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How does the toxic soup around us affect our kids? TVO investigates in a special TV-web event, Wednesday May 14, 2008

The View From Here: Toxic Trespass – Canadian Premiere
Wednesday May 14, 2008 at 10 pm ET, simulcast on TVO and at TVOParents.com

Your Voice: Toxic Trespass live webcast discussion
Wednesday May 14, 2008 at 11 pm ET at TVOParents.com

TORONTO, May 2 – From bisphenol A (BPA) to pesticides, chemicals and pollutants surround us. Last month, the federal government proposed that BPA, a chemical commonly found in plastic baby bottles should be classified as “toxic” under Canadian law. And the Ontario government introduced new legislation banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides. Is that enough to protect children from the environmental toxic soup? What’s the impact of all these chemicals on our kids’ health? On Wednesday May 14, 2008 starting at 10 pm, TVO provides insight into these questions through a multi-platform event beginning with the documentary Toxic Trespass, followed by a live webcast discussion with experts. Toxic Trespass – Canadian Premiere
10 pm ET, simulcast on TVO and at TVOParents.com

Can childhood illness be attributed to industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants? Filmmaker Barri Cohen begins her investigation with her 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. She heads to the Canadian “toxic hotspots” of Windsor and Sarnia, which have startling clusters of deadly diseases. Reports of children suffering from respiratory illnesses, leukemia, brain tumours and other illnesses are common. On the Native reserve of Aamjiwnaang, ringed by Sarnia’s “chemical valley,” a startling low birth rate just can’t be ignored.

Cohen’s journey brings her in contact with activists working for change, as well as with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems. She also learns how quickly barriers can go up when anyone tries to ask government officials about the connection between toxins and serious health concerns.

Your Voice: Toxic Trespass webcast discussion – LIVE
11 pm ET at TVOParents.com

Your Voice is TVO’s online program that helps parents help their kids succeed in school and beyond. Immediately following Toxic Trespass, Your Voice will explore issues raised in the documentary. Parents can join host Cheryl Jackson and an expert panel to find out what every Ontarian should know about chemicals in our environment and their effects on our children’s health. Guests include:

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Viewers can participate by sending their questions directly to the panel online at TVOParents.com, or by phone at 1.888.891.1195. Parents can also connect with other parents in an online chat.

About TVO

TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

For further information: Media Contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2035, 1-800-613-0513, [email protected]