Perc in your dry cleaned sweater?
Perchloroethylene (also called tetrachloroethylene, PCE or PERC) is a common dry cleaning solvent. It is also used in textile processing and degreasing. Exposure to this chemical is associated with a host of adverse effects. So we were struck by a recent study that shows PERC residues buildi…Continue reading the post titled Perc in your dry cleaned sweater?
Orgaworld wins organic waste odour appeal
Orgaworld Canada, a composting company, has won a hard-fought appeal for permission to compost disputed wastes at its Ottawa facility, despite MOE fears about potential odours. The disputed wastes include pet faeces, urine, and organic waste in plastic bags. In rejecting the Ministry of the …Continue reading the post titled Orgaworld wins organic waste odour appeal
Will Midland really put a waste site facing Ste Marie?
Opposition is growing to a proposal, by the Town of Midland and a waste/ scrap handling company called Recycling Specialties, to put a waste transfer and processing site (with outdoor storage) on a vacant lot facing the most sensitive and sacred parts of Sainte Marie among the Hurons and the…Continue reading the post titled Will Midland really put a waste site facing Ste Marie?
Speech from the Throne
Environmental issues were not top of mind in yesterday’s Speech from the Throne by Ontario’s minority government. In fact, the word “environment” is mentioned only once:Continue reading the post titled Speech from the Throne
Stormwater: You pave, you pay
The more you pave, the more you payContinue reading the post titled Stormwater: You pave, you pay
Thinking about the Occupy question
I agree that municipalities should be permitted to enforce their “no camping” bylaws in city parks. But I also agree with the Occupiers that undue social inequalities are harmful, for the environment and for society as a whole. Richard Wilkinson has done some excellent research o…Continue reading the post titled Thinking about the Occupy question
NRTEE releases new report on sustainable water use
In Changing Currents: Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada’s Natural Resources Sector, the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) concluded that Canada’s structures for management and governance of water resources weren’t equipped for what the report called a…Continue reading the post titled NRTEE releases new report on sustainable water use
Compliance in reporting
Here are Dianne’s presentation slides on Compliance and reporting Nov 15 11 from this week’s Envirogate conference, Environmental Compliance Essentials. Bottom line: due diligence in environmental reporting has the same basic structure as any other due diligence program: identify…Continue reading the post titled Compliance in reporting
Cycling, accidents, and responsibility
A great deal of responsibility is placed on cyclists to watch out for their own safety. Under the Highway Traffic Act, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights and responsibilities as other road users and the driver of a bicycle must be as conscientious as the driver of a car. The Courts...Continue reading the post titled Cycling, accidents, and responsibility
Congratulations to the Hamilton Spectator
Congratulations to the Hamilton Spectator for their investigative journalism on hazardous waste and contaminated sites: Toxic Past and Present. Why are there so many abandoned contaminated sites?Continue reading the post titled Congratulations to the Hamilton Spectator