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Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I'd like to start by continuing the questioning from Ms. Moore regarding labelling of homes. As you say in your notes, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies radon in group 1, which means we know it's carcinogenic.
This is a question for everybody. Do you think houses should be labelled once they've been tested and that before and after remediation perhaps one could have a different label?
View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Well, on labelling, if you've done a test, presumably the results of the test are there.
View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
I just wanted to throw it out there.
Mr. Rankin had another question, which I want to ask in a different way. I'm wondering if anybody has thought about it from an economic point of view. If you had an extra dollar to spend, where would you help people the most? Would it be in spending it on reducing smoking or on reducing exposure to radon? Has anybody tried to figure out which one of those two will have a bigger effect on lung cancer? It's an economics question, so maybe it's too hard to calculate or something.
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Lib. (ON)
Maybe I'll try another question. You mentioned that Health Canada has studied the effects of energy retrofits on radon. My question is about whether there's a synergy. We want to encourage energy retrofits for other reasons, and I'm wondering in terms of these two issues, energy efficiency and exposure to radon, whether there's some synergy in promoting both at the same time.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
My first question is just to satisfy my curiosity a little bit. I'm trying to interpret one of the graphs that Ms. Henderson produced. It's the one where at the top of the page there are different numbers corresponding to becquerels. There's a jump in the graph for women for higher radon areas, from between 400 and 300. Is that just statistics?
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Lib. (ON)
Okay.
The y axis of these graphs doesn't cross at zero. Presumably there's a whole bunch of lung cancer from smoking, and then on top of that you're seeing the effects—
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Lib. (ON)
Okay.
Is this the only study that has picked out the difference between male and female trends in high radon regions over time?
View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Okay.
I'm just curious, have all federal government buildings been tested? Does anybody know the answer to that?
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Lib. (ON)
You've proposed that we simply build out new residences and replace old residences as our priority strategy. May I assume that once you either build a new home to the correct specifications or remediate an old home, essentially for the life of that residence you don't have to...?
Your head is shaking, Ms. Nicol. When do you have to test again?
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Lib. (ON)
Has any research been done following remediation for perhaps older homes? How valid is the measurement—
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Lib. (ON)
On behalf of Ms. Fry, I would just thank you, Chair, the other members, and the analysts, the clerk, and all the others who work at this meeting, for your service.
View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I'd like to say congratulations, Ms. Bossenmaier, on your appointment as the new chief at the Communications Security Establishment.
Ms. Greta Bossenmaier: Thank you very much.
Mr. Ted Hsu: My constituents in Kingston and the Islands are concerned about privacy as the CSE goes about its business, and in particular when it goes about its business of doings things like collecting metadata. I think they would like a leader of the CSE to understand that. I'd like you to talk about how you see the line between the work of collecting metadata and the protection of Canadians' privacy.
I'm not asking you about how the CSE conducts its operations, but I'm trying to get a sense of your judgement and your principles, because I'm sure there are cases where you have to make a judgement call when it comes to collecting data and protecting privacy. Could you just elaborate a bit on that and how you think about that problem?
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Lib. (ON)
Is there something about your background that you might like to highlight that would contribute to reinforcing that culture of protecting privacy as you go about necessary business?
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