Who pays when polluters can’t?
In theory, Canadians are pretty comfortable with the polluter pay principle, at least when it applies to other people. (We do not seem to feel the same way about carbon taxes.) In theory, the polluter-pay principle ensures that polluters, rather than the public or the immediate victims of po…Continue reading the post titled Who pays when polluters can’t?
A new Northwest Territories Wildlife Act worth learning about
In honour of National Indigenous People’s Day, here’s a quick look at the Northwest Territories’ proposed innovative Wildlife Act, developed jointly with First Nations communities and governments. Wildlife management in the North is inextricably tied to aboriginal rights an…Continue reading the post titled A new Northwest Territories Wildlife Act worth learning about
Government’s Giant Mine remediation plan would leave site hazardous
Review Board agrees: the proposed Giant Mine Remediation Project IS likely to cause significant cumulative adverse impacts. It needs expensive changes.Continue reading the post titled Government’s Giant Mine remediation plan would leave site hazardous
How many more people will pack into the Golden Horseshoe?
Ontario has adopted the latest update of its Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan, from now until 2041. The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of the fastest growing regions in North America. By 2031, the population of this area is forecast to grow by an additional 3.7 million (from 2001) to 11…Continue reading the post titled How many more people will pack into the Golden Horseshoe?
More on that rare tree victory
Mature trees add beauty and character to any neighbourhood, while providing shade in the summer, wildlife habitat and cleaner air. As climate change makes our summers more sweltering, trees are becoming more important than ever. Considering how important trees are to our physical and mental …Continue reading the post titled More on that rare tree victory
Endangered Species Act: permit by rule going ahead
If the activities are well chosen and the rules are well designed, a registration/permit by rule system makes routine permits faster, more predictable and more uniform, without reducing species protection.Continue reading the post titled Endangered Species Act: permit by rule going ahead
Oil Sands tailings pond management not meeting environmental targets
The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board has released its 2012 Tailings Management Assessment Report, Oil Sands Mining Industry. It concludes: 6 Conclusions Industry performance over the 2010/2012 reporting period has not met the original expectations of Directive 074. However, the ER…Continue reading the post titled Oil Sands tailings pond management not meeting environmental targets
Household chemical exposure warning for pregnant women
The United Kingdom’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released a position paper, recommending that pregnant women be advised about potential risks from daily life chemical exposures, including personal care and household chemicals. The paper, Chemical Exposures Dur…Continue reading the post titled Household chemical exposure warning for pregnant women
Northern Gateway pipeline doomed by BC and aboriginal opposition?
For an interesting take on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, and the likely impact of the British Columbia government’s public rejection of the proposal, check out the excellent US environmental news program, Living on Earth. Like many other observers, Living on Earth concludes t…Continue reading the post titled Northern Gateway pipeline doomed by BC and aboriginal opposition?
Bill 91, New Waste Reduction Act
Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley has introduced Bill 91, a proposed Waste Reduction Act, 2013. The new Act is intended to kickstart further waste diversion, especially in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors, where waste diversion rates remain low. It will also requir…Continue reading the post titled Bill 91, New Waste Reduction Act