Fire situation eases slightly, but risks remain as more than 400 wildfires still burn – CTV

June 20, 2023

OTTAWA – Canadians should be on alert for more bad air quality days ahead this summer as wildfires continue to burn out of control in most provinces, national public health officials warned Monday.
They say Canada needs to revisit the data it collects on health risks from wildfires.

They also say Ottawa should review the contents of its emergency stockpile to make sure it is prepared for the risks not only of future pandemics but of other health risks, including from a growing risk of climate change-related disasters.

This spring’s unprecedented wildfire season has led to multiple air quality warnings in many of Canada’s most populated areas.

The smoky haze that stings the eyes and makes it hard to take a deep breath can have serious health implications both immediately and through prolonged or repeated exposures, said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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