Daily smog warnings were issued for the Montreal area for more than a week in mid-November. As reported in The Gazette, because there was little wind to disperse air pollution from industry, vehicles and wood-burning, pollutants accumulated producing a layer of smog over the island. Smog poses a health risk to people with respiratory or cardiac conditions, as well as to the elderly and children.
Monitoring air quality is vital to our well-being and to the environment. For information on a pilot project measuring the air quality health index in Montreal, click here. Environment Canada also issues an Air Quality Health Index.
For information from the Canadian Lung Association on what you can do to control outdoor air quality, click here.