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Alberta doctor tells U.S.: Canada is ‘lying’ about tar sands’ health effects

American Senators told that oil sands are linked to a huge spike in cancer, despite Canadian government claims

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He was diagnosed with the same rare, incurable bile duct cancer, found in people living nearby. But unlike other Aboriginal cancer patients in Fort Chipewyan, Chadi is Lebanese. 

“How can this keep happening in a community this size?” his common-law wife told the Edmonton JournalAccording to a government census, Fort Chipewyan only had a population of 847 in 2011. 

John Chadi - Fort Chip councillor with rare bile duct cancer

Fort Chip councillor John Chadi was diagnosed with a rare cancer within days of taking office.

Similarly, dozens of families in the Peace River region, in the province's Northwest, have complained of health effects from noxious oil sands fumes, and six families have abandoned their homes.

When one mother, Karla Labrecque, approached her ear-throat-and-nose specialist in Grande Prairie about her health woes from the oil fumes, he told her to "just move."

“He said… you are just a small, little bolt in this huge robot, and you don't matter.  Move," the mother told a recent Alberta energy regulator hearing under oath.

O'Connor said physicians are fearful of recriminations and repercussions, "if they dared to speak ‘health issues and tar sands’ in the same sentence.” 

Fort McMurray, Alberta - Kris Krug oil sands photo - Operation Arctic Shadow

Fort McMurray, Alberta - by Kris Krug 

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