Rising lead levels in Northern Ontario elementary schools ignored by Liberal government

Queen’s Park – Algoma Manitoulin MPP, Michael Mantha, accused the Liberal premier for neglecting elementary schools in Northern Ontario by failing to take action on the 33 schools in the Sudbury and Algoma-Manitoulin area that recently tested for higher than provincially acceptable lead levels in their water.

“The tests show that they have doubled over the past two years,” said Mantha. “When will this government take action and invest in our northern schools so our youth get clean drinking water?”

Last fall The Sudbury and District Health Unit reported that the number of schools reported to have higher than standard levels of lead have doubled over the past two years. Since then, Mantha explained, his constituency office as well as that of France Gélinas, NDP MPP for Nickel Belt, have both received concerned inquiries from parents across the region, including Onaping, Val Caron, Levack and Dowling.

“A trend like this can be harmful to the health of our children,” said Mantha. “The Ministry of Education should act immediately to ensure schools are safe and healthy for students.”

“Premier, let’s get back to the classroom basics of education,” he added. “Is this government ready to offer immediate help to those 33 schools and focus on the real priorities and needs of an education system and the schools that our kids deserve?”