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Links Between Pollution and Poverty in Toronto Neighbourhoods

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Debates Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

People living in poverty in the Great Lakes basin may be experiencing an increased burden of high air pollution from industrial facilities in their neighbourhoods.  Seventeen neighbourhoods in Toronto had a poverty rate at or higher than the national average and high releases of combined toxic air pollutants and air contaminants. These are the findings from a recent study by the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Environmental Defence through the groups' PollutionWatch project.  This study mapped air release data of toxic pollutants and criteria air contaminants from the National Pollutant Release Inventory (2005) and income data from Statistics Canada (2001 Census).

The goal of this forum is to bring together academics, policy and community members to engage in dialogue on poverty and pollution. The study authors will present their major findings. Panel respondents will talk about the implications and actions needed to respond to these findings. The forum will then be open to the audience for questions and discussions.

Moderator:   Frank Cunningham, Cities Centre, University of Toronto

Presenters: PollutionWatch; Fe de Leon, Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association; Jennifer Foulds, Communications Director, Environmental Defence

Panelists:  Loren Vanderlinden, Toronto Public Health, Environmental Protection Office; Rich Whate, Toronto Public Health, Environmental Protection Office; Lina Cino, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Toxics Campaigner

Reception in the Gallery Grill, Hart House will follow.   All are welcome!  For reception, kindly RSVP to

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Co-Sponsored by the Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, Cities Centre and the Centre for Environment