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Health and environment - partners for life  
http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/community/pdf/health-environment_e.pdf

Describes the current understanding of the relationship between human health and the Canadian environment, based on the findings from the Action Plan on Health and the Environment (APHE), other Health Canada programs and other sources of information. Focusses on those contaminants that are of particular concern to the health of Canadians, notes the progress made in reducing levels of environmental contaminants and describes the impact that the human-made or 'built' environment can have on our health. (See Details)

Published: 1997
An anthology on women, health and environment  
http://www.who.int/docstore/peh/archives/women/wompretoc.htm
Examines environmental factors affecting women's health. Details how women, health and environment are linked concepts. Covers such topics as water quality, nutrition and agriculture, housing and shelter, and more. (See Details)
Published: 1994
Women and water  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/42068

Outlines the research being done by the National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH) on women's relationship to our most essential resource.  The author looks at the NNEWH's website www.womenandwater.ca , a research initiative on women and water in Canada exploring Canadian water issues and the implications for women's health.

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Published: Fall/Winter 2009/2010
The significance of privatization and commercialization trends for women's health  
http://www.womenandwater.ca/pdf/NNEWH%20water%20privatization.pdf

Examines contemporary pressures to move towards the privatization and commercialization of water services and delivery in Canada and evaluates the gendered health implications for women that would flow from these choices.

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Published: 2009
Women and Water in Canada: The significance of privatization and commercialization trends for women's health  
http://www.womenandwater.ca/pdf/NNEWH%20water%20privatization.pdf

Examines contemporary pressures to move towards the privatization and commercialization of water services and delivery in Canada and evaluates the gendered health implications for women that would flow from these choices.

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Published: August 2009
Aboriginal women, water and health: reflections from eleven First Nations, Inuit, and Métis grandmothers  
http://www.pwhce.ca/pdf/womenAndWater.pdf

Presents the reflections of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Grandmothers from different regions of Canada and different Indigenous nations. Explores the diversity as well as the commonalities among Aboriginal women and their relationships with water.

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Published: 2010
Women and water  
www.womenandwater.ca

A website that seeks to contribute to the dialogue around Canadian water policy through water research that affects women and their health. Women have historical and traditional ties and spiritual relationships with water. In this way, water is of central importance to health broadly-defined (i.e. not just physical health). However, often women are not specifically studied or physical effects on women are measured in relation to the health of their unborn and new babies. This website will explore the gendered risks to women in a country where access to safe water is often taken for granted.

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Published: 2010
Full circle: drugs, the environment and our health (Chapter 9 of The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy)  
http://www.womenandwater.ca/pdf/Push%20to%20Prescribe%20Ch%209.pdf

The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy discusses the complexity surrounding women and pharmaceuticals and uses the best evidence to argue for changes that better reflect women's needs in public health policy and that ensure those who are best suited to make these determinations are included in policy-making.

This chapter looks from a public health perspective at the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products that have been detected in Canadian water, with particular attention to women’s relationship to this issue.

The Push to Prescribe, edited by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil and published by Women’s Press, is available at your local bookstore or can be ordered online at www.cspi.org.

This chapter is being made available by National Network on Environments and Women's Health. Please note that this chapter is for individual use only and distribution is prohibited.

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Published: 2009
The gendered health effects of chronic low-dose exposures to chemicals in drinking water  
http://www.nnewh.org/images/upload/attach/1588hamm%202009.pdf

Presents the results of research examining drinking water data in five case studies spanning communities across the country. The data was examined in the context of emerging epidemiological evidence on low-dose exposures and their potential health effects during key developmental and reproductive life stages that can create “windows of vulnerability” with a distinctly gendered character. Confirms that for Canadians, the quality of your drinking water, from a long-term health perspective, depends on where you live.

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Published: 2009
2011 bottled water scorecard  
http://www.ewg.org/bottled-water-2011-home?inlist=Y&utm_source=bottledwaterrelease&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image&utm_campaign=water

Report on EWG’s survey of 173 unique bottled water products that found a few improvements over their 2009 Bottled Water Scorecard. Also found that there are still “too many secrets and too much advertising hype.” Discovered that 18 percent of bottled waters failed to list the source, and 32 percent disclosed nothing about the treatment or purity of the water.

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Published: 2011