EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — The Air We Breathe: An International Comparison of Air Quality Standards and Guidelines
David Suzuki Foundation
It’s free, it’s all around us, and we can’t live without it for more than a few minutes. The air we breathe is essential to human life, yet we often take it for granted, especially here in Canada. Air pollution is a significant environmental health problem. In Canada alone, it is responsible for causing thousands of deaths, millions of cases of illness, billions of dollars in health care expenses and tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity every year.
This is the executive summary of a report in which the David Suzuki Foundation found that Canada provides weaker protection for human health from air pollution than the United States, Australia and the European Union, as well as the recommendations published by the World Health Organization. Significantly, Canada is the only nation to rely on voluntary national guidelines, which provide a far weaker approach to controlling air pollution than the enforceable standards in place elsewhere. The report, which is part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, focuses on ozone, particulate matter, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and lead. It also includes five key recommendations for improving the health and well-being of Canadians and reducing the negative health impacts of air pollution.
The Air We Breathe: An International Comparison of Air Quality Standards and Guidelines
This report finds that Canada provides weaker protection for human health from air pollution than the United States, Australia and the European Union, as well as the recommendations published by the World Health Organization.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — Prescription for a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environmental Health Strategy
This is the executive summary of a report that examines key environmental health issues in Canada, assesses shortcomings in Canadian environmental policy in these areas and considers innovative approaches in other jurisdictions.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — Northern Exposure: Acute Pesticide Poisonings in Canada
Pesticides are among the most widely used chemicals in the world. More than 6,000 Canadians are acutely poisoned by pesticides each year. This report is a wake-up call to federal and provincial governments to take action to protect Canadians from the dangers of pesticides.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Standards and Guidelines
This is the executive summary of a report that compares Canada's water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — The Food We Eat: An International Comparison of Pesticide Regulations
This is the executive summary of a report that evaluates three areas of government activity related to pesticide use and the potential impact of pesticides on food and health, and offers eight key recommendations to reduce the use of those pesticides that are most hazardous.