Sunday, July 3, 2016

A message from the Government of Canada (e-mail to Council, July 3, 2016)

It's another smoky night in my neighbourhood, with multiple fire pits burning.  Ditto last night.

Could you spare a moment to read what your federal government has to say about wood smoke?

"Avoid wood smoke

The main pollutants in wood smoke that cause health concerns are:
  • Particulate matter - This is the term for solid or liquid particles found in the air, which help create smog. They can be very small and can travel deep into your lungs, causing breathing and heart problems.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) - This is a colourless, odourless gas that is poisonous at high levels. It can make you feel sick and even kill you.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) - These are a wide range of compounds that usually have no colour, taste or smell. Some cause direct health effects, while others contribute to smog.
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) - These compounds are a health concern because they can cause cancer."
Do you have no concern for the poisoning of the local air, due to the Open Air Burning Bylaw?

As always, I would appreciate a reply acknowledging that you have read this.   

Sandra Talbot, Shawn Shapton, Jerry Acchione, Connie Lauder

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