Sunday, March 24, 2013
Air Care Chat
Upper Fraser Valley air shed is making people ill
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chwk
ear Mayor Gaetz: I value your work and your friendship. Kindly circulate the waste management articles listed below, especially the one on polystyrene ("Styrofoam") being banned in New York.
You probably realize that much polystyrene is put into general garbage in
Chilliwack, by every household, eatery, grocery store, hospital and
business. We all buy lots of it used for coffee, picnic plates and packaging
of raw meat, electronics and plumbing, etc.
State of the Air
People living in the lower Fraser Valley do not notice the smog or suffer
from it as much as we do. Here nearly everyone suffers from several of the
following symptoms: irritated watery eyes, continuous sniffles, hearing
loss, dizziness, sinusitis, dry and wet coughs, laryngitis, bronchitis,
pneumonia, asthma and emphysema. Some of these conditions affect blood
pressure and cholesterol. Because of the load on the heart, the incidence of
congestive heart failure has increased.
Rail for the Valley
The interurban corridor is through farming communities, so would serve farm
families and agro- tourists better than the Highway #1 corridor. It runs
near six university campuses so will serve thousands of students and staff.
I know personally two professors who told me they would eagerly travel daily
from Chilliwack to Abbotsford campus and return.
I appreciate your work as Mayor, Chair of FVRD and on Union of BC Municipalities.
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