The Environmental Sensitivities Workshop Project
Environmental sensitivities is an emerging illness that, according to a survey done by Health Canada (2003), affects between 2% to 3% of Canadians. Yet the general population and even health care providers know little about the condition. People suffering from this disease have very few tools to help them identify the cause of their symptoms and therefore have great difficulty getting the support they need to effectively manage their condition.
This website is a summary of the content from a workshop created in 2012 for people suffering from environmental sensitivities and their entourage. The workshop provided simple, clear and precise information (in French) on biological and legal aspects relating to environmental sensitivities. The project received funding from the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports of Quebec. It was under the initiative of the Service aux collectivités (service to the community) of UQAM (University of Québec in Montréal) that a multidisciplinary team was assembled. The team included: Rohini Peris and Michel Gaudet from the Environmental Health Association of Quebec (ASEQ-EHAQ); Rachel Cox, Professor in Legal Studies, Faculty of Law at UQAM ; Lise Parent, Professor at the Science and Technology Teaching and Research Unit of Long-Distance Learning at UQAM; and Marie-Eve Brodeur and Claire Vanier from UQAM’s Service aux collectivités.