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…

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,…

The harmful health effects of localized air pollution must be an ongoing focus in lung health education.

Until fairly recently some chapters of the Canadian Lung Association and the American Lung Association have seemed at times to be focused almost exclusively on the issue of tobacco reduction in their public education efforts via social media.  Of late though, the issue of radon (along with various business owners and technicians associated with what appears to be…

Permitting outdoor burning a mistake that needs to be corrected

Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Lethbridge Herald (lethbridgeherald.com) Letters – March 16, 2014 The Feb. 25 Herald article “Firepits won’t be banned; some new restrictions” asserts, “No city in Alberta – and few across the nation – have actually banned firepits, despite concerns about smoke and its effects on neighbours with respiratory problems.”…