UN human rights expert hears Chemical Valley concerns

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Sarnia’s controversial Chemical Valley is under fire again, this time from a United Nations investigation into Canada’s record on dangerous substances and waste.

This weekend, human rights expert and United Nations representative Baskut Tuncak toured the south side of Sarnia as the last of eight stops in a nation-wide tour. The visit came only days after a Montreal report linked the border city to significantly high rates of certain types of cancer, a report since disputed by local public health brass.

Other valley-related controversies include reports of a skewed birth ratio in the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located only a stone’s throw from the industrial towers that define the border city’s skyline, and other cancer-related studies that paint Sarnia’s south side in a negative light.

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