Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project

Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project
Mold is a major problem for First Nations and will only worsen unless the problem is dealt with properly.
Based on the true cost of mold, it is fairly clear that our Leaders would be prudent in addressing mold issues today, which we believe will result in a net financial savings to our health care system and overall productivity in the long run.

Got Mold Truck and Trailer

Got Mold? has spent considerable time and effort educating and offering services to our First Nations primarily because we believe this is a major health concern with long term consequences. Indeed, in November, 2012, we published an article, Mold in First Nations: A Crisis! to further publicize this problem. As stated by the article, 44% of homes on reserves have mold issues, and the problem will continue to worsen unless this issue is dealt with seriously.
Fortunately, mold and the health concerns it creates are starting to be addressed. Earlier this year we worked on a First Nations project in Saskatchewan which relied heavily on dry ice blasting to remove the mold.

Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project

In May, a large construction company in Alberta contacted Got Mold? and asked us to bid on another First Nations project. Earlier this week, Got Mold? sent a team to Fort McMurray, Alberta who subsequently took the plane, pictured above, to the First Nations project in northern Alberta. The initial work involves the remediation of floor joists in the crawl space, though it appears that the scope of the project will grow because the mold infestation is much larger than initially thought.
Stay tuned for further pictures and details as they come in from our Founder, James C. Watson, who is personally over-seeing the project. Have a fantastic weekend!

Mold in First Nations: A Crisis!

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Mold in First Nations: A Crisis!
Currently, our founder and President, James C. Watson is en route to Southern Saskatchewan to investigate a mold issue on a First Nations reserve. Got Mold? has been asked to assess 80 homes and will be inspecting several of the homes on the reserve.
In 2006, the Auditor General and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts recommended that the government address the problem of air quality and mold in First Nations homes.
Since then, CMHC has published some case studies of how First Nations communities are dealing with their mold issues. Case studies examined how the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and the Membertou First Nation communities have dealt with mold problems. The key conclusions of these reports focused on creating awareness and solutions for dealing with mold problems. The key to mold is it must be remediated and contaminated materials removed.
However, it appears that mold issues on reserves are not being dealt with adequately.
In 2009, Long Lake First Nation, filed a 210 million dollar class action law suit against the Government of Canada, alleging that the Crown failed to follow its own warnings and allowed the majority of homes on Long Lake Reserve to become infested with Toxic Mould, a substance that is harmful to human health. The basis for the law suit surrounds the Government’s forceful moving of the residents to a swampy area that created mold issues for residents. This is just one case.
In fact, it has been reported that 44% of homes on reserves have mold issues. This is a staggering statistic.
In 2011, CBC News reported that First Nations housing is in a state of crisis because more than 40 per cent of homes on reserves need major repairs, compared with seven per cent outside reserves.
Indeed, in 2012, there have been several reports about mold issues on First Nations, including the following:
1. Mould plagues First Nations reserves: UVic study
The key conclusion from this study:
Mould has become a “national housing crisis” for people living in the dilapidated homes that characterize First Nations reserves across the country, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Victoria.
2. First Nations students likely to lose school year
This news report documented the fact that housing is not the only issue facing First Nations because schools and the health of children being educated is being compromised by mold and poor air quality in the schools.
3. Walls crumbling from mould infestation on B.C. reserve
This story clearly shows that the lack of attention to mold issues on reserves will lead to worsened conditions because mold is like a cancer. Unless you get rid of it, it will just keep feasting on the home because mold thrives on building materials.
4. Flooded First Nation raises dike damage concerns
Mold needs just three ingredients to thrive: water, the right temperature, and food. According to this report, mold is an existing problem and the failure to deal with flooding on reserves is just making the problem worse.
5. First Nations housing in crisis
Earlier this week, Tamara Cunningham reported that “mould has amounted to a national crisis. Forty-four per cent of all reserve housing in the country now carry enough toxic mould to cause serious respiratory problems.
It is clear that mold is a major problem for First Nations and will only worsen unless the problem is dealt with properly.
One might think that considering the health and structural affects that mold costs the government and band leaders, that this issue will be dealt with. However, funding seems to be the major hurdle:
“[F]unding for mould remediation in Canada is simply “inadequate.” The government spends 20 to 30 per cent less per capita on reserve housing compared to that off reserve.”
It truly is a sad state of affairs for our First Nations. In the end the residents of the homes continue to suffer while the Band Leaders and the Government of Canada continue debate this issue amongst themselves.
Based on some of the articles we have published on the true cost of mold, it is fairly clear that our Leaders would be prudent in addressing mold issues today, which we believe will result in a net financial savings to our health care system and overall productivity in the long run. Will our government’s listen? I guess we will just have to wait and see. What do you think?
Further Reading
Mold Damage Costs More Than Half A Trillion Dollars Per Year!
What is the True Economic Cost of Mold?
Ten Health Risks of Mold
Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!
Don’t Spray Mold!
What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Seven Tips To Detecting Mold
Mold in Your Basement
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
What to do when you’ve identified a mold concern?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
How Does Mold Get Indoors?
What’s In Your Flood Water?
What causes Mold growth?

