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Thursday, 8 November, 2007

Killer traffic poisons Toronto residents

Toronto traffic jams can be murder... literally.

some 440 Torontonians every year, according to a new study from Toronto Public Health (TPH) -- and they cost $2.2 billion in traffic-related pollution deaths and illness. (You can , in PDF format.)

A mere 10% cut in traffic pollutants would save 63 people every year, the report said.

But not everyone is buying the TPH's 'alarmist' stats. Dr Ross McKitrick, environmental economics professor at the University of Guelph, told the National Post:

"I'm a bit worried when you have a report that looks like a set of policy conclusions in search of a rationale... There's all these policy changes they'd like to advocate for and the beginning sections were kind of filler to motivate that."
The study raises the possibility of road tolls and congestions charges to persuade people to use public transit.

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