Environment & Health

ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH, REPRODUCTIVE AND GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES, HEALTH POLICY

Varda has published in scholarly and popular venues, worked in all media, and consulted to a variety of clients over the years. Selected works from her writing and a few examples of consulting reports in environment, health, reproductive and genetic technologies and health policy can be found on this page.

SELECTED WORKS

FICTION

Upstream. Forthcoming. Brings the players and the vicSarnia_3192bwtims of the petrochemical industry to life, across decades and continents, in peace and in war.

Water Inc. Novel. Verso Books, London (UK), 2005; McArthur & Co, Toronto, 2006; subsequently translated and published in Montreal (French), Munich (German), Seoul (Korean) and Belgrade (Serbian.)

Waters_6649sm“I could not put Water Inc. down… It’s a fantastic read, a heart-pounding eye-opener for Americans, full of great characters, romance, damning eco-facts; a political thriller and spiller that will grab you and hold you in bed late at night or at the beach. Refreshing, hard-hitting and full of hope all at once.” Laura Flanders, host of The Laura Flanders Show on Air America, and author of Bush Women.

NON-FICTION / ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH

Recognition, Inclusion and Equity – The Time is Now: Perspectives of Ontarians Living with Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Myalgic Encephalomyetis Association Of Ontario (http://meao.ca/ ) and project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/). 2013. A major report for a collaborative of patients, health providers and government addressing current state of lack of care (qualitative survey of patients’ experience, needs, gaps in services) for people living with chronic, environmentally-linked illnesses; special analysis of women’s, children’s, stigmatization and ES/MCS issues; in-depth exploration of proposed model of care and delivery; in-depth discussion of issues in barrier removal across government and society.

Recognition, Inclusion and Equity Website, content and design (http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/), for the project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health

Policy Implications of Health Harms of Chemicals to Women. With Anne Phillips, Ph.D. Policy Conference of Women’s Health Network, Health Canada and Environment Canada. Ottawa, February 26, 2009.

A World Fit for Children. Child Honoring. Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman, eds. Foreword by the Dalai Lama. Praeger 2006. Toxic World, Troubled Minds (with David Fenton). No Child Left Behind, Sharna Olfman, ed. Praeger, 2005. Techno-Environmental Assaults on Childhood in America (with Gary Sampson). Childhood Lost: How American Culture is Failing our Kids. Sharna Olfman, ed. Praeger 2005.

New Ideas in Sickness and Health. Two hour-long documentaries on environmental illness and iatrogenic illness. Ideas. CBC Radio 1984. First in-depth presentation of ‘Environmental Illness’ (today known as MCS) in Canada, at a national level.

NEW REPRODUCTIVE AND GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES

The Dystopia of Our Times: Genetic Engineering and Other Afflictions. The Socialist Register 2000. Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, eds. Merlin. London (UK), 2000.

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Main basse sur les gènes and Clonage (ou l’art de se faire doubler). Series consultant and English-language on-camera interviewer. Directed by Louise Vandelac and Karl Parent. Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada. Montreal 1999. Multiple awards in the United States, Canada and France.

Breeding Discontent. Saturday Night, June 1993. Excerpted in Reader’s Digest, October 1993. Nominated for National Magazine Award 1993. AnMisconceptions_6655smthologized in Misconceptions: The Social Construction of Choice and the Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, Gwynne Basen, Margrit Eichler and Abby Lippman, eds. Voyageur Publishing. Hull 1993.

Making Babies. Canadian Forum. April 1993. New reproductive technologies. Making Perfect Babies. Canadian Forum. May 1993. New genetic technologies. Anthologized in Rethinking the Future: Canada’s Liveliest Minds Take on the 21st Century. Patricia Elliott, ed. Fifth House Publishers, Saskatoon, 1993.

Technologizing Procreation. Two hour-long documentaries on the new reproductive and genetic technologies, including interviews with German experts and activists. IDEAS. CBC Radio 1992.

On the Eighth Day: Perfecting Mother Nature, Making Babies (hour 1) and Making Perfect Babies (hour 2). Series consultant. Directed by Gwynne Basen. Produced by Mary Armstrong. National Film Board of Canada/Cinefort. 1992. Premiered on CBC television’s documentary program, Witness. Multiple award winner, Canada, US, France.

A Technological Handmaid’s Tale: The New Reproductive Technologies. With the NAC Reproductive Technologies Committee. National Action Committee on the Status of Women brief to the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. Toronto. October/June 1991. Technologizing Procreation. Two hour-long documentaries on the new reproductive and genetic technologies. Ideas. CBC Radio 1991. New Reproductive Technologies. Consultant, feature documentary by Mary O’Connell. Sunday Morning. CBC Radio. December 1989.

HEALTH AND HEALTH POLICY

Health Reform and Women’s Health in Canada 1995. Lead author with Andrea Knight, Lyra Group. Research and analysis of convergences and contradictions in health reform and women’s health, for the Director-General, Women’s Bureau, Health Canada. Ottawa 1995.

EssexCounty_200hEssex County Total Health System Reconfiguration Project. Co-author with Ted Ball and Liz Verlaan, Health Concepts Consultants. Windsor District Health Council. Essex County District Health Council. 1994.

Twenty-two major policy speeches for health reform in key sector of Ontario’s health care system. For Hon. Frances Lankin, Ontario Minister of Health. Ontario Ministry of Health 1991-1992.

A Portrait of Nursing. Consultant. Directed by Laura Sky. Skyworks.1990.