Mold in the News: Issue 15

Mold in the News: Issue 15
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
Mould found at seniors centre: Breathing complaints at the Katrine Community Centre led to the discovery of mould in the seniors centre downstairs. Township of Armour Reeve Bob MacPhail explained that a few years ago there was a leak near one of the staircases and since then work was done, including extending the roof, however a recent discovery of mould caused concern with seniors using the facility.
Solving the mold problem: Steve Tilman estimates that he’s looked at more than 3,000 homes in his eight years as a licensed home inspector for HomeCheck Inspections in Winston-Salem. In many of those inspections, Tilman – a certified mold investigator and assessor and certified indoor-air-quality technician – was checking for mold. But Tilman discovered that his customers had difficulty finding reliable companies to solve the mold problem.
Parents Allege Mold in Middle Township Elementary No. 2 : Pink painted ceilings don’t seem to be able to contain the black stains seeping through from what appears to be a proliferation of mold in Elementary No. 2.
Tips for preventing, removing mold, mildew: Spring is officially here and Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities would like to remind residents that mold and mildew are common in this part of the country because of the warm and moist air that this season brings. Though mold and mildew spores are always in the air, the types that cause mildew need moisture and can only grow in certain temperatures and can commonly develop in Kansas.
Allergy season gets off to early start: Elizabeth Harris Krasnoff knows this spring is turning into a terrible allergy season.
Mold testing set for Middle school: A Pennsylvania firm is expected to conduct mold testing at Middle Township Elementary School No. 2 this weekend. A parent recently raised concerns over ceiling tile discoloration in the one classroom at elementary school, said Superintendent Michael Kopakowski. But Kopakowski did not want to say if mold is present. That’s why testing is being done, he said.
Video: Allergens target nearly half of people in the Ozarks: Treatment can be tricky. “The mold is a very bad thing in the Ozarks. But most people don’t talk about it that much because there is not that much we can do about it,” explained Lux. “There are molds that don’t grow in culture, so we don’t have them available for testing. So there’s a lot of people who suffer from mold in the Ozarks, but we don’t have an allergy test for it.
Military housing firm cites progress in mold abatement: Despite delays that Lincoln Military Housing blames on new state standards related to mold, the company has made marked progress in cleaning up hundreds of its houses across Hampton Roads, Lincoln officials said this week. But for several families who may sue over the issue, it’s too little, too late, according to their lawyer.

Mold in the News: Issue 14

Mold in the News: Issue 14
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
FEATURED STORY: Video: Condo Association Accused Of Hiding Mold Problems From Tenants: A company managing condominiums and apartment rental units is being accused of exposing residents to potentially dangerous mold and not telling them about it. CBS 2′s Dave Savini investigates the conditions and a woman’s fight for justice. Sonia Alvarado’s home is sealed in plastic. To get a glimpse inside, she puts on a special protective mask and mentally braces herself.
Mold problem at DHS nearly gone: Responsibility for a mold problem at Demopolis High School lies with air conditioning maintenance and drainage according to a report presented to the board of education Monday night. Last week, representatives of Safety Environmental Laboratories and Consulting, Inc (SELC) conducted a Limited Indoor Environmental (Fungal/Mold) Assessment of Select Areas of Demopolis High School, which was requested due to concerns of fungal contamination at the school.
Mould and Your Health: Mould and Your Health Home is where the heart is – it’s where we spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Because we spend much of our time at home, home is also where our health is. That’s why it’s important to make sure that our homes are healthy environments. The steps to make your home a healthy environment may not all come as a surprise to you. But you may be surprised at just how much those little actions can help your health!
Court Rejects Teacher’s Suit Over Classroom Mold: A Virginia teacher who suffered sinusitis, bronchitis, and other ailments because of exposure to excessive mold in her classroom could not sue her school district on a constitutional claim that her bodily integrity had been violated, a federal appeals court has ruled.
More floods means more mould – and more respiratory problems?: We know that Australia is a country of droughts and flooding rains, but recently it has seen more rain than usual. By Dr Tom Jeavons and Professor Michael Abramson In the past five years there has been record rainfall and flooding in many towns and cities across eastern Australia. The floods themselves are dangerous, but there are also health hazards associated with the indoor dampness that follows, and more specifically the excessive mould this encourages.
Floods herald creeping problem of mould and growing health risks: The past five years have seen record rainfall and flooding in many towns and cities across eastern Australia. The floods themselves are dangerous, but so are the health hazards associated with the indoor dampness that follows and, more specifically, the excessive mould it encourages. A lot of indoor mould growth resulted from Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of homes in New Orleans in 2005.
First Nations students likely to lose school year: Most elementary school students in Pikangikum First Nation won’t be passing this year. They’ve lost 57 days of class time since December, when teachers left the community after mould was discovered in their homes. Repairs have been made and trailers brought in for alternative accommodations, but Principal Joanne Donnelly said teachers won’t be back until next week at the earliest. They’re still waiting for the results of air quality testing before returning. The delay will have consequences for students.
Province goes to war on scofflaw landlords: The provincial government has slapped notorious landlord Gurdyal Singh Sahota with a $115,000 penalty for failing to maintain a water-damaged Surrey apartment building despite several orders from the Residential Tenancy Branch. The penalty against Sahota, a wealthy landlord who has long been criticized for allowing his buildings to fall into disrepair, is the first administrative penalty under the Residential Tenancy Act.
Video: Mold forces elderly woman out of West Palm Beach condo: A 78-year-old Century Village resident says she complained about a leak in her unit years ago, but no one believed her until the problem got so bad she became sick and her entire kitchen had to be gutted.

