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Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

Helping Canadians Reduce Radon Risk

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  • 15 Sep 2016 10:33 AM | Pam Warkentin (Administrator)

    With great sadness, we want to share news with our CARST family on the passing of Arthur Scott.  We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from a short, quick illness.  There will be a quiet family memorial service for him.


    In honour of the passing of Arthur Scott, CARST would like to recognize his contributions to the radon industry.  Arthur made significant contributions through his early design of the radon mitigation – active soil depressurization concept and continued through his life to share his expertise in radon mitigation and measurement.  We will miss your contributions and your wit, Arthur.


    We encourage you to post your thoughts, memories and best wishes here and we will share these with Arthur's family.  If you have more personal wishes you would like to pass on to the family, you can email info@carst.ca and we will compile these and pass them on as well.


  • 14 Sep 2016 3:35 PM | Pam Warkentin (Administrator)

    Municipalities have a great opportunity to help in the campaign to raise awareness on radon risk in Canada.  We have some great examples of municipalities who are taking this seriously.  CARST has realized this optimal opportunity and are working to provide information to municipalities across the country in an effort to encourage more of them to join in the efforts of radon awareness.  We are encouraging others to join us in this effort.


    Chelsea, Quebec has used their resources to provide residents with information.  They have made information pamphlets available in their public library; town office and made test kits for radon in air and radon in water readily available to their residents through their town office.  They have also decided to undergo research on radon levels in their community.


    Guelph, Thunder Bay and Central Elgin in Ontario are three other municipalities who have taken initiative to take action to protect their residents from radon.  Each of these communities have developed construction standards for new buildings to include radon control measures.  


    CARST and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been very active in connecting with municipalities to take action on the campaign to reduce Canadians radon exposure.  In response to members, CARST has looked at the Ontario building code and has sent to all the municipalities in Ontario, an opinion letter from a lawyer on their responsibility to protect their constituents with respect to section SB9 of the building code and radon.  We have encouraged municipalities to seek their own legal counsel on this and offered them some information on radon and assistance as required. You can email CARST for a copy of this letter - info@carst.ca


    If you are familiar with the mayor or a councilor in your municipality, we encouraged you to talk with them and discuss some suggestions as to how they can become more active in promoting radon awareness.  Here is a copy of a sample presentation that you can use if you are able to provide a presentation and a document with some suggestions and a CARST Pamphlet encouraging them to get involved.

    We are looking forward to seeing how the increase of awareness and prevention of lung cancer will grow at an exponential rate, once municipalities join the efforts.


  • 29 Jan 2014 2:15 PM | Pam Warkentin (Administrator)

     

    It's here.  We are officially launching our new website.  One of the exciting parts of this website is a list of almost 90 professionals who are all committed to help us reduce radon levels for Canadians and the second best is the Radon News Online which lists articles that are online in regards to radon.  I remember when 4 a year was a success, so far we have had a list of five in January alone - pass on more when you see them so we can watch the list grow. 

    When I first started went to the US for training in Radon Measurement, no one in Canada seemed to know what I was talking about.  I remember my first trade show in Winnipeg, I had to stop people to tell them about radon and how they needed to protect themselves, but they seemed to think I was trying to sell them 'snake oil'.  Now, seven years later people are emailing and calling me to ask what to do about it, and the last trade show I was at, they were so glad to have finally found someone to give them answers.  WOW.  What a long way we have come. 

    I remember one of the first pre-CARST meetings when we were talking about vision and dreams for 'someday' Bob Wood mentioned wanting bill boards advertising radon across the country.  It seemed like a grand vision then, but now it seems like a possibility.

    I realize there are still some radon professionals who are struggling to make ends meet with their radon business and many other professionals that are wondering if radon is worth the cost and time to invest in.  Canadian homeowner's need you.  We have come this far as pioneers.  It has taken dedication and hard work, help us by continuing to share the news with homeowner's to protect them.  We need to continue to get information to homeowner's so they can make an informed decision about their health.  Help us get the word out.

    Help us help Canadians reduce their radon risk!!

    Voilà! Nous lançons officiellement notre nouveau site web. La partie la plus intéressante de ce site est une liste de près de 90 professionnels qui sont tous engagés à nous aider à réduire les niveaux de radon pour les Canadiens, et en second lieu les Nouvelles en ligne sur le radon. Cette section répertorie les articles en ligne qui concernent le radon. Je me souviens que 4 articles en ligne par année était un succès, jusqu’à maintenant nous avons 5 articles en janvier seulement. Si vous nous transmettez des articles dès que vous les voyez, nous verrons tous grossir cette liste.

    Quand je suis allé aux USA pour le cours en mesure du radon, personne au Canada ne semblait savoir ce dont je parlais. Je me souviens de mon premier salon commercial à Winnipeg, je devais arrêter les gens pour leur parler au sujet du radon et de la nécessité de se protéger mais ils  semblaient penser que je voulais leur vendre de la « poudre de perlimpinpin ». Aujourd’hui, sept ans plus tard, les gens m’envoient des emails et me téléphonent pour me demander ce qu’il faut faire et lors de mon dernier salon commercial les gens étaient contents d’avoir enfin trouvé quelqu’un pouvant répondre à leurs questions. WOW ! Que de chemin parcouru.

    Je me souviens d’une des premières réunions précédent CARST/ACSTR quand nous parlions de vision et de rêves pour le futur, Bob Wood a dit qu’il voulait des panneaux d’affichage publicitaires sur le radon à travers le pays. Ça semblait alors un grand rêve mais maintenant ça semble possible.

    Je sais qu’il y a encore des professionnels du radon qui peinent à joindre les deux bouts avec leur entreprise de radon et que de nombreux autres se demandent si l’investissement pour le radon en temps et argent en valent la peine. Les propriétaires canadiens ont besoin de vous. Nous avons fait tout ce chemin de pionniers, il a fallu du dévouement et du travail acharné, aidez-nous en continuant à partager l’information aux propriétaires en vue de leur protection. Nous devons continuer à transmettre l’information aux propriétaires afin qu’ils puissent prendre une décision éclairée au sujet de leur santé. Aidez-nous à passer le message.

    Aidez-nous à aider les Canadiens à réduire leur risque au radon!

  • 12 Nov 2013 3:17 PM | Pam Warkentin (Administrator)

    November has been declared Radon Action Month.  As part of this effort, Health Canada has enlisted the help of a prominent, well-respected Canadian scientist to get the word out with an informative public service announcement. This PSA will be launched across the country on November 18 as part of Radon Action Month. 


    What activities are you doing for radon action month.  Share your ideas.

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