Agent Orange in Ontario
From the Toronto Star Feb 17 > http://tinyurl.com/48lpr5u
Agent Orange "soaked" Ontario teens
Aerial spraying programs were considered a cheap, fast and effective way to alter the landscape of Ontario's forests for maximum profit. Timber companies and the government worked together to increase the output of money-making trees like white and black spruce while culling nearly everything else that got in their way.
In the mid-1960s, Spruce Falls held about 4 million acres of forest land under lease from the Ontario government and owned an additional 180,000 acres. The incomplete documents don't provide a total number of acres sprayed.
"We can acknowledge that a mixture of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T under various brand names were used in Ontario," ministry spokesman Greg MacNeil wrote the Star in an email.
"If it's got 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D as a mixture, it's Agent Orange and it has dioxin - I guarantee it," said Dwernychuk, who recently retired as chief scientist from Vancouver-based Hatfield Consultants.
Medical studies have determined the type of dioxin found in Agent Orange latches on to fat cells and can remain in the body for decades. Exposure may lead to skin disorders, liver problems, certain types of cancers and impaired immune, endocrine and reproductive functions.
The U.S. military stopped using Agent Orange in 1970 after a study for the National Institutes of Health showed that the dioxin-tainted 2,4,5-T caused birth defects in laboratory animals. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now recognizes more than 50 diseases and medical conditions associated with exposure.
[Former forestry worker] David Buchanan always wondered what was inside the 45-gallon oil drums he worked with as a 15-year-old at Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company in 1964.
"Even then, it didn't seem right," said Buchanan, now a 61-year-old dentist in Sackville, N.S., who has suffered from a series of illnesses doctors couldn't diagnose. Body-covering hives. Persistent bouts of dizziness. A sperm count so low he couldn't have children.
Noah - no escape from Agent Orange for the forestry industry workers in Ontario!! They were holding helium balloons on fishing line, used as markers for the airplanes. They were soaked in the stuff.
Agent Orange causes over 50 "diseases and medical conditions". The ones used to determine compensation in the New Brunswick cases [the US military tested Agent Orange there in the 1960s] include:
chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
soft tissue sarcoma
respiratory cancer (of the lung/bronchus, larynx or trachea)
early onset transient peripheral neuropathy
porphyria cutanea tarda
type 2 diabetes
Agent Orange also causes various birth defects.