Self-incrimination when they make you talk
The police cannot force someone to talk and then use the answers against them; can environmental regulators do so? The courts have always allowed them to, but now the rules are changing.Continue reading the post titled Self-incrimination when they make you talk
We want to wish a sweet and happy Jewish new year (Rosh Hashana) to all our friends and colleagues. May the year to come be full of blessings, including something useful to do, interesting people to do it with, and enough progress to keep hope and enthusiasm alive. Shana tova tiketavu!Continue reading the post titled Shana tova
Party platforms on environmental issues
I hope that environmental issues matter when you decide how to vote. Here is an impartial analysis of all the major Ontario parties’ positions on key environmental issues, to help you prepare for the provincial election on October 6.Continue reading the post titled Party platforms on environmental issues
Environment Canada: more cuts, less science?
Sometimes, it feels like the 1990s again. In both Canada and the US, budget shortfalls and political preferences are resulting in significant cuts to environmental scientists and regulators. For example, Environment Canada has announced that its current round of cuts will eliminate approxima…Continue reading the post titled Environment Canada: more cuts, less science?
Two British Columbia cases show again why we need laws to prevent Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs).Continue reading the post titled Unsuccessful SLAPPs
Consumer products banned for lead- in the US
The US is far more active than Canada in detecting lead in consumer products, and in requiring that they be withdrawn from the market. The Centers for Disease Control post a fascinating list of high lead consumer products, many of them marketed for children, which can no longer be sold in th…Continue reading the post titled Consumer products banned for lead- in the US
Polluter must pay for cleanup, twice
It’s not safe for a polluter to trust a subsequent owner to clean up contamination, even if the polluter has specifically paid for the cleanup, and even if the new owner signs a contract relieving the original polluter of liability. None of this will prevent environmental regulators from ord…Continue reading the post titled Polluter must pay for cleanup, twice
Save caribou, kill wolves?
On August 26, the Federal Government released its proposed Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy under the Endangered Species Act. The foremost threats to caribou are habitat alteration (including loss, degradation and fragmentation) from human activities, and predation, mostly by wolves. In th…Continue reading the post titled Save caribou, kill wolves?
If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil extracted from Northern Alberta’s oil sands to refineries and markets in the United States. Vocal opponents of the project hope to convince President Obama not to approve the project, but their chances seem poor. The Canadian portion of t…Continue reading the post titled Keystone pipeline
Odour control tax credit
I was delighted to learn about Manitoba’s Odour Control Tax Credit, even if it is about to expire.Continue reading the post titled Odour control tax credit