Why I'm supporting the Green Shift
The basic concept of the Green Shift is simple: we should tax income less, and pollution more. And the great advantage for consumers is this: for most of us, it’s much less painful to reduce pollution (and thus tax) than it is to reduce income.Continue reading the post titled Why I'm supporting the Green Shift
Carbon Management Centre
It’s great to see that, after years of apparent indifference, Alberta is developing a strong interest in climate change. Water shortages are getting attention. The oil sector has just wrapped up its third international consultation on greening the oil sands. And the University of Calga…Continue reading the post titled Carbon Management Centre
A surprisingly large portion of our practice consists of civil suits against environmental consultants for negligence relating to contaminated sites. We are currently a week into discoveries of such a case. A major consulting firm won a large remediation contract by representing that they ha…Continue reading the post titled Engineer's Negligence
New Toxics Reduction Law Closer
The Ministry of the Environment has released a discussion paper outlining its proposed Toxics Reduction Law, as promised in last year’s Throne Speech. The paper was developed by an expert panel, headed by noted environmental chemist, Miriam Diamond. They propose that the new statute …Continue reading the post titled New Toxics Reduction Law Closer
Duty to Regulate Hazardous Substances?
A BC woman has failed in her attempt to sue the federal and provincial governments for allowing mercury amalgam dental fillings to be used in Canada. Zsuzsanna Holland alleges that mercury from her 17 fillings (installed in 1982) has poisoned her and her children, ruining their lives. Mercur…Continue reading the post titled Duty to Regulate Hazardous Substances?
More Grief for MOE on Standards
Ministry of the Environment has a very bad year defending its environmental standards.Continue reading the post titled More Grief for MOE on Standards
US Congress demands safer children's toys
The United States Senate and House of Representatives have passed a sweeping new statute, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The Act, which the president cannot veto and will come into effect in six months, slashes the permissible level of lead in children’s products …Continue reading the post titled US Congress demands safer children's toys
Many problems still fall through the cracks.Continue reading the post titled Uneven enforcement
Hurrah for the bottle ban!
With any luck, bottled water will fall from fashion as quickly and as thoroughly as cigarettes did.Continue reading the post titled Hurrah for the bottle ban!
Sunrise Propane: is it the regulators' fault?
Until now, there has been no evidence as to whether the TSSA is any more or less effective in protecting public safety than the government departments it replacedContinue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane: is it the regulators' fault?
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