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Community Right to Know
« on: April 28, 2007, 05:52:30 PM »
Lifting Veil on Toxic Neighbours

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Unlike people in many parts of the United States and in other industrialized countries, Toronto residents get little information about any of them. Maclure and other advocates of what's called "community right to know" argue that must change. Disclosure is the only way, they say, to clean up the environment and protect public health. And, they argue, any level of government could do it.

The advocates face a big obstacle, though. They're trying to arouse interest in something that's not measured.

Logic and statistics suggest the small sources have a big impact: About 9,600 businesses in Toronto handle chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer, lung ailments or other diseases. There has been enough monitoring and studies to show that pollutants get into the air, water and soil from spills or regulated discharges. The Ontario Medical Association says bad air causes 1,700 premature deaths in Toronto each year.

Combine that with the EPA estimate and it appears to add up to a conclusion, though it's based on suspicion and not hard facts.

So Maclure spends on lot of time on research, meetings, letters and lobbying politicians.

It's a tough grind.

Toronto City Council has endorsed disclosure, in theory, for more than 20 years, but never passed a law. Another attempt is underway: It's part of Mayor David Miller's environment plan.

The Board of Health is to submit a report and recommendations in June. A proposed bylaw might go to council in fall.


TEA ecourages  you to write to David Miller.

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Re: Community Right to Know
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010, 07:58:40 PM »
From the government announcements .... next week is Right To Know Week. (27 September - 1 October).
                          The   purpose of Right to Know (RTK) Week is to raise awareness about   people‚Äôs right to access government information while promoting freedom   of information as essential to both democracy and good governance.   

ETA: ed here: hope that fixed things for now. Put back what you'd like, Croggy. 
« Last Edit: September 24, 2010, 08:04:18 PM by skdadl »
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