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Bruce Lourie on "Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How The Toxicity of Everyday Life Affects Our Health"

4:45-5:29pm check-in; 5:30pm sharp to 6:30pm book talk and fireside chat; 6:30-6:40pm book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Monday April 22, 2019 | 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Speaker(s): Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation; Advisor – Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission; Author

In Conversation With: Jamison Steeve, Executive Director - Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; Board Director, Evergreen
Topic: "Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How The Toxicity of Everyday Life Affects Our Health" (by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, Knopf, first published in 2009 with an updated, revised and re-issued 10th Anniversary edition released in February 2019)
Venue: Classroom 1065 (Ground Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $27.00 plus HST per person (includes 1 paperback copy of "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" and 1 seat for the talk)
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Book Synopsis: The landmark book about the toxicity of everyday life, updated, revised and re-issued for its 10th anniversary, along with the experiments from Smith and Lourie's second book, Toxin Toxout. It's amazing how little can change in a decade. In 2009, a book transformed the way we see our frying pans, thermometers and tuna sandwiches. Daily life was bathing us in countless toxins that accumulated in our tissues, were passed on to our children and damaged our health. To expose the extent of this toxification, environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie offered themselves to science and undertook a series of over a dozen experiments to briefly raise their personal levels of mercury, BPA, Teflon and other pollutants. The ease with which ordinary activities caused dangerous levels to build in their bodies was a wake-up call, and readers all over the world responded. But did government regulators and corporations? Ten years later, there is good news. But not much. Concise, shocking, practical and hopeful, this new combined edition of one of the most important books ever published about green living will put the nasty stuff back where it belongs: on the national agenda and out of our bodies.

About Our Speaker: 
Bruce Lourie is an environmental thought leader in Canada and an acknowledged global expert on pollution and sustainable energy. He has founded many important environmental organizations such as the Clean Economy Fund, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, the Sustainability Network and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. Bruce is President of the Ivey Foundation, one of the largest private foundations supporting sustainability in the country, and is an advisor to Canada's Ecofiscal Commission.

Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
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