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Civic Exchange - 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?
Civic Exchange - 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?
Civic Exchange - 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?
Civic Exchange - 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?
Civic Exchange - 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?
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Civic Exchange - 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?

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Civic Exchange 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - Experts Symposium 9 January 2009 …

Civic Exchange 2009 The Air We Breathe Conference - Experts Symposium 9 January 2009

What is the Role of a Valid, Understandable, Transparent System of Risk Communication in Motivating and Informing Policymakers and the Public?
presented by Dr Quentin Chiotti

http://air.dialogue.org.hk

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  • 1. • Toronto
Public
Health – 1,800
premature
deaths
in
1999 • Ontario
Medical
Associa=on – 1,900
premature
deaths
in
2000 – 5,800
premature
deaths
in
2005 – 10,000
premature
deaths
in
2026 – 10,000
premature
deaths
in
2008 • Health
Canada – 5,800
premature
deaths
in
8
Canadian
ci=es,
2,900 premature
deaths
in
4
Ontario
ci=es • Canadian
Medical
Associa=on – 21,000
premature
deaths
across
Canada – 90,000
premature
deaths
from
acute
exposure
and 700,000
from
long
term
exposure
by
2031
  • 2. • Medical
Profession – Public
Health
Agencies:
Public
health
department, public
health
units;
Toronto
Public
Health – Professional
Associa=ons: • Ontario
Medical
Associa=on • Ontario
Public
Health
Associa=on • Canadian
Medical
Associa=on • Government
Departments • Health
Canada • Provincial
Ministries
of
Health • Other
agencies,
e.g.
ENGOs,
Health
NGOs • Pollu=on
Probe,
David
Suzuki
Founda=on,
Sierra
Club,
Toxics Watch
Society
of
Alberta,
Canadian
Lung
Associa=on, Canadian
Cancer
Society • Industry
partners
  • 3. Targets NATIONAL CAPS for 2012 to 2015 (% reduction from 2006 emissions)  NOx – 600 kt Cap (~40%)  SOx – 840 kt Cap (~55%)  VOCs – 360 kt Cap (~45%)  PM – 160 kt Cap (~20%) + SECTOR SPECIFIC CAPS for 2012 to 2015 ALL TO BE VALIDATED, INCLUDING THE DATE OF COMING INTO FORCE
  • 4. AQHI
Presenta=on:
UV
Index‐Like • Illustrates
level
of
health
risk with
colour
&
number
scale
of
1‐ 10+ • Labels
the
level
of
HEALTH
risk as
“low”,
“moderate”,
“high”
or “very
high” • Forecasts
local
air
quality
for
the current
and
next
day • Empowers
individuals
to
decide how
they
might
be
at
risk • Provides
health
messaging
to tell
Canadians—both
general
& at‐risk
popula=ons—how
to minimize
that
risk
  • 5. Key
Target
Audience:
General
Public to
Self
Calibrate
Risk
Exposure What
is
it
not? • A
tool
to
assess
the
effec=veness
of interven=ons/
policies
to
reduce
emissions • A
trend
indicator
to
determine
air
quality trends
or
to
assess
health
risks • All‐inclusive
(e.g.,
excludes
pollen,
humidity, odours…)

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