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Ambient air quality is a long-standing concern in Peel region. While health is the common concern, the sources of pollution range from industrial emissions, to power plants, aggregate extraction and transportation and growth. The two ambient air monitors in Peel region, in Mississauga and Brampton, operated by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, do not provide sufficient detail to assess the community-wide picture of air quality, drivers of poor local air quality or the potential air quality impacts of land-use planning and transportation decisions. Air quality models are a cost-effective method to address data gaps on the local, regional and long-range scales. As a result, Peel Public Health has implemented an Air Quality Modelling (AQM) program. Criteria air pollutants are modeled down to a 1km by 1km grid resolution across Peel region.
• Model air quality at a fine spatial resolution across Peel.
• Evaluate the contribution of different sources and sectors.
• Assist in assessing the impacts of population growth, land-use and transportation policies on local air quality.
The presentation will summarize health effects of exposure to poor air quality, the background of the program and discuss the results, lessons learned, and future implications for public health practice.
Presenter: Louise Aubin
Louise Aubin is a Health Protection Manager with Peel Public Health where she manages the Health Hazard Investigation and Vector-Borne Disease teams. Her current responsibilities include public health hazard investigations and the prevention and management of vector borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. She is currently working on an air quality modelling and monitoring project for the region of Peel, the built form, climate change adaptation, children's health and the environment, and other local environmental health issues.
She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Toronto. She was the chair of the Ontario Public Health Association's Environmental Health Workgroup from 2005 to 2008 and continues to participate on this committee. She was a member of the Ontario Environment and Cancer Stakeholder Committee and the provincial Toxic Reduction Expert Advisory Panel. Previously, she worked at the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco and chaired Peel’s tobacco by-law committee in the late 1990’s. She has also worked on vaccine quality assurance with Connaught Laboratories and in the Biological Research division of Ontario Hydro.
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