C4CA Press Releases

One year later, expert recommendations remain stagnant

Monday, August 15, 2011 – Oakville, ON – Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA) is calling on each of the Provincial Parties to adopt recommendations put forward by experts to improve air quality in the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed, an area that borders Mississauga near Lake Ontario.  Released more than one year ago, the report of the Southwest Greater Toronto Air Quality Task Force, headed by Dr. David Balsillie, included 35 recommendations and found “pollution from transportation, industrial and residential sources must come down.”

“It has been a year since Dr. Balsillie recommended an Airshed Management System be established and people in the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed area continue to struggle with significant air quality and health issues, including the highest youth asthma rates in the province,” says C4CA Board Chair, Frank Clegg. “We are seeking a commitment from each of the Party leaders that they will take action immediately following the election.”

The expert Task Force recommended a pilot project be conducted involving both the community and the Ministry of the Environment to deal with all emissions in the Airshed, regardless of source. “Under this model, the community would work with the Ministry of the Environment to implement the Task Force’s recommendations, including the formation of the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed Action Committee. This new governance model also sees the Ministry of Environment playing a crucial role … For the governance model to be effective, regional and municipal governments, local industry and residents will also have to be at the table,” the report says.

The report noted that air quality in the Oakville-Clarkson area can be expected to worsen due to increasing congestion on roadways, expanding industrial production as the economy improves and population growth in the area. “There will be pressure to increase air pollution emissions. This is unacceptable,” the Report also states.

About Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA)

Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA) is a broad coalition of concerned citizens who are opposed to locating Power Plants unreasonably close to homes and schools.  C4CA is a non partisan, non-profit organization that is also committed to improving air quality in South Western Ontario.  For more information visit www.c4ca.org.

The Southwest Greater Toronto Air Quality Task Force Report can be found at: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/environment/en/resources/STDPROD_080704.html

Please take a minute to let the Leaders know you care!

Use the links below to send a message to Ontario’s political party leaders before the next election: Enough Study. It’s time for action on the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed!

Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Liberal Party Leader: http://www.ontarioliberal.ca/ContactUs.aspx

Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader: http://www.ontariopc.com/contact-us/

Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP Leader: http://ontariondp.com/en/contact-us

Mike Schreiner, Ontario Green Party Leader: http://www.gpo.ca/contact