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Working with the District of Sechelt toban land clearing burns by developers

Posted: Wed June 15, 2011
The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society is working with the Mayor and Counsellors of the District of Sechelt to amend the current burn bylaw by banning the burning of land clearing debris by developers. This…

The 2011 Wood Stove Exchange program promoted with a Billboard!

Posted: Fri April 29, 2011
This year, the society tried a new form of marketing for the Wood stove exchange program: A road billboard on the highway in Sechelt! Here's a photo of it.

Burning cleaner on the Coast!

Posted: Fri March 04, 2011
Our Wood Stove Exchange program has been running now since November of last year, and the vouchers are practically flying out of the hands of our participating retailers: Sechelt Fireplace & Gas Sechelt Home Hardware…

‘Black carbon’ key to tackling climate threat: UN report

Posted: Wed February 23, 2011
SOURCE: TERRADAILY ------------ Curbing sooty particles emitted by burning biomass and smog caused by traffic fumes would slow the onslaught of climate change and deliver many health benefits, a UN report said here on Wednesday.…

FREE Burn It Smart Workshop

Posted: Sat January 08, 2011
January 15th, 1 – 4 pm Roberts Creek Community Hall You’re invited to a free workshop on what you can do to heat your home with a safe, clean and efficient wood stove fire. Join…

The Great Sunshine Coast Wood Stove Exchange Program is back!

Posted: Sat January 08, 2011
Is that old wood stove still eating up your time and money, and sending it “up in smoke”? You can make a difference for clean air, and your pocket book by exchanging your old, inefficient…

Clean Air Society Involved in Effort to Ban Developers’ Burns

Posted: Thu September 30, 2010
This Fall the Sechelt Council will consider an amendment to the District of Sechelt's Burn Bylaw that will prohibit developers' burns. Currently the Burn Bylaw prohibits backyard burning. However when developers clear the land of…

Burning Construction and Demolition Waste at HSPP - Green Energy? by SCCAS member Louis Legal

Posted: Wed September 29, 2010
Information from SCCAS member Louis Legal, retired meteorologist Minister Stockwell Day announced in Gibsons last Wednesday that the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP) mill was receiving $37 million in federal funds for boiler upgrades.…

The Wood Stove Exchange Program Update:

Posted: Tue September 21, 2010
The Clean Air Society's Wood Stove Exchange Program" of 2009/2010 was just that, a great success. Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of the Environment, distributed through BC Lung, we were able to distribute…

April 15th marks the start of Clean Air Season!

Posted: Thu April 15, 2010
From April 15th to October 15th, open burning (aka burning of a Class B pile) is not allowed. Here's what a Class B pile is defined as: A small backyard fire for burning waaste material.…

Guidelines for Efficient use of Wood-Burning Appliances

Posted: Fri November 27, 2009
A properly installed, correctly used wood-burning appliance should be smoke free. If you see or smell smoke that means you may have a problem. Practice the following guidelines to for an efficient fire, and reduce…

Removing one ton of black carbon will have the same effect as removing 2,000 to 3,000 tons of CO2

Posted: Tue November 24, 2009
How bad is wood burning on climate change? "removing one ton of black carbon will have the same [climate] effect as removing 2,000 to 3,000 tons of CO2," says climatologist Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the Scripps…

The Clean Air Society receives Certificate of Appreciation from the Canadian Cancer Society

Posted: Tue November 24, 2009
Here is the letter in PDF format. Cancer Society Letter

Progress and more progress for the SCCAS

Posted: Fri June 26, 2009
Tymax Industries has been approved for a curtain burner to be located near Sechelt. They have advised us that they will not be proceeding with the burner and will instead grind and compost or ship…

And the winner is…

Posted: Fri June 26, 2009
Shannon Kewley from Gibsons is the winner of our new members draw on Clean Air Day June 3, 2009. She is now the proud owner of a brand spankin new green push lawn mower donated…

Membership requirement changes

Posted: Fri June 26, 2009
The membership criteria for the Society was reviewed at our last Board meeting. The policy will now be that new members will be required to give their name, address, phone number and e mail address.…

Event Coordinator Wanted

Posted: Fri June 26, 2009
The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society is on the hunt for an event coordinator. If this tweaks your interest at all please call Vicki Tyndall 604-885-6471.

Clean Air Day Success!

Posted: Wed June 10, 2009
We would like to thank all our volunteers who made it possible for us to have 2 tables available on Clean Air Day, June 3, 2009. One in Gibsons at Sunnybrook Mall and the other…

Sign the petition to ban cosmetic pesticides in British Columbia

Posted: Wed February 25, 2009
This is taken from Western Wilderness Committee's newsletter: An extensive body of medical literature has demonstrated that pesticides pose a significant threat to human health. Pesticide exposure has been linked to cancer, including childhood cancer,…

Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill is burning plastic

Posted: Sun February 08, 2009
This is an article from the Coast Reporter on Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill burning plastic: Burning plastic raises concern Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP) is burning plastic, but it is not burning…

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