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Documentary to address chemical valley health concerns

The area with the highest toxic chemical releases in Ontario is just three short miles from SC4. The area commonly known as “chemical valley” on both sides of the river has become the topic of the documentary: “The Beloved Community.” The documentary will be shown in conjunction with a panel discussion at SC4’s Fine Arts Theater from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

The film takes a look into the health concerns associated with the petrochemical industry in Ontario, including asbestos-related diseases, cancers and irregular birth patterns in local communities like the Aamjiwnaang First Nation community, who reside near the industrial complex.

According to panelist Dr. Jim Brophy, “Practically every blue collar family in Sarnia has been affected by this.”

Brophy explained that the area has some of the highest levels of asbestos disease in the region. One thousand workers were diagnosed with asbestos related cancer, and 1300 with asbestos related “plaque,” said Brophy. Also to be discussed are the disproportionate male-to-female birthrates in the local communities.

The free screening is being sponsored by the SC4 green team and the Blue Water Sierra Club.

Cody Kimball