Water a Risky Business

Commentary, Water, Joseph Quesnel

Water is still a major issue on many First Nations across Canada, but should Manitoba bands be overly concerned? Just recently, Tsal'alh First Nation, a B.C.-based band, announced they are banning the sale of bottled water in their community. The …

Fracking Does Not Harm Drinking Water

Audio, Water, Frontier Centre

The debate over fracking continues to be lively, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Fracking, or ‘hydraulic fracturing’, is the injection of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into underground rock formations, to release trapped natural gas. …

Slow the Flow… Save the Lake: Throwing money at Lake Winnipeg won’t help much, but some ditch-digging might

Commentary, Environment, Water, Frontier Centre

On Thursday, the province announced a new “Lake Friendly Accord” intended to leverage $1 billion worth of investment into ways to improve the ecological state of the vast Lake Winnipeg watershed, which stretches from the Rocky Mountains in the west down to the edge of South Dakota and then east into Canadian Shield between Atikokan and Thunder Bay.

Mandated Light Bulbs, an Unwarranted Health and Environmental Risk

Blog, Water, Marco Navarro-Genie

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="347"] The Hon. John Baird, then Minister of the Environment, in whose watch the mandatory policy for CFLs was adopted.[/caption]

Among concerns about the health dangers of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs), which contain mercury, the Alberta Government continues to promote the product in its  efforts to green itself and the world. The light bulbs are a good example of how elected officials and civil servants  –eager to jump on the environmental bandwagon for the sake of political appearances– put people at risk and damage the natural environment in whose name they adopt such misguided policies.

At one website promoting Earth Hour environmental activism, the Alberta Government recommends here that people

Recycle and use compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). If every household in Alberta changed just one light bulb to a CFL, it would be the same as taking the emissions from 66,000 cars off the road.

[caption id="attachment_5230" align="aligncenter" width="300"]CFL bulbs AB site One Simple Act, the Alberta Government site promoting the virtues of Earth Hour, passionately recommends the use of the health-hazardous CFLs.[/caption]

They go on to advise further:

  • Slowly replace all the bulbs in your home. Each time you visit your grocery or hardware store, look for sales and purchase a few more CFL bulbs. Check your electricity bill today, and after replacing 10 lights in your home over one month, check again for energy and cost savings.

  • For all night lighting, you can cut costs by replacing bulbs with lower wattage bulbs or by choosing a compact fluorescent or a nightlight.

In spite of this damning Health Canada report [in pdf] dating back to February 2012, the information the Alberta government offers makes no mention of the significant risks involved.