Protecting children’s health should be a top priority

Michelle Obama is continuing to advocate for positive change regarding children’s health and the problem of childhood obesity.  At a Partnership for a Healthier America summit held this month in Washington, she asked the audience to “think about why someone is okay” with children having anything less than healthy food to eat. — Her advocacy for…

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,…

Every citizen deserves to breathe clean air

Every citizen deserves to breathe clean air Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Lethbridge Herald (lethbridgeherald.com)  Letters, June 12, 2016 On a city street, lighting a wood fire creates an avoidable fire hazard. It also emits high levels of climate-forcing carbon and soot. There’s never a good time to pollute the air that neighbours breathe,…