I am intrigued by the potential of a newish gadget to improve odour monitoring, including self-monitoring by regulated entities. The Nasal Ranger is a handheld “field olfactometer”, an alternative to conventional odour panels that can be used on the spot. The Ranger is designed for US…Continue reading the post titled Nasal Ranger
Judicial Criticism of Experts: so what?
Judges occasionally make harsh criticisms of the witnesses who appear before them. Sometimes those criticisms are justified; other times, everyone is just having a bad day. In these days of instant search, such a criticism could be recycled endlessly in subsequent cases, perhaps permanently …Continue reading the post titled Judicial Criticism of Experts: so what?
Darlington and Fukushima
As new explosions demolish ever more of the Fukushima nuclear reactors, and as radioactivity spreads in air, soil and ocean water, environmental assessment hearings continue into the planned expansion of the Darlington nuclear plant near Toronto. Scheduled presenters at the hearing today wil…Continue reading the post titled Darlington and Fukushima
US database on impacts of electric generation
How clean is each form of power?Continue reading the post titled US database on impacts of electric generation
Ontario Budget 2011
Steady as she goes: not much changed in yesterday’s provincial budget for the environment. Most of the budget is devoted to the many achievements resulting from past/ existing initiatives. The province is pressing ahead with its Clean Energy Plan, continuing its existing support for pu…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Budget 2011
Nuclear caps in today's Globe
Jeff Gray quotes me in today’s article in the Globe and Mail, on nuclear caps in Canada, US, and Japan. Now that a federal election has been called, Canada’s fourth attempt to raise its $75 million cap on nuclear incident liability has again failed to pass. The US cap is $1.2 billion.Continue reading the post titled Nuclear caps in today's Globe
Agent Orange: we knew, but did it anyway
As calls flood in to the Agent Orange hotline by people worried about their health, I came across a 1970-Press release by MPP Dr. Morton Shulman. Dr. Shulman, one of Canada’s early environmental campaigners, lambasted the provincial government for continuing to spray 2,4,5T up and down…Continue reading the post titled Agent Orange: we knew, but did it anyway
Heyes appeal: Subway construction a nuisance?
Is transit construction a nuisance? The British Columbia Court of Appeal has released its decision in Heyes v. Vancouver, now called Susan Heyes Inc. v. South Coast BC Transportation Authority. The court overturned a $600,000 judgment awarded to a local store owner, who was driven out of bus…Continue reading the post titled Heyes appeal: Subway construction a nuisance?
Pollution prohibition removed from Drainage Act
Ontario has revoked the old pollution prohibition in s. 83 of the Drainage Act, saying it had become redundant:Continue reading the post titled Pollution prohibition removed from Drainage Act
Nuclear Liability caps in the US?
Now that Canada is heading for another federal election, Bill C-15, the fourth attempt to update Canadian nuclear liability laws, will again die on the order paper. By now, it is generally accepted that our current $75 million is ridiculously low, but there is less consensus on how it shoul…Continue reading the post titled Nuclear Liability caps in the US?