Video on approvals reform
Thanks to Nimonik for posting a video interview of Dianne on the Ontario approvals reform legislation.Continue reading the post titled Video on approvals reform
Was BP evil or unlucky?
Did the Gulf oil spill occur because BP was negligent or unlucky? They may have been merely unlucky; the sorts of tradeoffs that they made are likely common in the oil industry. Still, it was inevitable, given the scale of the spill, that BP would be vilified and probably prosecuted. It is …Continue reading the post titled Was BP evil or unlucky?
Treaty on Mercury?
A global agreement to restrict the use of mercury may finally be on the way. The UN’s first intergovernmental Mercury Conference took place in Stockholm this month; the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has released a summary of the negotiations.Continue reading the post titled Treaty on Mercury?
Clean power or the Greenbelt?
Why sacrifice the Greenbelt for a private power plant? And why is municipal opposition being swept away? Are municipalities important and trustworthy partners on the environment? Only when it suits the province. The Municipal Act was revised a few years ago to give municipalities much greate…Continue reading the post titled Clean power or the Greenbelt?
Time to slap down SLAPPS?
Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are lawsuits that some organizations use to suppress or punish their opponents, including public interest groups that fight proposed developments.[i] These suits used to be rare in Canada, but are now an increasing concern.[ii] They c…Continue reading the post titled Time to slap down SLAPPS?
Does pollution breach human rights?
Is heavily polluting a community a breach of its human rights? The Inter American Commission on Human Rights has agreed to hear a precedent-setting case against the United States based on environmental racism in Cancer Alley, as a breach of human rights. Heavily polluting industries are ofte…Continue reading the post titled Does pollution breach human rights?
PCB in my fish oil?
Are fish oil supplements safe? The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation doesn’t think we know enough to tell. In March, the Foundation filed a lawsuit against fish oil supplement manufacturers, distributors and retailers, claiming that they fail to give clear warnings, required by Calif…Continue reading the post titled PCB in my fish oil?
Coal phase out when?
Ontario is having a hard time deciding which it wants more: clean power, or cheap power? As required by Ontario regulations, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will shut down all four of their remaining coal-fired thermal stations – Atikokan, Lambton, Nanticoke and Thunder Bay – by December 31, …Continue reading the post titled Coal phase out when?
Know how to safely dispose of surplus pharmaceuticals? Jackie has written an excellent article: Pharmawaste for the professional journal Pharmacy Practice, and has graciously shared it with us. The update is particularly timely, as Ontario will begin a new waste diversion program for pharmac…Continue reading the post titled Dumping drugs?
How toxic is your home?
A new environmental health guide for consumers is now available from Health Canada: Hazardcheck. The guide provides good, basic safety information about keeping a home safe, including how to read labels on household chemical products, and the importance of adequate ventilation.Continue reading the post titled How toxic is your home?