Thursday, November 27, 2008

Poor In Toronto, Canada Disproportionately Polluted

A two-year research project by Toronto-based PollutionWatch shows that many of Toronto's poorest residents live near industries that emit the highest levels of toxic chemicals and pollutants into the air. The study, "An Examination of Pollution and Poverty in the Great Lakes Basin," is one of the most comprehensive examinations ever of an issue that has largely gone unnoticed in Canada.

Low-income families, many already facing diminished health from stress, bad nutrition, diabetes and poor dental care, are placed at further risk because they breathe air contaminated with pollutants suspected of causing cancer and reproductive disorders, say the authors of the report.

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