Peoples' Health Commission
Steel Workers Hall
PHC Conducts Community Health Study
Frustrated with bureaucratic delays and endless testing, Citizens of Sydney have launched their own health commission.
The Peoples' Health Commission is an effort to answer fundamental questions that no level of government has been willing to ask - questions such as, 'what is the state of health of those people living closest to the Sydney Tar Ponds and the Coke Ovens site in the Muggah Creek Watershed?'" explains Elizabeth May, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. "In addition to conducting a community health survey, the goal of the Peoples' Health Commission is to bring residents into a more direct involvement in deciding their future.
The health study is the first-ever attempt to document the actual state of health of residents living in close proximity to the Tar Ponds and the Coke Ovens Site. Residents in Whitney Pier, the North End and Ashby have been interviewed about their health, as well as life style issues and exposure to toxic substances.
Backed by a scientific advisory panel of distinguished scientists, medical doctors and public health experts, the PHC has completed the "data collection" phase of the study and has now moved on to the analysis of this pertinent information.
The Peoples' Health Commission is Sponsored by:
The International Institute of Concern for Public Health
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
The Sierra Club of Canada
Dust Study Initiated
The PHC initiated the first ever study of household dust in the three affected areas: Whitney Pier, Ashby and Sydney's North End. The goal of the research project was to answer 2 main questions:
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