Rising lead levels in Northern Ontario elementary schools
Algoma Manitoulin MPP Mike Mantha says tthe province has to do something about lead in the water in Northern Schools. Photo supplied
Algoma Manitoulin MPP, Michael Mantha says the Liberal government is neglecting elementary schools by failing to take action on the 33 schools in the Sudbury and Algoma-Manitoulin area, which recently tested for higher than provincially acceptable lead levels in their water.
AB Ellis, Espanola High, S. Geiger on the North Shore corridor and Central Manitoulin, Assiginack and Manitoulin Secondary on the Island have all tested above the acceptable provincial drinking water standards for lead according to an October 2017 report by Sudbury District Health.
Since then, Mantha explained, his constituency office as well as that of France Gélinas, NDP MPP for Nickel Belt, have both received concerned inquiries from parents across the region.
A trend like this can be harmful to the health of our children and something has to be done, stressed Mantha.
The province has yet to respond to his inquiries.