The three provinces have been dealing with weak air quality thanks to global warming.
TORONTO – Ontario health officials have officially declared that one in every 100 air residents are diagnosed with COVID-19, a new, highly toxic form of haze that was first reported in December in the northern part of the province.
The Toronto area has been forced to cut back on pollution production at factories due to the most recent spike in COVID-19, which results from carbon monoxide and nitric oxide produced by manufacturing in the region.
Since then, Ontario had been forced to issue directives around COVID-19 since January.
Ontario’s Minister of the Environment Glen Murray says that he is concerned that the alarming new health issue has been exacerbated by the oil and gas industry in the region.
According to the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), oil and gas development requires around 16 million tonnes of COVID-19 per year, making it the top polluter in Ontario.
But Murray says this can be turned around.
“This is really a matter of investment and commercialization, and that starts in the oil and gas sector,” Murray said. “That needs to happen, because if we can harness this technology, we can turn around what is our biggest offender right now.”