Photo by Wayne Ellwood

This Toxic Life: Our World is Awash With Petro-Chemicals

A Bale of Plastic Bottles
'Every time I come here my body gets sad and angry at the same time,' says Ron Plain. 'You can't put into words what it means to me.' We've just tumbled out of Ron's jeep near the end of a three-hour tour of Sarnia, Ontario's 'chemical valley'. Ron calls it his 'toxic tour'. He's done it dozens of times so the patter is easy and familiar. Sarnia is a gritty blue-collar community of 70,000 people at the top of the St Clair River, on the Canadian side, about a 100 kilometres north of Detroit.