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What Metro Vancouver doesn’t want us to think about

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This story, appearing in the Georgia Straight, was noticed by Gudrun Langolf and copied to the BCEN mailing list. I am going to break my usual practice and as well as this link, repeat the whole story. Becuase it is important.And its author is simply quoting from another web page.

There is a transportation connection. Our waste is currently trucked to distant landfills – except for Vancouver which trucks it to Delta, and Burnaby which burns it. GVRD is loking at options like taking it to the US – or building new incinerators. Doubling the size of the Cache Creek landfill is also been touted by its operator.

What Metro Vancouver doesn’t want us to think about

Prevent Cancer Now, a Canada-wide movement to eliminate the preventable causes of cancer, has just launched an anti-incineration campaign. Their Web site says:

“Almost all of us know someone who has cancer, or who has died from one of over 200 different types of cancer. We know the anguish, suffering and grief cancer causes. It has become so common that we think of it as an unavoidable part of life.

People are being diagnosed with cancer at unprecedented rates. Melanomas, breast and prostate cancers, colon cancer, testicular cancer and multiple myeloma are all increasing. During the 25 years from 1976 to 2001, the age-adjusted incidence of cancer among males increased by 27.7%, and the female rate increased by 17.8%. (Canadian Cancer Statistics 2006)

After examining 10 million people over a 70-year period, a recent Swedish study found that cancers were 90% environmental in origin, with “environmental” meaning everything outside our bodies that can make its way in, including tobacco smoke, toxic chemicals, alcohol, radiation from nuclear power plants, and the sun, processed foods high in sugars, fats, and additives, some pharmaceutical drugs, medical X-rays, and more.

These are avoidable substances, which should not be trespassing into our bodies. With changed policies, and industrial/agricultural practices that focus on prevention and precaution, with healthier diets and other personal habits, we can prevent this epidemic.

Helen Spiegelman is a Vancouver-based environmentalist and blog coordinator. Read more at Zero Waste.

Written by Stephen Rees

August 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Posted in Transportation

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  1. A comment:

    Aside from th stupidity of trucking the GVRD’s waste to Cache Creek, why don’t they sent it by train? Certainly container’s of garbage would be easy for rail transport, why then is the GVRD sending trucks?

    Malcolm J.

    August 14, 2008 at 7:46 am

  2. Trucks are used because the otherwise empty trailers were loaded with I think wood chips for processing in the lower mainland somewhere. There was an arrangement so that the trcuks would not come back empty – that’s what made the long hauling economically feasible. Not sure where the destinations would have been within GVRD. Also not sure if that arrangement still exists.

    Ron C.

    August 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm


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