“The world upside down”: an emergency doctor poisoned with arsenic asks the government to act

“The world turned upside down” 'arsenic calls on the government to act


Emergency physician Catherine Falardeau leaves her hometown and her patients to preserve her health and that of her family and asks the government to put on its pants. 

The emergency physician Catherine Falardeau, established in Rouyn-Noranda in Abitibi-Témiscamingue for twenty years, decided to leave her region and her patients for good when she realized that her blood was poisoned with arsenic. she confided during the show Le monde à l'envers, Friday evening.

Arrived in the Abitibi town in 1999, the doctor tried to sound the alarm in 2005 with an artist friend, after the publication of a report by the Ministry of the Environment on emissions of arsenic and other problematic mining residues. In the region. The two women set up the shock installation “Casing nothing”, but were quickly rebuffed.

In 2019, 20 years after her arrival, the mother of four finally decided to leave their area after being the victim of arsenic poisoning.

Currently, the Horne Smelter is limited to an arsenic emissions threshold of 15 ng/m3 d five years from now. A limit that however exceeds the Quebec standard of 3 ng/m3.

“I am a mom. At home, I make the rules. I expect the government I'm going to vote for to set the rules, after that the Horne Foundry will make its decision and not the other way around,” she told Stéphan Bureau.

Recall that outgoing Premier François Legault believes that it is up to the citizens of Rouyn-Noranda to determine the fate of the Horne Foundry and that if the majority wanted it, the CAQ government would close the plant.

Dominic Mrais points the finger at the media

Guest on the set of the show Le monde à l'envers, the star host of CHOI Radio X, Dominic Mrais, pointed to easy criticism of certain media, including Radios de Québec.

Questioned by Stéphan Bureau on the media treatment and the coarse language of certain station hosts – including his own –, Mr. Mrais denied using certain techniques akin to intimidation, including the repetition of certain segments, and to capitalize on the fact that the media was too easily the target of criticism. “The relentlessness comes the other way too,” he told Stéphan Bureau, pointing out that he too was the target of harsh criticism, both from the public and from other media.

< p>“We are locked in certainties, we are in echo chambers. We have to talk to each other,” he added.

A lively debate on the instrumentalization of immigration

The team of debaters of the week, Biz, Yasmine Abdelfadel, Guy Nantel and Sophie Durocher, had a lively debate on the question of the instrumentalization of immigration as a political strategy. They debated alongside special guest of the week, Guylaine Tremblay, who plays Anna in the TVA series Anna et Arnaud, opening the door to a discussion on the new face of homelessness .

Former TVA Sport journalist Nancy Audet confided in Stéphan Bureau on the shortcomings of the DPJ and the glaring lack of foster families, a topic that has received little attention during this election campaign. The author, also godmother of the Youth Foundation of the DPJ, recently published Never again shame: the improbable journey of a little poke, at Éditions de l'Homme.


The show Le monde à l'envers is presented live every Friday at 8 p.m.