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View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 15:47
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I think this is the last committee meeting for all committees in the 41st Parliament, so the health committee is working right till the end.
We have two panels this afternoon. For our first panel, we have three different groups. As per usual, we'll connect first with Kathleen Cooper by video conference.
Welcome, Kathleen. You're welcome to go ahead with your presentation.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 15:48
You're first today.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 16:00
You're right on time. Thank you.
Next up will be Erica Phipps from the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 16:07
Thank you very much.
Next up we have Kelley Bush, senior head of radon education and awareness at the Department of Health.
Go ahead, please.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 16:16
Very good.
In order to fit everything in for both panels I think we'll have to reduce the length of time for the questions to five minutes instead of seven. That will get everybody through and done in time.
Ms. Moore.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 16:22
Thank you.
Ms. McLeod.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 16:27
Thank you, Ms. McLeod.
Next up is Mr. Hsu. Go ahead, sir.
View Ted Hsu Profile
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.
View Ted Hsu Profile
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.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ben Lobb Profile
2015-06-18 16:33
Thanks very much. Seeing as how it's Mr. Hsu's final committee meeting, we were generous in giving you an extra 20 seconds, sir. We're very generous on the health committee.
Next up, Mr. Young. Go ahead, sir. We'll have to take it off your time.
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:33
Thank you, Chair. Thank you all for being here today.
Kelley Bush, I'm looking at your job title. I'm wondering if it actually fits on your business card because it's so long. I'm assuming you're the go-to person in the Government of Canada on this issue.
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:33
Okay, good.
Do new homeowners have obligations to build with building codes across Canada to reduce the radon that gets into the house after the house is built?
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