LETTER: Time to close the book on wood heating

I totally agree with the recent letter from Bob Bud telling the truth about wood smoke, and I am glad to see that Dr. Hasselback of Island Health is against wood smoke.

For 15 years I have been complaining about air quality in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.

Newcomers are perhaps lured to this area by the prospect of the peace and quiet, wildlife and fresh air. Unfortunately, from October through March, fresh air is in short supply. Wood stoves, fireplaces and bonfires, as well as construction site fires are all a problem. There have to be more restrictions. Whatever the solution costs, it will be cheaper than health costs later.

In the city, I slept with an open window all year. In Nanoose it is not possible. Don’t try an evening walk unless you are prepared to inhale smoke particles. This negates any health benefits from the walk. We have essentially dealt with tobacco smoke. Does anyone think wood smoke is safer? We are in an area that is designated “rural,” but our houses are as close to each other as city dwellers. If we were living in a district with acre-sized lots, then some tolerance could be imagined. But we are not. Most of us here live within 20 metres of our neighbours.

Governments and health agencies understand the danger of breathing wood smoke. Areas of Metro Vancouver were changing the rules 30 years ago.

Let’s urge the RDN to get on with cleaning up our air now.

Ken Hay

Nanoose Bay

Just Posted

Parksville council eyes city boundary expansion

More industrial land a key motivator in notice of motion

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read