Alberni talks hot air

Meteorologist Earle Plain and VIHA Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback encouraged councillors to support the new burn bylaw.

The city’s bid for a new burning bylaw got a shot in the arm, Monday night.

Air Quality Meteorologist Earle Plain and Vancouver Island Health Authority Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback both encouraged councillors to support the new bylaw.

Hasselback said the most important thing the city could do to improve air quality was to approve the burning bylaw.

Plain told councillors that fine particulate matter in the air poses the greatest risk to health in the Alberni Valley.

Particulate, which is a mix of solid and liquid drops invisible to the eye, is created in combustible material “or anything you can burn,” Plain said.

A single wood stove is not a concern. But three to eight woodstoves concentrated in one area make for a large-scale impact, he added.

“Forty per cent of the Valley’s population is at increased risk for poor health as result of poor air quality,” Hasselback said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Organizations helping Alberni’s marginalized feel the pinch

Operational demands, wage hike put hole in Bread of Life budget

Port Alberni votes to change way council pay is increased

New way will focus on Consumer Price Index, future councils

Port Alberni’s Salvation Army kettle campaign needs help

Dec. 15 is matching day at Walmart kettle

‘Ghost bikes’ installed to remember teen cyclists who died in Port Alberni

Cycle Alberni installs memorials to remember teens, remind all about road safety

Mount Washington opening for winter season this weekend

The resort’s original opening day was delayed due to lack of snow

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Most Read