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?
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
Air Pollution: what's really there?
industries already subject to Regulation 419 have found it to be much more difficult and expensive than they expected.Continue reading the post titled Air Pollution: what's really there?
When a tree falls…
Yesterday’s crash of a heritage tree in High Park is another reminder of our need to pay more attention to the law regarding trees. Climate change greatly increases the importance of having trees in urban areas, for shade, to protect water, to provide wildlife and bird habitat and to k…Continue reading the post titled When a tree falls…
Light pollution and human health
Light pollution can disrupt melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate circadian rhythm and may be important in preventing cancers.Continue reading the post titled Light pollution and human health
Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
Ontario has joined the Western Climate Initiative, North America’s largest green partnership, just in time for its third major Stakeholder Workshop. Most Canadian provinces are now Partners or Observers in the WCI, with the notable exceptions of Alberta and the Atlantic provinces. In f…Continue reading the post titled Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative