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Symbolic Hike Honours 1700 Victims of Toronto's Killer Smog

For Immediate Release, September 23, 2007

“Smog gives me asthma” is one of 1,700 personalized messages in the shape of silhouetted faces that’s now adorning Yonge Street lamp posts today as part of a citizens’ hike to represent annual smog-related deaths in Toronto.

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Provincial Export of Dirty Electricity Responsible for 130 Ontario Deaths

July 16, 2007

For Immediate Release

Toronto: New information released today reveals that provincially-owned Ontario Power Generation's (OPG's) exporting of dirty coal-fired electricity to the United States was responsible for up to 130 unnecessary fatalities in Ontario.

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Twenty three chemicals in Toronto’s air exceed health-based benchmarks

July 5, 2007

Toronto Public Health has just identified 23 toxic chemicals released into Toronto’s air that exceed health-based benchmarks and subsequently, pose a great risk to our health and environment. These chemicals include carcinogens such as cadmium, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. Shockingly, the exposure ratios ranged anywhere from ten times to 1000 times above benchmarks.

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Mayor’s Green Forums to Begin Sunday: TEA Urges Quick Action

April 27, 2007
For Immediate Release

Toronto: Today, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) urged Mayor Miller and City Council to act quickly to curb global warming and cut smog in the City.

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Province fails to police polluters - Toronto needs to pass pollution disclosure bylaw

April 25, 2007

Yesterday’s release of the Environmental Commissioner’s Report “Doing Less for Less” reveals shocking details of the failure of the Ministry of the Environment to control companies from releasing pollutants into Toronto’s air, land and water. The report found that 90% of authorized polluters are not following the rules and that 40% of polluters don’t even have a permit to pollute.

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David Suzuki urges Mayor to clean up Toronto's air with Community Right to Know

February 15, 2007

Today, Dr. David Suzuki and the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) met with Mayor Miller and key City Councillors to reinforce the need to clean up Toronto’s air. Dr. Suzuki praised the Mayor and Councillors for their plans to develop a smog and global warming plan. However, he strongly recommended that the plan must include a Community Right to Know (CRTK) bylaw which requires industrial and commercial facilities to report their use and release of chemicals that pollute Toronto’s air and cause global warming.

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Ban on burning used oil improves Ontario's air

January 11, 2007

(Toronto) The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) strongly supports the provincial government’s announcement today to ban the burning of used oil in space heaters. The move is a victory for TEA and other environmental groups who for years have identified the practice as a source of highly toxic local air pollution. The ban will not only improve air quality but will also remove a potential health threat to workers and local residents.

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TEA Releases Election Survey

Report Card Grades Candidates on Environment

new council could be greenest in history

Nov.6, 2006

Media Release

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TEA Releases 2006 Smog Report Card

October 10, 2006

For Immediate Release


City of Toronto Gets "C-" on Smog Report Card:

City's Smog Actions Inadequate

(Toronto) Today, the City of Toronto scored a "C-" on the Toronto Environmental Alliance's ninth annual Smog Report Card. The Report Card measures the City of Toronto's progress in implementing the 1998 smog plan and subsequent promises on air quality issues.

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