Government's Environment Plan Moves Canadians Further Along the Road to Better Health, Says Canada's Doctors



    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
said it was optimistic that the targets and timelines announced by the federal
government will move Canadians further down the road to better health.
    "Canada's doctors are well aware of the effects that poor air quality can
have on the health of our patients," said CMA President Dr. Colin McMillan.
"That's why we believe any measures taken now to improve air quality, will
have a positive impact on the health of Canadians now and in the future."
    Canada's doctors continue to be concerned about the health impacts of
climate change and smog pollution. CMA supported Canada's ratification of the
Kyoto Protocol and believes strongly that the faster we move to reduce
greenhouse gases, the better for the health of Canadians.
    CMA is also concerned about the well-proven and immediate impact of smog
pollution on the cardiac and respiratory health of our patients across the
country. Canada's doctors cannot ignore the current smog threat and will
support meaningful actions to reduce these pollutants.
    The establishment of real targets in four areas-nitrogen oxides (NOx),
Sulphur oxide (SOx); volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter
(PM) is welcomed by the Association. As will be the establishment of firm
targets for action.
    "As physicians, we predominantly view these policies through a health
filter. While we congratulate government for their focus on healthier air we
breathe," Dr. McMillan concluded, "we must ensure that real pollution
reductions occur and that the health benefits are realized as soon as
possible".
    The real measure of success, however, will be a reduction in the overall
burden of diseases associated with pollution and climate change. Physicians
will play an active role with other health stakeholders in examining the
impact environmental change can have on health and in monitoring air pollution
across Canada. CMA also intends to work with government to accelerate progress
on meeting targets and to report that performance publicly.




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For further information: Steve Wharry, 1 800 663-7336 x2135, (613)
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