On May 14th British Columbians went to the polls to elect a new government. Elections represent change with a promise of hope for a better tomorrow, much like the Canadian Cancer Society’s endless fight to create a healthier future for our province where no British Columbian fears cancer.  

The path to getting there is by stopping cancer before it starts, in other words, making investments in cancer prevention.

Advocate Michelle Li wants parks safe for her children/.

Advocate Michelle Li wants parks safe for her children.

With the support of thousands of British Columbians and our amazing team of dedicated volunteers, the Society was able to speak-out loudly, raise our voices as one and help make cancer prevention an election issue.

During the election period, the Society asked candidates of all parties to make investments in cancer prevention by supporting the following: 

    – smoke-free parks, playgrounds as well as patios of bars and restaurants;
    - and a ban on the use, sale and retail display of cosmetic pesticides.

With the support of thousands of British Columbians and our amazing team of dedicated volunteers, the Society was able to speak-out loudly, raise our voices as one and make cancer prevention an election issue! Our efforts to meet with close to 100 election candidates across the Province, to send in 2,500 emails to BC’s party leaders, and to collect nearly 1,000 petition signatures, encouraged the support of both the Green Party and the NDP to include a ban on cosmetic pesticides in their party platforms. 

We were not alone in our call for cancer prevention, the BC Healthy Living Alliance, BC SPCA, Inspire Health, First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, Vote Environment 2013, and the PHABC all showed support for our election priorities.

We are so pleased with the contributions of our supporters and volunteers in helping to make cancer prevention an election issue. Thank you for joining the fight against cancer!