'OUR RIGHT TO FRESH AIR'
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For the sake of our health and its effect on global warming we the undersigned ask that all open burning in the District of North Cowichan Municipality be banned, including all residential land, new developments, agricultural and forestry lands. This petition does not pertain to fireplaces, recreational firepits or campfires. Because we share the air I ask that you sign this petition and comment even if you do not live in North Cowichan. Remember that smoke has no boundaries, it travels. In a study of eight major Canadian cities, Health Canada found that approximately 5,900 deaths per year could be attributed to air pollution. Open burning is a significant source of airborne fine particulate matter and is putting toxins into the air. This petition will be submitted to Our Mayor and Council of North Cowichan Municipality the middle of November 2009.
I have four beautiful GrandChildren with number five on her way. They are fifth generation Duncan residents. I have great investment in this community that I choose to live in. It feels sad for me that I have spent so much time attempting to get something for each one of us that I feel is our inherent right...fresh air! It is one of my life's missions to keep working on it until it is achieved. We are living with archaic by-laws that allow open burning. We know that the smoke from these fires causes pollution and is affecting our health and the quality of our lives.
'I ASK AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO PASS THIS PETITION ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO YOU FEEL HAS A RIGHT TO BREATHE FRESH AIR'.
Good luck and good health to each one of us:)
The Lung Association of British Columbia www.Penticton.ca/fire/Openburning.asp http://burningissues.org http://www.bcairsmart.ca Canadiancleanairalliance.ca