Saturday, July 17, 2021

Lead in the Drinking Water of Ontario’s Schools.

In 2019 nine Per cent of Ontario's schools were shown to have lead in their drinking water that exceeded safety levels. The provincial government said they'd fix it, but two years later it’s still the same. 

Lead can affect brain development, including lowering IQ and causing behavioural disorders. Younger children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning because they absorb it four times faster than adults.

 Tests conducted between April 1 2019 and March 31 2020, showed that the amount of lead was 20 times the national standard and of the 221 tests, 90 per cent were in public schools. 

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof is active on the school council and has an 11-year-old son who started kindergarten at age 5. He is autistic and has intractable epilepsy. To quote the lady, ''A lot of this has to do with the fact that there isn't enough money put towards education and especially towards repairs. Schools are falling apart.'' 

That's standard fare: under capitalism, everything has a price tag, including workers lives.

S.P.C. Members

No comments: