Category Archives: Risk

Risk Assessment

On communication of risk in the media: a case study using asbestos

I had an interesting discussion this morning with a member of the media on the topic of risk communication. The discussion derived from an Ottawa Citizen article “DND moving 500 staff members into Gatineau building containing asbestos – workers not … Continue reading

Posted in Risk, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

On Carbon Dioxide Toxicity

The other evening I became engaged in a fascinating discussion (for me) with a climate skeptic on the topic of carbon dioxide, specifically whether it was “toxic” or not. After that discussion I committed to do a write-up on the … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry and Toxicology, Risk, Uncategorized | 18 Comments

On chemical scare-mongering and science communication, it’s BPA’s turn this time

I have written numerous blog posts describing the miscommunication of human health risks posed by chemistry and chemicals; covering topics from gypsy-moth spray to synthetic soccer fields. Frankly the fact that I have an entire section of this blog dedicated … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry and Toxicology, Risk, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

On poor science communication in the media: a case study on the flu vaccine

This morning I was directed to a blog post by Bill Tieleman in The Tyee. The post dealt with the flu vaccine and was titled Time to End Expensive, Ineffective Forced Flu Shots. This is the latest of his, now … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Chemistry and Toxicology, Risk, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

On scare reporting of science and the risk of eating red meat

My twitter feed went insane this morning following a news release from The Lancet about an article titled Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat. For anyone interested in toxicology, human health risk assessment or simply regular readers of … Continue reading

Posted in Risk, Risk Communication | 3 Comments

On Wi-Fi, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and the Nocebo Effect

One of my fears when I wrote my previous post about Wi-Fi was that I was opening a Pandora’s Box on the whole field of electromagnetic fields and health. As I expected, shortly after I posted that blog a number … Continue reading

Posted in Wi-Fi | Leave a comment

On Wi-Fi in Schools and the Precautionary Principle

I knew this day was coming. I wasn’t sure when, but I knew that at some point as a promoter of evidence-based decision-making I would have to take on the topic of Wi-Fi in schools at this blog. Well the … Continue reading

Posted in Wi-Fi | 4 Comments

More on that "Toxic Benzene Plume"

Today’s blog post is intended to provide some further commentary on the “toxic benzene plume” from my previous blog post: Questions about the City of Vancouver May 27th Trans-Mountain Expansion Proposal Summary of Evidence. As readers of my blog know, … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Environmentalism and Ecomodernism, Risk | 2 Comments

Questions about the City of Vancouver May 27th Trans-Mountain Expansion Proposal Summary of Evidence

Yesterday my twitter feed was stuffed with multiple re-tweets of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Proposal (TMEP) Summary of Evidence (SoE) prepared for Vancouver City Council 27 May 2015 (ref). I was first directed to the document by Jeff Lee … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, General Politics, Risk, Trans Mountain, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

On the “conspiracy” to force people to remain connected to sanitary and sewer systems

The topic for tonight’s blog arrived on my radar because of the story of a Florida woman who went to court in an attempt to legally get herself off the grid (ref and ref). Her story created a pretty significant … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Risk, Uncategorized | 1 Comment