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Community Right to Know E-Bulletin (January 2008)

Your voice is urgently needed now.

We are two steps away from becoming the first city in Canada to pass a Community Right to Know Bylaw which will be instrumental in reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has just released a consultation document on the draft bylaw and they want your feedback. TPH is asking residents to answer 3 questions on the proposed program.

Consultation Document: http://www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/enviro_info.htm

It is crucial that we show our elected officials that the residents of Toronto strongly want this bylaw. Please take the time to send your comments to the City.

If you are tight for time, for a draft list of potential answers that you can reference please go to:

If you are really tight for time, sending an email to [email protected] with a quick line stating your strong support for the bylaw will go a very long way.

Comments on this proposal must be received by February 6th, 2008.

Please send your responses/comments to [email protected].

The Community Right to Know bylaw aims to lower our exposure to harmful chemicals in Toronto’s environment by encouraging local businesses to track them and find ways to reduce their use and release. The bylaw will:
• focus on 25 key contaminants that are in Toronto’s air at levels that may pose a health risk;
• track chemicals from small and medium-sized facilities, which are not included in other reporting programs;
• encourage local businesses to find ways to reduce chemicals and begin
environmental programs; and
• give Toronto residents more information about chemical use and releases in their communities.

Toronto Public Health will finalize the draft bylaw by Spring 2008, and we expect it go to council in early Summer 2008.

For more information about the Community Right to Know campaign please visit www.secrecyistoxic.ca.

Thank you for your time and support!
Lina Cino
Toxics Campaigner
Toronto Environmental Alliance
[email protected]