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View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 17:32
Good.
We're coming right near to the end. Mr. Toet and Mr. Clarke haven't had a chance to provide any comment. Do you have anything you'd like to add for the committee here?
View Lawrence Toet Profile
CPC (MB)
I just wanted to touch on one of the items that came up from Ms. Nicol.
You talked about why people weren't testing and one of the things I heard was this whole aspect of labelling. Was that part of what you did in any of that research?
One of my concerns with the whole labelling aspect, which we already run into now, is the stigma with homes that have been remediated from grow-ops. You have this stigma in Manitoba that a house will carry for the rest of its life. You could have spent $100,000 remediating the house and going right back to the basics and it will still carry that label for the rest of its life. You can't even get a mortgage for that house. Is that one of the things you've also heard people are afraid of with this whole radon thing, that if we start to label it, we're going to run into this same issue where that house will carry the stigma for its lifespan?
Anne-Marie Nicol
View Anne-Marie Nicol Profile
Anne-Marie Nicol
2015-06-18 17:33
I think one of the things that the real estate agents are concerned about is that if someone has a house that tests high, then no one is going to want to purchase that house. But the evidence in the States where there are requirements for disclosure has been that people actually prefer a house that's already been fixed. With the corollary of asbestos, if you bought a house that had asbestos but has now been remediated, you're going to feel much better about being in that house than having to start from the beginning and testing it yourself.
It doesn't appear to be a stigma, at least in the United States, where people are required to disclose whether or not a house has been tested.
View Lawrence Toet Profile
CPC (MB)
I could ask you a lot more questions but I think Mr. Clarke wants to get a quick one in too.
View Rob Clarke Profile
CPC (SK)
Thanks very much.
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
One of the questions I have for you, Ms. Nicol, given that I come from northern Saskatchewan, relates to the high levels of uranium that we have, especially in northern Saskatchewan. In northern Saskatchewan a lot of the first nations and Métis communities have high cancer rates. Now it could be radon, but regarding the communities themselves, you mentioned that you had done a study in northern Alberta, but have you guys looked at northern Saskatchewan? We have a lot of myths out there: it could be from the radon, it could be from the food, it could be from the smoking, it could be from a number of environmental factors. Have you looked into that?
Anne-Marie Nicol
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Anne-Marie Nicol
2015-06-18 17:34
I personally have not, but there have been people across the country who have done work on first nations and Métis housing. There are people who could answer that question better than I could. It depends on the quality of how well the houses were built. Also, if houses were built badly but have lots of ventilation, that makes the risk of radon less than if they were enclosed.
Anne-Marie Nicol
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Anne-Marie Nicol
2015-06-18 17:34
It dissipates. There are groups that are actually trying to assist first nation communities in this. I could provide you with information about that.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
I have a point of order, Mr. Chair.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 17:35
Yes, Ms. McLeod.
View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
Being that this is likely our last committee, unless we get recalled for some urgent situation over the summer, I just wanted to say that although I haven't been on the committee very long, I want to acknowledge your leadership and also the work of our clerk and analysts. Certainly from my perspective, it's been a committee that I've been very pleased to join at the end of the year. So thank you and a good summer to all.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 17:35
Thank you very much.
View Murray Rankin Profile
NDP (BC)
View Murray Rankin Profile
2015-06-18 17:35
Perhaps on behalf of the official opposition, I could say exactly the same thing to our analysts, and to thank you as well, Chair, for your leadership. It's been really terrific to have unanimous reports, thanks to you—something that we rarely see in Parliament.
Thank you very much, Mr. Clerk.
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