Mold in the News: Issue 5

Mold in the News: Issue 5
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mold related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!

Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mold and mold related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mold related news as we find it. Our facebook page is also full of mold related information…please LIKE us; our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
$9.2 million plan to upgrade three schools that were closed by a mold infestation last fall: The school district has proposed a $9.2 million plan to upgrade three schools that were closed by a mold infestation last fall. The plan, which will go before local voters on March 13, is intended to address chronic problems that led to the mold problem, said Newin Schoener, the district’s superintendent. A mold cleanup shut the district’s elementary schools: Atco, Thomas Richards and Waterford for five days in October.
Tricks For Removing Mold: I have traces of mold across parts of my basement walls. What is the best way to kill and remove it, and then to prevent it from coming back? – Jeff B., Indianapolis Dear Jeff: Before you try to remove the mold, you should first figure out the source of the mold to prevent it from coming back. Highly rated mold remediators I’ve talked to over the years have all said the same thing: “You don’t have a mold problem. You have a moisture problem.”
Video: Walls crumbling from mould infestation on B.C. reserve: Residents of a First Nations reserve on northern Vancouver Island say that mould is eating away at their walls and destroying their homes. On Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw land near Port Hardy, community members say that nearly half of the homes are being degraded by mould. “This one has mould issues, and then this one has mould issues, and the next one has mould issues. We don’t have enough money to bring our houses up to code,” band manager Les Taylor told CTV News.
Mold Specialist in Passaic Teams with SEO Marketer to Guarantee Mold Removal in the Tri-State Area: Web users in the Tri-State region will soon have a shortcut to guaranteed mold removal. As part of an online push to boost its mold remediation business, Everest Environmental, LLC, has announced a recent partnership with leading Internet marketer Prospect Genius.
Public Housing Residents — One With Her Mold Brush — Sue the City: Sharon Davis-Knight shows off the toothbrush that she uses to clear away mold in the bathroom of her apartment in the Farragut Houses. She’s one of several tenants who sued the city on Thursday. Residents of a trio of Fort Greene housing projects — including one woman showing off the a toothbrush she uses to fight persistent mold — sued the city on Thursday, claiming that the Housing Authority is a “slumlord” that violates laws that mandate timely repairs.
Get independent lab to test air before mold cleanup: Few things scare homeowners more than learning they have mold in their home. Mold is a common problem that could cause health risks and diminish your home’s value. Though most mold remediators are honest and reliable, some unscrupulous companies try to scare homeowners into spending thousands of dollars unnecessarily. One tactic these companies use is revealing results an air quality test the company conducts itself, which shows mold present in the home.
Common Toxins in Our Homes, Schools and Workplaces: The Global Indoor Health Network is releasing its position statement highlighting the main threats to human health hidden in our homes, schools and workplaces. It is time for our national and world leaders to develop a comprehensive health response. Henderson, NV, March 03, 2012 –(PR.com)– Today, the Global Indoor Health Network released its position statement titled “Common Toxins in our Homes, Schools and Workplaces.”
School District Saves Thousands of Dollars with Mold Screen Check: A recent Finnish Institute of Occupational Health study concluded that indoor dampness and mold shows “new evidence of the relation between workplace exposure to indoor molds and the development of asthma in adulthood.” Aspergillus sp., Penicillium sp., Fusarium sp., Stachybotrys sp., Alternaria sp.; the list goes on. These are the names of many pathogens and mycotoxins that have become household names in recent years that many business owners and homeowners are having to deal with each and everyday.
Recognizing Toxic Mold Symptoms: Detecting toxic mold symptoms is essential as mold has been resulting in severe medical problems in human beings. These toxic kinds of mold can really exist in moist conditions in the home or workplace with out us even knowing it. In the last 10 years, there was numerous accounts involving toxic molds causing serious and many times fatal outcomes for babies and sensitive individuals. The medical concerns of toxic mold range between rashes to respiratory system difficulties.