Credit crunch and brownfields
The spreading credit crisis will inevitably have a significant impact on brownfields redevelopment in Canada. Softer real estate markets and lower industrial profits reduce the potential economic value of contaminated sites. Tougher credit and higher borrowing costs restrict the availability…Continue reading the post titled Credit crunch and brownfields
Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
Franke James eventually got Toronto's first permit for a "green" driveway.Continue reading the post titled Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
How dangerous is BPA?
This is the first good evidence that BPA may be toxic to adults, not just babies.Continue reading the post titled How dangerous is BPA?
PCB Phase Out Now
The Federal Government has adopted new PCB Regulations, SOR/2008-273 to end the use and storage of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).Continue reading the post titled PCB Phase Out Now
New reasons for Toxics Reduction
Ontario’s proposed Toxics Reductions Law gained urgency this week with the distribution of new research on human health impacts of common chemicals. Bisphenol A, widely used in plastic bottles and other food containers, has now been linked with adult cardiac problems. And body loads of…Continue reading the post titled New reasons for Toxics Reduction
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?