Unfair finger pointing at woodstoves

Cowichan Station – Enough already. We’ve had to endure the last few years listening to how open burning of yard refuse has impacted the health of the Valley and now we’re hearing that woodstoves are the latest culprits.

We live on an acreage and have a woodstove to heat our home, therefore, I feel the finger pointing directly in our direction. We have changed to an EPA wood stove, as well, we abide by the open burning window allowed twice a year. This finger pointing is ridiculous and petty.

I do know that in Duncan I often smell furnace oil burning, also with the increase in population and traffic, having the TCH running through town, is there not the issue of increased car emissions? So wood smoke is only one of the culprits here, and I take exception to always being the bad guy.

Now we’re having to read in the paper “Woodsmoke 101” insinuating our household is more at risk of having breathing issues. This is getting ridiculous. There are many situations in the home which can contribute to health problems.

Wood is used to heat homes for many reasons, one of which is the cost of Hydro, which we too are constantly being pressured to use less of. But now it’s our fault for creating the bad air quality of late? We are striving to make our way in a responsible manner as is everyone else, because this Valley too is our home. So when I look out over this beautiful valley I can rest assured that, hey wait, what’s that mushroom cloud sitting over Crofton, and that smell? I rest my case.

Shirlee Harris

Cowichan Station