Air Pollution During The City Of Toronto And Its Health Impact On The Local Population

1960 Words Nov 19th, 2014 8 Pages
Royal Military College of Canada
ECE 444

Discussion paper 2:
Toronto Air pollution policy
By
NCdt Chen, Michael
SN: 26095

Paper submitted to Professor Stephen Snudden
19/11/2014

This discussion paper will identify the relationship between air pollution in the city of Toronto and its health impact on the local population. Then this paper will identify the cause of the air pollution in Toronto and the current policies established to counter this problem. Finally the paper will propose a policy that can work in conjunction with some of the current initiatives and will provide explanation of this policy and its advantages over other alternatives.
Starting in the year 2004, the air pollution has reached an alarming level in the city o Toronto. Dr Barbara Yaffe, the acting medical officer of health of Toronto Public health, has released a report in July 2004 saying that the “air pollution [in the city] has contributed to over 1700 premature deaths and 6000 hospitalization admission in Toronto each year” (Yaffe, 2004, p.i). According to this report, pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxide have increased within the air of the city; these pollutants are tiny particles that are 2.5 micron in diameter or less and can affect people’s respiratory system and cause cardiovascular and respiratory problems such as “asthma, bronchitis in children, adult chronic bronchitis, and heart problem” (TPH, 2007, figure 1). Although it…

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