Wednesday, June 08, 2005

**SMOG ADVISORY** how ironic ?

mere hours after GTA politicians came together for 'Smog Summit 2005' we receive our 3rd smog advisory in less than a week. enjoy (cough .! * ack /"

'ironic' was the word David Phillips (Environment Canda senior climatologist) used on June 6 (Toronto Star A8) at the start of environment week.

Tragic is the word I'll use because later that day, we also learned 822 people every year die in Toronto because of our toxic, smoggy air. Please read the following advisory and take whatever actions you deem appropriate.

My hat off to Air Apparent activists for risking arrest this morning, doing what they can in the fight for clean air.

We'll be sure to talk about this at tonights Climate Change screening (7 pm 321 Bloor W, rm 35), and again on the radio show tonight at 10.

the following was sent to me at 1:47 pm June 8, 2005 by Air Quality Ontario. you can sign up there to get your own **smog adivosories**

For general inquiries about smog alerts, or if you are experiencing technical
difficulties, e-mail:
For media inquiries call the media line at (416) 314-6666.

A SMOG ADVISORY* has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the
Environment for the following forecast regions:
For: Wednesday June 8, 2005
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
City of Hamilton
City of Ottawa
City of Toronto
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Dufferin - Innisfil
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Grey - Bruce
Halton - Peel
Huron - Perth
Oxford - Brant
Prescott and Russell
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Waterloo - Wellington
York - Durham
The SMOG ADVISORY (issued on a previous date) for the
following forecast region(s) is still in effect:

Elgin: From June 7, 2005
London - Middlesex: From June 7, 2005
Sarnia - Lambton: From June 7, 2005
Windsor - Essex - Chatham - Kent: From June 7, 2005
Advisories will remain in effect until further notice.
For more details visit the Air Quality Ontario website at:

During the smog episode, individuals may experience eye
irritation. Heavy outdoor exercise may cause respiratory
symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. People
with heart or lung disease including asthma may experience
a worsening of their condition.
* A Smog Advisory means that there is a strong likelihood
that there may be poor air quality within the next 24 hours
due to fine particulate matter.
Spare the Air Actions
During a smog advisory, there are a number of actions that you can
take to help spare the air.
Travel tips - all year round:
- leave your car at home - walk, cycle, carpool or take public transit
- tele-conference instead of driving to meetings
- limit car trips by doing all your errands at once, and do
not let your engine idle
- keep your car well tuned, check your tire pressure and
drive at moderate speeds
Health tips:
- avoid exposure to vehicle exhaust fumes
- consult your doctor for specific health advice
Electricity saving tips:
- save electricity at home by turning off
lights you are not using
- wear light clothing at work while air conditioning is reduced
- avoid strenuous exercise in the heat of the day
- save electricity at home by setting your air conditioner
temperature a few degrees higher (health permitting) and turning
off lights you are not using

Other pollution reduction tips:
- leave lawn mowing for another day
- restrict the use of gasoline-powered equipment
- delay using oil-based paints, solvents and cleaners
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