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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

What are we flushing down the drain?
Assessing the hazards of pharmaceuticals and personal care products


Chris Metcalfe, Trent University

There are a variety of chemicals that we flush down the drain that wind-up passing through municipal wastewater treatment plants and into rivers and lakes. These chemicals include products such as cosmetics, shampoos and toothpaste, as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs excreted into sewage. Dr. Metcalfe will talk about what can be done to reduce the risks these chemicals pose to humans and wildlife, and the regulatory approach that Canada has adopted relative to other jurisdictions. He will also speak about a new initiative to evaluate the hazards associated with personal care products that contain “nanomaterials.”

Chris Metcalfe has been acclaimed, nationally and internationally, for his work on pharmaceuticals in the environment. A professor in the Environmental and Resource Studies Program at Trent University for more than 20 years, he has a wide range of experience in determining the environmental fate and effects of both persistent and non-persistent contaminants. In July 2006, he was appointed Director of the university’s Institute for Watershed Science, where he currently leads the creation of a state-of-the-art microenvironment laboratory that will use cutting-edge technology to develop more effective environmental management plans related to energy development, water protection, transportation and community health.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $15
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Thursday January 31st