Air Pollution

Businesses Should Disclose What They Spew

By Ben Bull
Published July 06, 2007

Today's Toronto Star reports a novel idea proposed by Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health:

"Toronto's air is dangerous to our health and to clean it up local businesses should be forced to disclose what they spew," he suggests.

So simple, and yet so potentially effective. Hamilton should take note.

The recommendation should get the nod from the City's Board of Health Monday, and wind its way to the council table sometime next spring.

The City will not, however, be able to act on any of the disclosures. That's the responsibility of the province.

Still, knowing what's out there, and who spewed it, is a great way for us to start cleaning up our air.

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 06, 2007 at 10:16:04

Good luck trying to get Hamilton's health board or its medical officer of health to be this proactive. Dr. Richardson sees her role in the narrowest possible terms - so narrow that last summer they decided the health board didn't even need to bother issuing heat alerts.

Last summer, RTH called on the medical officer of health to declare extreme smog days to be the public health emergency that they are and restrict unnecessary driving:

http://www.raisethehammer.org/blog/237/

Even the Hamilton Spectator published the call as an op-ed:

http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/...

Needless to say, it fell on deaf ears at the health board.

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