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80% of People Living in MUDs Want to Live SMoke-free Affair with Smoke-free Housing Alice: Narrating the personal Anna I am not going away not by a long shot. The smoke-free housing saga continues Answers to Frequently Asked Questions including Grandfathering Anti-smoking champ honoured for PUSH Any defensive discussion indefensible April Lifting the Veil off of Quiet Enjoyment Arabian COUGHING Poster At the Core of Smoke-Free Housing Workplace violence and bullying ATTRIBUTE REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISH BEING SMOKE-FREE AUTHORITIES for Smoke-free Housing BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL Decides Crescent Housing Societys Application To Dismiss Lacking in Substance Concreteness and Good Faith (Another Debacle) BC HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL hears first case on SHS in MUDs Monday April 2 – Wednesday April 4 2012 BREAKTHROUGH DECISION Smoke-Free Housing Cancer in non-smoker sparks legal action Australia CLEANING UP TOXIC ENVIRONMENTS COMMUNITY DISCUSSION FORM Comparing “big” and “too small to matter” crises and catastrophes Demand for non-smoking apartments next to impossible Do you struggle with the problem of drifting second-hand smoke in your home? What you can do looks like 2011 DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH THE PROBLEM OF SECONDHAND SMOKE DRIFT What Struggle Looks like Drewlo Holdings Building More Smoke-free Apartments DROs Ways to Strengthen a Bid for Smoke-free Housing Ethical Dilemma of Smoke-free Housing EX-SMOKERS ARE UNSTOPPABLE flash mob dance Fervent Wish for Smoke-free Housing Governance by Dysfunctional Boards How the Smoke-free Housing Initiative inadvertently opened up governance for public scrutiny Grandfathering How does it apply to smokers Grandfathering Smoke freely Grandfathering Smokes License to Smoke License for Abuse GROUNDHOG DAY PUSHing the Drift to Smoke-free Housing GROUNDHOG DAY 2012: Secondhand smoke from grandfathered smokers takes a wee hit How Provincial and Municipal Bylaws Apply for MUDs in BC HR DECISION ORDERS “METRO ONE” TO CEASE ITS DISCRIMINATION AND REFRAIN FROM COMMITTING A SIMILAR CONTRAVENTION IN THE FUTURE INJUNCTIVE RELIEF A court order to Do this and Stop doing that Inspiring story behind SMOKE-FREE CARS ACT 2007 knowledge exchange Krossa from Maple Ridge Dare Extend Ideation For Smoke-free Housing Lung cancer kills non-smoker McDaniels thank supporters Measuring second-hand smoke drift in non-smokers: Prove it Medical Marijuana NEWS ~ NEWS ~ NEWS London ON New Apartment Building Opts for Smoke-free and Utilizing Grants to Encourage Smoke-free Housing NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY YOUR TIME HAS COME NSRAs rebuttal of Harpers Gut of Federal Tobacco Control Program People imagining a smoke-free world Picture Worth a Thousand Words Premier Christy Clark announces Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) Sense and scent-ability: Do you smell second-hand smoke in your home? SHS Is Not Simply An Issue Between Neighbours Slaying the Myth of Right-To-Smoke and In-My-Home SMOKE DAMAGE - Voices from the Front Lines of Tobacco Wars Smoke-free at Last Smoke-free housing Litany of motivations and obstructions Smoke-free Housing: An award winning direction Standardize your letters and claims: Make them all the same Steps to Designating Smoking Area in Common Areas and Avoiding Misrepresentation STORIES: Heart of the Matter Strata concedes failure to accommodate McDaniels TENANTS' FUME IN SMOKE-FEST ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT COSTING THOUSANDS The 'In-Perpetuity' of National Non-Smoking Week Thinking Petition? Draft a report instead. Trials Against Big Tobacco Reveal Internal Documents Stating Lethal Hazard Of Smoking And Environmental Tobacco Smoke TRIBUNAL GRANTS COMPLAINANTS' APPLICATION TO AMEND THEIR COMPLAINT Tribunal's Decision Reveals DEBACLE Urging Political Will VEN TI-LA-TION – exchanging stale noxious air with clean fresh air Weitzels and Willow Park Estates What has California's new smoke-free housing law to do with us Canadians? What makes normal sensible people become dysfunctional when they join a board and what turns CEOs or EDs into mini-dictators? Why Isn't Vancouver's OLYMPIC VILLAGE A Flagship for Smoke-free Housing? Why there is a PUSH for Sf Housing WOW You've come a long way baby Yukon Housing Corp’s smoke-free housing leaves smokers fuming YUKON NORTH OF ORDINARY™ TRUMPS NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL BC AGAIN Yukon's smoke-free housing comes into effect Jan 1 2012

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lung cancer kills non-smoker

The Burnaby Newsleader's headline reads "Lung cancer can hit anyone, smoker or not." (read full story under News)

On November 17, 2010 Jeremy Chen stepped into his 31st year, and had a birthday to celebrate, as well as, a one year old son.  All that ended four months later, March 27, 2011.  A non-smoker, he died from lung cancer.  An asthmatic, when doctors diagnosed the lung cancer, Jeremy was in stage 4, the final stage.

"What was difficult to understand is that Jeremy never smoked and was never exposed to any toxins like asbestos. He worked in an office. There was no history of cancer in his family." said his widow, Scarlett, 32. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thinking Petition? Draft a report instead.

