Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

January/February 2011

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Our Health and the Health of the Planet

Our health and the health of the planet
As an RN, Susan Yates is well aware of the cumulative effects that environmental factors can have on one’s health. But she never voiced her opinions in public until RNAO’s policy department approached her for help. It was the fall of 2009 and Yates, president of the Wellington chapter, was asked to represent the association at a stakeholder consultation on toxics. The Ministry of the Environment had chosen Guelph as one of five communities to provide input on a policy proposal for Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Strategy.