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David Suzuki’s Blue Dot program needs action not just words

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:51 pm

David Suzuki’s Blue Dot program needs action not just words
Posted by: fitzhugh Posted date: June 21, 2017 In: Archive, Letters to the Editor | comment : 0

Dear editor,

David Suzuki started the Blue Dot program hoping for the right to clean air be include in the Constitution. Local councils and Blue Dot supporters across the country, including Jasper are not waiting for a change in the Constitution but are supporting the concept.

Unfortunately, words are not translating into active support for clean air and Jasper is no exception. No research is needed as we can simply borrow ideas from more environmentally conscious parts of the world. For example, many U.S. states have mandatory emission testing for automobiles to reduce emissions while in Britain, commercial diesel trucks have filters on the exhausts. In this regard, filters on the exhausts of diesel engines on the trains that idle in Jasper would be relevant. It needs the province to act but this is unlikely while there is no support for effective measures from the public.

The most troubling source of pollution in Jasper, as well as Banff and Field is residential wood burning. It has become a global problem and one that has been a concern since historical times. Googling <wood smoke pollution> will outline a host of health problems related to wood smoke. However, it is particularly troubling that residents in the national parks have shown so little regard for the environment by burning wood and have shown no regard for the impact of wood smoke on neighbours’ health. Residential wood burning is the most dangerous source of urban pollution and a problem that can be addressed locally. As examples, a ban on wood burning appliances in new homes, as in Golden B.C., is one approach or a ban on wood burning when the air is calm, as in so many U.S. cities, or a ban on selling a home unless wood burning appliances are removed.

Everyone in the province should be concerned about the cost of treating smoke-related diseases. If we borrow data from the Australians then each wood stove costs taxpayers $15,000 each year and the new outdoor wood boilers ten times that amount. Emissions from wood burning fireplaces are just as deadly but their use varies so it is difficult to estimate the cost to the health care system.
Hopefully, supporters of the Blue Dot program will support the right to clean air with positive action and not just words.

Alan Smith,
A director of the Canadian Clean Air Alliance

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http://www.fitzhugh.ca/david-suzukis-bl ... ust-words/
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Poisoned air

The London Free Press24 Jun 2017

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle Half of Cana­di­ans will get can­cer, re­port pre­dicts (June 21).

As­sum­ing that ev­ery mem­ber of Lon­don city coun­cil has read this ar­ti­cle, I would like to di­rect their at­ten­tion to Can­cer Care On­tario’s key mes­sages from the 2016 re­port En­vi­ron­men­tal Bur­den of Can­cer in On­tario.

One of the three top en­vi­ron­men­tal car­cino­gens is fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter, a com­po­nent of wood smoke. Ex­po­sure to this sub­stance re­sults in far more can­cers than sec­ond-hand to­bacco smoke or as­bestos.

One of the three top en­vi­ron­men­tal car­cino­gens is fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter, a com­po­nent of wood smoke. Ex­po­sure to this sub­stance re­sults in far more can­cers than sec­ond-hand to­bacco smoke or as­bestos.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion there is no safe level of ex­po­sure, yet coun­cil con­tin­ues to per­mit open air burn­ing, thus sub­ject­ing res­i­dents to this and an as­sort­ment of other tox­ins.

If the wa­ter sup­ply were being poi­soned, those re­spon­si­ble would be charged. Why is it ac­cept­able to poi­son the air?

Alma Hys­lop Wood­stock

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https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the- ... 0247986471
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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