Clearing the Air in Downtown Ottawa: An Open Letter to His Worship, Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of Ottawa
Dear Mayor Sutcliffe,
On behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (Ontario Committee), we write to draw your attention to an urgent public health hazard in downtown Ottawa – heavy truck pollution. To summarize, the City of Ottawa’s choice to route heavy trucks through its high-density downtown core is putting lives and livelihoods at risk. Fortunately, multiple solutions exist to solve the problem. With a new Mayor and Council, newly approved Official Plan, and new Transportation Master Plan under development, now is the time for the City to take effective action to protect downtown Ottawans from the dangers of air pollution caused by heavy trucks.
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