Protecting clean air is important

Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Lethbridge Herald, Letters, October 3, 2019   The recent Global Climate Strike has highlighted the importance of a healthy environment and the interconnections between climate, air quality and public health. Hopefully, here in Lethbridge, the movement toward continued positive change can include all residents having equal access to clean,…

Thanks to those who protect clean air

Letter by Cathy Baiton printed in the Lethbridge Herald, Letters, August 1, 2019 “3 ways to beat the summer heat,” printed in the July 24 Sun Times/Shopper, points out how opening windows at night “can make indoor areas healthier and more comfortable for a home’s inhabitants.” The article notes that “by opening their windows at…

Wood fire bans important for public wellness

Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Lethbridge Herald – Letters, August 14, 2018 Wildfire smoke has been blanketing much of our province and city. This weekend has been especially smoky and warm. Birds have been noticeably silent. The air has felt heavy and still, and even trees and other plants seem to have less…

The public deserves answers about the BC Lung Association’s involvement in a tainted air scandal

  (Public domain photo)   The newest blog article from the Gabriola Clean Air Society examines further the serious problem of the BC Lung Association’s involvement in (and associated profit from) promoting the sale of harmful smoke-producing products through wood stove exchange and associated pro-wood burning programs.  Wood stove exchanges, which have been a major boon…

The hearth industry’s wood stove-to-wood stove exchanges and false promises about “EPA-certified” wood stoves are smoke-screens

  Wood stove exchange programs have now been going on for nearly three decades. Many people, including probably most elected officials and even many directors and board members of some air quality agencies, have been led to believe that such programs first began as a government-led health initiative. But although the hearth industry has been…