The MPGC Company is trying to build a new crematorium in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a National Historic Site and a cherished open green space for contemplation and recreation. The new crematorium - an industrial incinerator that can burn thousands of bodies a year, will replace the 40-year old crematorium on the south edge of the Cemetery - only 16.5 meters from adjacent homes.
Emissions from crematoriums contain some of the most toxic substances known – mercury, fine particulate matter, NOx, dioxin, VOCs and heavy metals. Children's developing bodies, respiratory and nervous systems are at risk even from low levels of these carcinogens - especially when exposed continuously near their homes, schools and playgrounds. There are no safe levels of exposure to mercury, PM2.5, dioxin and certain VOCs.
The City of Toronto Zoning By-law prohibits new crematoriums within 300 meters of residential areas, to protect public health and safety. This buffer zone is crucial to reducing pollution and smog where children live, learn and play – and to reducing associated asthma, respiratory disease and cancers.
Don't let the MPGC Company build an industrial incinerator so close to children's homes. Tell the Directors to move the new crematorium a safe distance away from residential neighbourhoods. Please don't risk our children's health any longer.
Please support our community by signing and sharing our petition below. For more information and how to get involved, email PEACE – Parents Everywhere Against Crematorium Emissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public health authorities consider the carcinogens emitted by crematoriums to be so harmful that any level of exposure - no matter how low - is felt to be unsafe. Children's developing bodies are particularly vulnerable to harm from mercury and other heavy metals, dioxin, fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. Additional concerns include the risk of industrial accidents, fires and spills from hazardous waste handling. Children should not be made to bear such risks next to their homes, schools and playgrounds.
The City of Toronto Zoning By-Law says that crematoriums should not be located in residential areas and should operate at least 300 meters away from vulnerable populations. The crematorium in Mount Pleasant Cemetery is less than 20 meters from adjacent homes.
We respectfully urge you to halt construction on the new crematorium immediately and relocate all incineration operations a safe distance from residential areas and school districts. Please do not make the children of this community wait any longer. Forty years is enough.