John Yakabuski agreed with: a report claiming that eliminating coal did not significantly reduce air pollution
Fact: Getting rid of coal has made the air we breathe cleaner – significantly so in fact.
Beyond the wide range of experts who already agree with us, the 2016 Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO), prepared by electricity system experts at the IESO last fall, found that electricity sector greenhouse gas emissions have fallen from 35 million tonnes of CO2 in 2005, to a record low of 7 million tonnes in 2015. The reason? Eliminating coal.
And yesterday Greg Evans, the director of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research, called the report “disappointing” and that the results were “flawed.” He even went further, noting that “(the authors) don’t seem to understand the chemistry in the atmosphere, so they’re coming up with things that are really either incorrect assumptions or physically not meaningful.”
Patrick Brown said: "Bill 41, which was rammed through the legislature by the Liberal government without proper consultation, allows the hiring of 84 new vice-presidents under the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)."
Fact: Let's break down the consultations on Bill 41:
John Yakabuski said: "They just take these numbers out of the air and claim that they have somehow reduced these deaths."
Fact: Not true. The 2016 Toronto Vital Signs report shows premature deaths and hospitalizations as a result of air pollution have dropped by 23% and 41% respectively since 2004. (Source: http://torontosvitalsigns.ca/main-sections/environment/)
A study conducted by the Canadian Medical Association also indicated that the economic costs of air pollution was over $8 billion in 2008. (Source :http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/docs/default-source/jfy-communities/pdf_jfy_municipality_enewsletter_feb2010_cma_icap_sum_e)
Also, thanks to Ontario’s action, smog days have been reduced from 53 in 2005 to ZERO in 2015, reducing the long-term exposure to poor air quality that created these health risks.(Source: http://14083-presscdn-0-0.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/140411_CleanAirOntario_R003.pdf)