Air quality smoke, mirrors

Who wants to retire in Alberni, where you can shorten your life by five years and even faster if you have COPD, asthma or a heart condition?

To the Editor,

Another beautiful day in Polluted Port Alberni as the burners continue on all levels, from wood stoves to backyard burning of all sorts of debris to garbage.

And this is OK with the city, which has helped keep us in the lead in being the most unhealthy community in B.C. Bravo.

When the city couldn’t keep up with their vision for a healthy community,  they decided to quit and take up another new vision: air quality.

With the way things are going they are failing at that as well.

This must be why they have moved the air monitoring station from the Port Boat House building to the fire hall, knowing the air will exceed the standards allowed when the coal, coal ships and all the container ships start to sit out in the harbour idling away on top of all the wood smoke and mill pollution.

This is a city looking for ways to attract more people to the community but it doesn’t give a care to the citizens; they have just proved it with another outrageous tax hike.

Who wants to retire in Polluted Port Alberni, where you can shorten your life by five years and even faster if you have COPD, asthma or a heart condition?

The city thinks this is acceptable and no need for a nuisance bylaw to control all the bad burners. If you move here this could be your neighbour and there is nothing the city will do to help you.

I’m sure if any council members lived beside someone like this there would a bylaw in no time!

Gary Lajeunesse,

Port Alberni

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