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Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks welcomes public feedback at pair of community meetings

December 11, 2020/By: Shaun Bisson

The Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks hosted a pair of virtual community meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5, providing an overview of the ongoing Sarnia Area Environmental Health Project (SAEHP).

The Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association, Co-Chair of the SAEHP’s Advisory Committee, participated in the meetings which were used to engage in separate sessions with Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the broader Sarnia-Lambton community to drive awareness of the project.

The well attended sessions provided insight into the three distinct aspects of the SAEHP, which include:

  • Air Exposure Review;
  • Plants Study; and
  • Environmental Stressors Review.

This project, and these specific components, will help enhance the understanding of the links between the environment and health in the community, with a specific focus on assessing exposure to air contaminants.

At the virtual meetings, Ministry representatives spoke to specifics of the study, including areas of comparison for the Sarnia-Lambton region and Aamjiwnaang First Nation, the use of 3rd party consultants for objective science, and the timeline for the study, which is targeting completion in March 2022.

This community engagement and transparency aligns perfectly with SLEA’s long history of evidence based science, engagement, and communication.  The MECP will be posting project updates to the Clean Air Sarnia & Area website as they become available.