Sudbury halts use of fake snow
Ban in North Bay ‘triggered’ the conversation
Filmmakers in Sudbury have temporarily halted the use of a foam product used to simulate snow.
This comes after North Bay banned the product “based on available toxicological and ecological information.”
Meredith Armstrong, acting director of economic development for the City of Greater Sudbury, said a temporary halt was issued a few weeks ago to take a close look at the product.
She said the ban in North Bay “triggered” the conversation in Greater Sudbury.
“As part of the Northern Ontario film sector, we work closely with colleagues across the North and we often exchange information about what the industry is up to and how to support it. We were made aware of the issues in North Bay,” Armstrong said.
“We’ve been in touch with film productions and risk management staff to take a closer look at the product, how it’s used, concentration levels, where it’s used and how it’s cleaned up.”
Armstrong said she doesn’t foresee an outright ban, but the conversation is ongoing.
She said there are a few potential productions that may need fake snow.
“We’re proceeding and working with them. There’s no ban right now, but we’re asking productions to include all the materials they’ll use as part of their application for their film permit,” Armstrong said.
“We blew up a car for a Netflix production so we managed that one.”
Armstrong said it’s ironic to be talking about the need for fake snow in Northern Ontario.
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Shelley Ahmed, communications adviser for the City of Greater Sudbury, didn’t know how many films shot in Sudbury used the Phos-chek foam, but confirmed the city hasn’t received any complaints about the product.
North bay stated in a previous interview that no film permits have been withdrawn as a result of the ban.
Some people, including those working in the industry, have suggested the foam product isn’t a danger, especially when diluted from concentrate.
A petition calling on the city to reverse the ban is being circulated.