Diwali no longer blamed for pollution in Mississauga and Brampton

Published October 24, 2022 at 10:50 pm

No permit needed to set off fireworks on private property in Mississauga on Monday

Environment Canada is no longer blaming Diwali celebrations for polluting the air in Mississauga, Brampton and surrounding areas.

Earlier today the government agency warned that high levels of pollution across the area were anticipated because of the large number of fireworks that were expected to be let off as part of the celebrations tonight (Oct. 24).

“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath,” Environment Canada said, adding that children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease are at a higher risk. “Exposure to air pollution is particularly a concern for children, the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.

However, later in the day Environment Canada removed any mention of Diwali from its air quality warning.

When the original bulletin was issued social media lit up with complaints that a cultural festival was being blamed for the problem.

“How come they didn’t issue the same warning during fireworks on Canada Day or Victoria Day,” one Twitter user stated summing up the views of many.

However, a government spokesman said the amount of fireworks that have been used during Diwali in the past has been greater than the other two celebrations.

Known as a festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated by Hindus and other South Asian cultures with prominent displays of fireworks that can sometimes last for several days.



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