Why is the BC Lung Association not yet advocating strongly for wood burning bans?

Why is the BC Lung Association not yet advocating strongly for wood burning bans? Its connection to the Western Canada chapter of the wood burning industry’s largest lobby group is undoubtedly a major part of the reason why the organization has to date provided neither: strong advocacy for complete residential wood burning bans which are essential…

All Canadian Lung Association chapters must begin doing much more to help protect everyone’s right to breathe healthy air.

  Edit, May 9, 2017:  For some reason the previous two embedded Facebook posts, visible here before this evening, are showing at the time of this writing as not presently available: In case the links are still not appearing in some browsers, I’ll describe them here and include direct links to each one:  The first includes a post…

The hearth industry lobbies all levels of government in opposing clean air legislation

  Financial interests of the highly polluting wood burning industry are represented and promoted by the hearth industry’s main lobby organization, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA).   The HPBA’s website outlines some of the organization’s past and ongoing policies, campaigns, and interventions that advance the interests of business owners, and that discourage lawmakers from…

Alberta’s problematic Bioenergy Producer Program

By giving subsidies even to companies that would produce increased carbon and particle emissions from the production and burning of woody biomass sources including wood pellets, the Alberta government would be hurting, rather than helping to protect, the environment, and would be placing public health at risk. An October 25, 2016  Alberta Government press release announced that the Alberta government’s Bioenergy Producer Program,…

Where there’s smoke

Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Calgary Herald (calgaryherald.com) Letters – March 13, 2015 Re: “Fire in the hole,” Swerve, March 9 – http://bit.ly/1KvuTCg How disappointing to see a smoke-producing device like this highly polluting, backyard bread and pizza oven being romanticized. Smoke from any source is toxic, and wood burning of any kind…