Participation in a Chemicals Management Plan Workshop at the RCEN 2010 Conference

Consultation

Where: Montreal, QC
When: September 17-19, 2010

With the support of Health Canada, the RCEN selected seven ENGO delegates (four from Quebec and three from the rest of Canada) to participate in the RCEN Conference on the Environment. As part of the conference, the selected delegates participated in a two-hour Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) workshop on September 18th.

Selected Delegates (Québec):

  • Constantine Faizoun - Sierra Club of Canada, Quebec Chapter
  • Michel Gaudet - Environmental Health Association of Quebec
  • Janice Melanson – Breast Cancer Action Montreal
  • Barbara Vogt – Réseau québécois des femmes en environnement

Selected Delegates (rest of Canada):

  • Sheila Cole – Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia
  • Anne Rochon Ford - National Network on Environments and Women's Health/York University
  • Andrea Peart - Canadian Labour Congress
  • Louise Steeves - New Brunswick Lung Association

The first hour of the workshop included a short presentation on the RCEN’s CMP Capacity Building Project, followed by a discussion on the effectiveness of civil society engagement and capacity building to date, with a special emphasis on the participation of Quebec civil society. In the second hour, participants explored how capacity and engagement in the CMP might be enhanced going forward.

The perspectives gathered will be compiled into a consolidated report on deliberations and recommendations stemming from the CMP Workshop. Specifically, the report will include: 1) an evaluation of civil society capacity and engagement on the CMP to date; and 2) recommendations for enhancing civil society capacity and engagement on the CMP in the future.

Background Information
The Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), launched on December 8th, 2006, is an important initiative in the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to assess and manage the potential health and environmental risks from chemicals.

The CMP Capacity Building project is a partnership between the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) and Environmental Defence. The objective of the project is to enhance civil society capacity to engage in the Government of Canada's CMP initiative.

Technical experts at Environmental Defence have been conducting research and analysis on substances under assessment in the CMP, providing summaries in accessible formats. The RCEN has been disseminating the results of this research, along with opportunities for public engagement in the CMP, to a wide range of NGOs and civil society stakeholders.

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