Eleanor Setton says Montreal's blower ban more than hot air

A suburb near Montreal is looking to implement a seasonal ban on leaf blowers through the summer. Dr Eleanor Setton, co-director of the Spatial Sciences Research Lab here at UVic, spoke to the National Post about the health effects of these machines, including noise, fuel emissions, and airborne particles. Mayor Georges Bourelle says he expects council will vote Monday to adopt the seasonal ban. Vancouver, Toronto, and several other Montreal suburbs are facing their own battles over whether to ban the blower. Setton's comments help illuminate the debate with compelling evidence that raking them up the old fashioned way reduces numerous negative and avoidable impacts of the machines. Read the full article here. This story was also carried by other outlets, including the Times Colonist and The Province.