July 8, 2019 Sault Area Hospital continues to wait for a response from the province on the facility’s mid-May bid to form an Ontario Health Team for Algoma. Initially, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care indicated it would notify the first teams being invited to continue to develop a full application on June 3. However, timelines were “revised,” said Brandy Sharp Young, SAH manager of communications and volunteer resources. On June 7, the ministry “acknowledged receipt of our self-assessment” and indicated there would be “further communication” in late June or early July, she added. Read More: https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/no-further-news-on-sah-health-team-bid

Jul 09, 2019

Tap water shows potentially harmful levels of disinfection byproduct

The Attawapiskat band council in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after tests showed tap water had potentially harmful levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) — byproducts of the disinfection process created when chlorine interacts with high levels of organic materials in the community’s water source.

The community has a separate system specifically for its drinking water supply that is filtered through a reverse-osmosis system which is distributed through two watering stations where community members can fill up jugs.

While still safe, is the drinking water is starting to register rising levels of THMs and HAAs.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/attawapiskat-water-quality-emergency-1.5204652

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