Saturday, 13 August 2016

We are building Canada's first low-cost, air quality monitoring network

The Gabriola Island Clean Air Society is building Canada's first distributed, low-cost, air quality monitoring network using citizen scientists. This technology comes from PurpleAir and it will help achieve the following objectives on our island. First, there is no air quality monitoring done on Gabriola Island on a regular basis. This equipment provides real-time, 24 hour data. Second, the network of monitors may help provide early warning to our fire department and other emergency responders regarding fire threats. Think of it like having smoke detectors in your home but in this case in your community. Third, a new proposal to create five anchorages for large ships off the shores of the island means that this network will provide baseline data on existing air quality plus track any changes resulting from ship activity. Fourth, the network will also allow us to understand more fully the relative contribution of off-island point sources of air pollution including an active pulp and paper operation in Nanaimo. Lastly, the network of sensors can help identify pollution hotspots from residential activities including illegal outdoor burning, garbage incineration, and hazardous domestic woodburning practices - all of which have an indisputable adverse impact on human health and the environment. We have two monitors operating currently and plan to have several more over time. Please contact us at for more information or if you would like to buy/host a monitor. You can see results from the monitors here

Monday, 15 February 2016

Wood Furnaces Are A Public Health Disaster

An individual from Kentucky sent us a video clip of what she has to live beside. Her neighbor uses a wood furnace and the amount of pollution, and associated health and environmental risks, are off-the-scale.

Another Example Of Irresponsible Wood Burning

People from around the world are facing a public health crisis due to exposure to wood smoke from neighbors who either don't understand, or simply don't care, about how their behaviour is affecting others.

Here's another contribution of what it's like to live beside someone who burns wood.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Niagara Falls: If Backyard Fires Start, They May Not Stop....

Here's a short video about a brave battle to stop an initiative to allow backyard fires in the Niagara Falls area.

Wood Smoke Killed Starla the Dog

Here is a sad story from a contributor to the Gabriola Island Clean Air Society about how prolonged exposure to wood smoke killed their beloved pet dog Starla of St.Catharines, Ontario.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

On why wood smoke is risky

Highly recommended video on the risk of wood smoke exposure from Dr. Brian Moench, M.D.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Shaw TV Show On Wood Smoke

In January of 2015, Shaw TV in Nanaimo produced the following show about wood smoke pollution on Gabriola Island. It features two of Gabriola Island Clean Air Society founders: David Boehm and Michael Mehta.