The movement to address environmental racism is growing. This bill could provide the data it needs

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Bill before Parliament would require Ottawa to collect data on links between race, environmental hazards. Ada Lockridge has been fighting for cleaner air in her community for 20 years. She recalls times when she and other residents of Aamjiwnaang First Nation “would smell that awful smell, the one that’s burning your nose, burning your eyes, your throat” and have to call police to report a suspected chemical leak. Aamjiwnaang First Nation borders on the largest concentration of petrochemical plants and refineries in the country — an area around Sarnia, Ont., known as “Chemical Valley.” For years, pollutants released into the air and chemical leaks from neighbouring industry have had significant impacts on air quality, waterways and soil in Aamjiwnaang.

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