Toronto Public Health says Air Pollution Causes 1300 Deaths a Year

Medical Officer of Health says city needs to expand transportation options.

Toronto Public Health has released a new study called ‘Path to Healthier Air: Toronto Air Pollution Burden of Illness Update.   The study blames air pollution for causing approximately 1,300 premature deaths and 3, 550 hospitalizations ever year in Toronto.

"Healthy public policy can make a difference in saving lives," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "This report shows that we are better off than we were, but air pollution still has a serious impact on health. More work is needed to reduce emissions and reduce health risks."

The study also shows that over the past decade there has been a decrease of 23% in premature deaths and 41% in hospitalizations and attributes those decreases to government policies like the Province of Ontario’s decision to phase-out coal fired power generation.

According to the study, the largest local source of air pollution is vehicle traffic.

"With over half of the health impact from Toronto's local air pollution attributed to motor vehicle traffic, expanding transportation options so that more people walk, cycle and take transit, is a prescription for better air and better health," added Dr. McKeown. 

Toronto Public Health is encouraging the city to consider pedestrians and cyclists when building new public transit projects and develop a strategy to reduce the time heavy-duty trucks spend on the roadways.

The report will be presented to the Toronto Board of Health at its meeting on April 28th.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/17/2014 06:25 PM
    Blame the left-wing anti-car agenda for the following that has contributed to increased pollution and therefore deaths -

    1. Allen Expwy ending at Eglinton vs connecting to Gardiner
    2. Miller & co. eliminating traffic light synchronization causing more idling
    3. Residential areas with one-way streets forcing cars to drive through a labyrinth
    4. Stop signs and traffic lights every block so cars can stop/start and increase pollution
    4. Streetcar right-of-way that causes traffic jams even during non-rush hour times
    5. General lack of coordination of construction, creating unnecessary traffic jams

    Vote for the left and promote pollution!

    Welcome to the zoo called city hall!
  2. don was right posted on 04/18/2014 12:17 PM
    so if we had no auto - truck traffic, what woudl peopel do for a living? How would tehy get food? Or get to a hostpital? How many woudl die? How many woudl simply liev elsewhere?
    1. Mark7 posted on 04/18/2014 12:37 PM
      @don was right Do you find it strange that in the pioneer days people got around fine, yet we cannot now? Sigh
  3. Connecting the Dots posted on 04/18/2014 07:57 PM
    Upon reading the entire report I found this footnote:
    The air pollution is at its highest on the 2nd floor of city hall where the mayor's office is located and the second and third worst areas in the GTA are at Rob Ford's address and on Doug Ford's street.
    I think not.
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