Letters to the Editor – July/August 2010

Protecting Canadian Lakes from Mining Waste Draws Reader Feedback

Dear Kim Elkington:

Thanks so much for your column in Vitality (June 2010). I have just returned to Toronto from my place on Lake Superior near Marathon, where the people in the area are dealing with the same issue.

A large mining company wants to open a palladium mine just outside of town, and wants to use Bamoos Lake as the tailings pond. Concerned citizens have started a Facebook group to try and get a higher level of assessment done. The group is called Citizens for a Responsible Mine. The photo of Bamoos Lake is so beautiful that it is hard to believe the government would condone its destruction.

So many people in Toronto believe that the Lake Superior area is a beautiful, pristine, undisturbed wilderness, instead of the clear cut, PCB-, Mercury-, and cyanide-laced environment that certain areas can be.

Please keep up the good work. Water is a precious resource that should be more important than gold (or palladium).

~ Elaine

Hello Kim!

Just got Vitality today and signed the Fish Lake petition – but that’s www.protectfishlake.ca, not .com as was printed!

 ~ Susanne

Greetings Vitality,

Please note we are very grateful for your article on the fight to save Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) – I just wanted to point out that technically the protectfishlake.ca website is operated on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in (they have their own websites at xenig wetin.ca and tsilhqotin.ca) – and the film Blue Gold: The Tsilhqot’in Fight for Teztan Biny was made by RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) – also on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in.

We all work together as a team, for the greater good, so it can be confusing. Thank you for your attention to this!


~ Susan Smitten, Executive Director, RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs)

Hi Vitality,

In Kim Elkington’s column in the June issue she listed a web site. I tried the link and found it to be a dead link. Could you please send me the correct web site address?

Thank you

~ Claudia

From Kim:

The correct link is: https://cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Labeling (CBAN is the moniker for Canadian Biotechnology Action Network)

On Woodstoves and Nuclear Power

(Ref.: Page 4, “Woodford Files,” May 2010)

As a comment regarding your recent column in Vitality, there is another source of air pollution which many big city residents, including Toronto, may not be aware of nor subjected to: wood stove pollution exhaust smoke. It is a vile, annoying, harmful menace (even worse than tobacco smoke) in some regions that do not have bans or bylaws in place. See www.citizensfeh.com (Montreal has actually banned wood stoves). By comparison to wood stove smoke, the air quality along the 417 freeway in mid-city Ottawa is relatively pristine, and no doubt in Toronto on the 401.

I disagree with you regarding nuclear power plants. While uncontrolled radiation is harmful or fatal in high amounts, if nuclear power plants are carefully, professionally built, operated, and maintained, they produce massive amounts of clean, pollution-free power for many decades or longer, with no reduction or variation as in solar or wind power (and taking up far less geographical acreage).

~ Brian, Deep River, ON

(Editor’s note: In my opinion, nuclear power is the most dangerous energy source of them all. From the environmentally destructive mining of uranium, to contamination of air and water with leaking radiation, to the disposal of nuclear waste, this is the most toxic industry on the planet and will leave our children with a horrible carcinogenic mess to clean up.)

Vitamin D Proves Itself

I was told when I called the office to email you my request for a copy of that fantastic article on vitamin D (“Vivacious Vitamin D: Nature’s Magic Bullet,” June 2009). So here’s my request, thanks a bunch, I will copy as often as I can and pass it on.

I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis, made worse by taking Didrecal. I actually had two vertebral stress fractures when I first saw [my doctor].

I started taking 2,000 IUs daily of vitamin D, and within 18 months had built up bone to normal levels. As I turned 79 on June 3rd, and now have the bone density of a much younger lady, I do a lot of preaching to older folks. I am a volunteer van driver for community care and meet a lot of bad bone cases.

The osteo specialist I saw wasn’t too happy about my Vitamin D dose, but by the time I saw him again and he saw my results, he’d changed his mind. He had told me at first I’d need yearly bone scans, then said they’re not needed now.

~ Jan

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