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Data does not support doctors’ claim that Kamloops’ air quality is getting worse

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A group of Kamloops doctors say Kamloops’ air quality can’t bear another polluter like the proposed Ajax copper and gold mine, but a fact sheet published to back their arguments appears to misrepresent some key data.

In a new pamphlet, Kamloops Physicians for a Healthy Environment points out the city has levels of PM2.5 — fine particulate matter that can cross from lungs to bloodstream when inhaled — above the provincial target of eight micrograms per cubic metre.

PM2.5 has been linked to heart disease and various forms of cancer. The World Health Organization designates it as a class-one carcinogen, the same class given to tobacco smoking.

However, Kamloops’ PM2.5 levels are below Canadian, U.S. and international thresholds.

According to a report from the B.C. Lung Association released last week, Kamloops levels were at 8.9 micrograms in 2013.

To read full report from Andrea Klassen, click link above

Kamloops Downtown School Closing

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
June 24, 2014 – 9:46 AM

KAMLOOPS – The clock is ticking on Stuart Wood Elementary School after the school district agreed unanimously to consolidate Beattie School of Arts students into one building and shutdown the downtown school by September 2016.

The district leases the heritage building from the city. It will be turned back over to the city when the school closes September 2016.

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