Instilling a Fervent Wish for Smoke-free Housing - Part XX

What do you want your petition to do?
          I hesitate to use the word 'petition' since too often people saturate the word with pejorative connotations, and dismiss the document, the request, as coming from agitators (troublemakers), as if there was nothing reasonable about the document and the request. Petitions inflame before people read, understand, and support them.
          However, petitions, in the legal sense, represent documents of formal requests and actionable claims. They constitute reports on the problem, documented requests of actionable claims. Key words: reports, documents, requests, actionable claims (legal grounds; pre-claims).
          Therefore, petitions require:
  • the background story,
  • statements of evidence, and
  • evidence at the ready to support the statements.
          They ask for:
  • remedy,
  • offer examples of resolutions, and
  • represent an actionable claim.
          Petitions serve to represent public requests and present public resolutions, and signify that public thinking shifted from old thinking to new thinking. “Yes, we use to think that, now we know better.” “Yes, we support (oppose) the change.” “Yes, we are ready for the change: it's long overdue.”
          Yes, we used to think that petitions came from troublemakers, shit-disturbers, and from people harboring ill-will. Now we know better. Petitions come from people with political will (small p, small w), urging Authority's Political Will.
          Reconfiguring the content and headings, petitions become Residential Tenancy complaints, Human Rights complaints, and Nuisance claims, each to suit the standardized processing forms in place.
          Back in 2008, when I helped draft the document which became the “Original Petition, Dismissed” (under PAGES on this blog), we had gathered a lot of information from tenants. I literally sat and typed out what everyone said. After three years, I still identify this sentence or that paragraph with a name.
          Unsure how to present it, we asked many people about what to put in and what to leave out. Various advocates of smoke-free housing supplied us with examples of petitions.
          Because we knew that Management and the Board knew of the problem of secondhand smoke from verbal entreaties, and letters, this was to be the formal written, group request of what everyone already knew. After all, management informed me about BC Clean Air Coalition, and advised me to contact them. BC Clean Air Coalition advises people to write letters, what to include, and draft petitions.
          The question asked of us - what did we want the 'petition' to do?

#1 Represent us, the people who signed. Our words, said our way. Neighbors said they would sign our document if it included what they said. We quickly moved away from generic petitions. They did not represent what we experienced.
#2 Record the range of symptoms people experience, both physically and psychologically, and the impact on health. See “Smoke-free Housing: Litany of motivations and obstructions” for 21 tobacco-related diseases. The “Original Petition, Dismissed” lists the “Impact on our health.” The “Human Rights Complaint as filed” presents the “Complainants Medical Profile.”
#3 Rally support for and with each other. Fairness is at issue. Secondhand smoke is not a single person experience or issue. In multi-unit residence, secondhand smoke from one neighboring smoker affects the health of neighbors below, beside, above, and across from them. Through ventilation systems, secondhand smoke affects neighbors throughout a building. Whether it is one smoker in 48 units, two smokers in six units, twelve smokers out of 36 units, or seventy smokers out of 257 units, many more than one non-smoker experiences secondhand smoke. Some, who lost their sense of smell, still experience secondhand smoke in their eyes, throat, and ears.
#4 Recognize the scope of the problem, be reasonable, and realistic in our expectations. We all had professional or semi-professional backgrounds. We all connected to a wider network of individuals. We would use this base to show we were part of the solution, not part of the problem.
#5 Report the scope of the problem: specifics, measurable, evidence-based. Each contributing factor might be categorized under immediate, intermediate, or long term solutions (primary, secondary, tertiary), as well as evaluated for financial feasibility and effectiveness.
#6 Raise awareness by documenting the everyday lived experience, bringing together the water-cooler and hallway talk, and raising the profile of this talk, making it a report.
#7 Be the report (paper trail) for the board to enact smoke-free housing policy.
#8 Realize the request as actionable, and that legal follow through might be necessary.
          Ten days of concentrated rewrites, our report outlined the background, and we organized the report under the headings:
  • the extent of the problem, how second-hand smoke enters and moves throughout the building;
  • the impact on health, the range of symptoms people experience both physically and psychologically;
  • the financial impact to people on limited income;
  • actions taken by tenants in an attempt to resolve the health issues and the issues of second-hand smoke in the building;
  • our understanding of discrimination under the Human Rights Code;
  • possible solutions presented for immediate consideration, all of which are known and have already been considered by other housing authorities;
          Management and the Board dismissed the report as a petition from agitating tenants, which was later verified through mandated disclosure of their own reports and minutes. They contended that prior to the petition they were unaware that anyone suffered from a condition that was aggravated by smoke, and had received no complaints.
          This “Original Petition, Dismissed,” served us as a solid foundation, a piece of specific, measurable, evidence-based history making it's way up the ladder rungs of Authority.
          Management and the Board submit that they have acted promptly and responsibly to the non-smokers while attempting to balance the competing interests of smokers. They refused policy and operational efforts of enforcement, because they believed they were not regulated to do so.
          If governments want smoke-free housing, they will need to regulate.
          If people want regulated smoke-free housing, they might need to go beyond inundating provincial governments with letters. Someone might need to start a petition.
          Anyone interested in gathering information to draft a report?