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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Massive early-morning blaze destroys unoccupied Nanoose Bay home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire

Captain Dziadyk to end season with Oceanside Generals on high note

Qualicum Beach player is longest-serving player in team history

Petition underway to stop bylaw on homeless camping in Regional District of Nanaimo

‘Canadians are known for their meekness but this time we need to have a voice’

Qualicum Beach approves Pheasant Glen zoning amendment

Majority of residents who spoke at public hearing endorsed proposed amendment bylaw

Centre withdraws from cell tower project in Qualicum Beach

TELUS plans to continue to look at plans to improve cellphone reception in the area

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Massive early-morning blaze destroys Vancouver Island home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire at unoccupied residence

First win, fifth win highlight BC Senior Curling finals

Donna Mychaluk wins first title after finishing second five times; Wes Craig takes fifth crown

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

BC Senior Curling titles to be decided in Vernon

Wes Craig, Penny Shantz looking for fifth championships; Steve Wright, Donna Mychaluk into finals

Most Read