Sud­bury halts use of fake snow

Ban in North Bay ‘trig­gered’ the con­ver­sa­tion

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mccharles

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.

The Weather Net­work is call­ing for 10 cen­time­tres of snow tonight

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.

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