On November 20, 2007, the Ontario government announced a new toxins-reduction strategy to minimize potential health threats caused by toxic chemicals. As part of the strategy, the government indicated that it will, first, appoint a panel of scientific and medical experts to determine which chemicals should be of immediate attention. Following this determination, the government plans to introduce legislation to reduce the use of these chemicals and to inform the public of toxic chemicals in the air, water, land and consumer products. Other initiatives that form part of the strategy include introducing legislation in spring 2008 to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides; issuing province-wide standards to reduce elevated lead levels in drinking water systems; and working with Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association to identify, target and reduce the number of cancer-causing agents released into the environment. For more information, please see  www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/news/2007/112001.php.