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
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?
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?
Green building materials: SM 01350
Some key elements of Section 01350 are procedures to ensure good indoor air quality to protect human health.Continue reading the post titled Green building materials: SM 01350
Nuclear Liability caps in Japan
Japan has nuclear liability caps much higher than those in Canada. Under the Law on Compensation for Nuclear Damage, plant operator liability is exclusive and absolute, and power plant operators must provide a ‘financial security amount’ of ¥120 billion ($1.2 billion), 16 times t…Continue reading the post titled Nuclear Liability caps in Japan
Children, toxins, energy and renovations
Are you thinking about renovating? As someone now living through a major renovation, I know that it is a big job. There are many complex factors to balance, to get the improvements you want, more or less on time and on budget, and preferably without too many surprises. The last thing you nee…Continue reading the post titled Children, toxins, energy and renovations
Nuclear Liability cap in Canada
As Japan battles to prevent nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency, anxious eyes are turning to nuclear safety in other countries. Canadian reactors boast a relatively safe design, but still require cooling, and are therefore vulnerab…Continue reading the post titled Nuclear Liability cap in Canada
Environmental appeals have to be done right
The Environmental Review Tribunal has reminded all potential appellants that they MUST correctly file their appeals, if they want their case to be heard. In Waterdown Gardens v MOE, a prolonged dispute between the Ministry and the company resulted in two separate orders suspending their cert…Continue reading the post titled Environmental appeals have to be done right