Living in a toxic city in Quebec - Interview with Samuel Touchette from Rouyn-Noranda

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    The city of Rouyn-Noranda is facing a serious arsenic contamination problem caused by a smelter. The situation has been going on for years, with arsenic concentrations far exceeding standards. In this discussion, Samuel Touchette, a construction worker living near the smelter, shares his experience of living in a toxic city with Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Quebec Green Party and host of La Mentalité Verte. Pollution affects people's health and living conditions. It is emphasized that pollution is linked to capitalism and the interests of the rich, who put their profits ahead of people's health. The role of government in pollution is also discussed, as is the need for strict measures to protect the population. Summary The city of Rouyn-Noranda is faced with serious arsenic contamination caused by a smelter. The pollution is affecting the health and living conditions of the town's inhabitants. Pollution is linked to capitalism and the interests of the rich, who put their profits ahead of people's health. Strict measures must be taken to protect the population and resolve the pollution crisis in Rouyn-Noranda.

    00:00 Introduction and background to arsenic contamination in Rouyn-Noranda 01:27 Discussion on the reality of living in a toxic city 05:19 Link between pollution and capitalism 07:40 The government's role in plant pollution 09:37 Class warfare and the conflicting interests of rich and working people 10:06 History of the foundry and political decisions 12:46 The consequences of pollution on health and the environment 15:34 Arsenic contamination in nature and its effects on food consumption 20:28 The injustices and frustrations of pollution 23:21 The impact of pollution on attracting healthcare professionals 27:32 Conclusion and call for strict measures against pollution

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