Wood smoke in our neighbourhoods (closed)

This engagement is now closed. It ran from 2018-08-27 to 2018-09-30.

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What was this engagement about?

A recent study on air quality in Whitehorse found four neighbourhoods (Kopper King, Hidden Valley, Range Road North and Riverdale) had higher levels of pollution during cold winter months when air gets trapped in valleys.

The study suggested this was due to residential wood smoke.

Wood smoke can irritate lungs and airways, make it harder to breathe and worsen chronic conditions (such as heart disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma). Children, seniors and people with chronic conditions are more susceptible to air pollution.

We want to know how we can support Yukoners to continue to heat their homes with wood while ensuring that wood is burned in the cleanest way possible.

How will my input make a difference?

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will use information gathered from the meetings and survey to make recommendations on how government and partners can make sure Yukoners breathe clean air. Partners currently include the Government of Yukon, the City of Whitehorse and the Yukon Lung Association.

Read the CMOH report here. 

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