Weston School sports field is closed

Weston School sports field is closed

Schoolchildren and students are advised to refrain from visiting Weston School sports field because of contamination- soil can contain lead.

A study that was conducted in 2007 showed that in most of the soil samples taken in this field contain a level of lead that exceeds the norm.

The Winnipeg School Division warned of the danger and asked students and schoolchildren not to use the field. Health Minister informed that the warning should have occurred much earlier, city residents should be aware of the danger. Unfortunately, 10 years ago, no warnings were made.

According to the minister, the level of lead should not have grown over 10 years, but now the government is conducting an examination of hazardous areas. The final results will be known at the end of the year.

The Minister stressed that for 10 years the interests of schools were put on the back burner in this problem and active implementation of a new action plan is being conducted now.

Soil samples from other places were also taken for examination and the level of contamination exceeded the norm.

Health Canada warns that lead poisoning is very dangerous for a person and can lead to big health problems. For children, the risk is even greater.

As it can be seen in official documents, the previous government was to make public the testimony of research done 10 years ago. but, apparently, this did not happen.

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