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…

We are entitled to clean air

  Letter by Cathy Baiton, Printed in The Lethbridge Herald – Letters, June 28, 2017 Last evening air pollution kept some residents on/near 13 Street South inside. When someone lights a wood fire in a residential zone (and there are always cleaner, smoke-free, non-wood burning alternatives), that person affects air quality for fellow citizens, often…

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,…