Saskatoon voters encouraged to support health-minded candidates this coming election

11 October 2012

Regina -

The Canadian Cancer Society is asking Saskatoon voters to consider community health when they choose who to vote for in the upcoming civic election. The Society has launched a website to help voters understand some of its cancer prevention priorities and where their candidates stand on those issues. The Society sent surveys to all candidates asking if they support restricting smoking in outdoor places including playgrounds, sports fields, outdoor stadiums and municipal property. They were also asked whether they would support a ban on the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes. Their responses are available at .

“Many people tell us that they are worried about cancer-causing substances in the environment. Our website is intended to educate voters on municipal bylaws that can help reduce their exposure, and inform them of what candidates think about these issues so that they can vote accordingly,” said Donna Ziegler, Director of cancer control for the Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan.

At least half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy changes in lifestyle.  Public policies make healthy choices easier which is why municipal leadership is a key to cancer prevention. Municipalities are able to adopt health-promoting bylaws more quickly than provincial or federal governments.  This is why it is crucial for municipalities to take action now to help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

There are many examples across Canada where municipal bylaws have set the standard for provincial legislation, and motivated provincial governments to take action. “Saskatoon is a great example. Back in 2005 it banned smoking in public places including outdoor patios of restaurants and bars. Because of its leadership the provincial government followed suit shortly thereafter and banned smoking in all public places province-wide,” added Ziegler.

During the next few weeks leading up to the October 24th election, the Society will be using social media to engaging the public and its thousands of volunteers.  “This is an opportunity to voters to make a difference and create healthy communities for their families.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Pasiechnik

Manager, Tobacco Control, Media & Government Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Saskatchewan Division

Phone: 306-790-9871