Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Air quality in Quebec: avoid moving to the red zone, advocates Jackie Smith

Parents of asthmatic children should avoid living in “red zones” where there is a high concentration of fine particles in the ambient air, said Jackie Smith, municipal councilor of Limoilou.

“If your child has asthma… Take out the map and see the red areas… Do not move from there. Especially where there is not much wood burning or in difficult areas. If you can, the head of Transition Quebec gave advice on Monday morning.

Air quality in Quebec: avoid moving to the red zone, advocates Jackie Smith

Here was the revelation of the CIUSSS report on air quality in Quebec City and especially on the impact of fine particles.

According to her “this data” [du rapport du CIUSSS]which are very accurate, those which we have already put in Limoilou in black and white. It’s like a test.”

For people who already live in red zones, especially in Limoilou, Ms. Smith does not recommend moving. “We don’t ask: “Is Limoilou problematic”? Everything in Limoilou’s surroundings is problematic. These problems must be removed, such as the paths and signs of the industry, harassed, abandoned. If we live there, join us who want to change Limoilou.

CIUSSS reaction

When asked about this same matter, Dr. André Dontigny, director of public health of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, does not think that the citizens of the red zone, especially of Lemovice, should move.

“I do not recommend that we move,” he replied. On the other hand, yes, we have a situation where the health impact is great and we can do better. We can reduce these pollutants in the air. ”

According to him, “an amendment has been made” [de la qualité de l’air à Limoilou au fil des ans]. What we are pointing out is that this amendment does not lead us to state that this risk, from the point of view of public health, is a risk that it is not. The danger is great, a little greater on the part of Limoilou, Vanier, of the Lower Town, but still it is a danger that is almost comparable to what we will experience in general in urban areas.

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