City Council is forever looking for funding from senior levels of government. Why is it that they are going to provide us with services that are the responsibility of the Province. In a recent announcement by the Mayor he has set up a task force on air quality, seniors and our youth.
Air quality is now monitored by BC Environment. They have five monitoring stations in the City on their web site. At any hour of the day it is possible to see what the air quality is and at what location. During the few sunny days we had before the snow came the air quality was above 70 ppm (parts per million) at the BCR Industrial site which is poor, Plaza 400 monitor was above 70 ppm. The Gladstone Elementary monitor was OK for a couple of days but when the wind changed to the North it also went up to poor. The other two monitors at the Corrections Center and the CBC transmitter didn’t make it to 10 ppm. The readings given are for particulate and are extreme. On most days the air quality is good in the City. For anyone to say that Prince George has the worst air quality in the country is not factual. Also note the “sunny days”. For lack of moisture the industrial activity will create the particulate problem across the Fraser and North of the Nechacko.
It took the Province a number of years to have the beehive burners shut down. It is hard to understand what teeth the City would have in rectifying the particulate problem or are they just trying to pass the buck. Wetting down the dusty streets would help to keep down the dust which is where the particulate comes from. And it is carsnagenic.
The CBC transmitter location is of particular interest as this is where the City zeroed in on the residents with the Air Quality Bylaw for those that chose too use wood for heating their homes. However the BCR Industrial Site and the area North of the Nechacko were not included in the Bylaw. Now we are going to have a task force to look at air quality and we already have a Bylaw in place. What’s the point?
Not being involved with youth other then my grand children I can’t comment on the youth task force. But being a senior I can certainly clue in the Mayor about seniors. At the rate that taxes and utility fees are being increased I will soon have to sell my home to get by on a fixed income. The $38,000.00 for a tour of Torino, Italy would provide my wife and I with a budget for two years.
I just hate to give you this bad news Mr. Mayor but there isn’t a thing that you or your Council can do to improve the economy of this city without getting further in debt. It is a function of the federal government with trade commissions around the world that if markets improve they are in a position to take advantage of trade benefits for us.
Canfor, as was recently announced, has been in Japan and is promoting the sale of their products. These are the people that can make a difference to our economy. So please refrain from traveling around the world on my tax dollars.