I have followed with interest your anti-idling campaign, for which you are to be commended.
Given that air quality is of concern to you, I am puzzled why you have not addressed the issue of wood smoke.
On October 15, 2013, I addressed your committee on the subject of open air burning.
On February 12, 2014, I received an e-mail response from you which included the statement: "At this time we do not feel that there is enough evidence to support a passable recommendation to Council to ban open air burning in the City of Woodstock."
One might wonder why the committee would need assurance that a recommendation would be "passable". Open air burning is prohibited by the Ontario Fire Code, and municipalities have to do end runs around this legislation by passing their own bylaws, as Woodstock did in 2013.
I am writing to you today to request that WEAC revisit this issue.
You could substantially improve local air quality and the health of residents by:
1) advising Council to revoke the Open Air Burning Bylaw
2) launching a public awareness campaign concerning the dangers of wood smoke.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.