BP Spill- Never again?
The US National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling reviews, in painstaking detail, the pervasive arrogance, stupidity, and greed that led to the Gulf explosion and spill last spring. They recognize that future spills, such as in the Arctic, could do even …Continue reading the post titled BP Spill- Never again?
Lots of regulations
The Ontario government is busy pushing out regulations, and seeking comments on new ones. Current consultations include:Continue reading the post titled Lots of regulations
End of slow death by rubber duck?
In 2009, we blogged about plastics that contain (and release) phthalates, plasticizers used in the manufacture of soft vinyl used in many products (https://www.siskinds.com/slow-death-by-rubber-duck/). New Phthalates Regulations under the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) were registered on Decem…Continue reading the post titled End of slow death by rubber duck?
Risk Management for Mercury?
In 2003, the United Nations Environment Program published a Global Mercury Assessment Report, confirming (if there was any doubt) that mercury is highly toxic, causing significant health and environmental impacts around the world. So why haven’t we done more? I am always sad when I see child…Continue reading the post titled Risk Management for Mercury?
Infrastructure, migration and food
I’ve been meaning to note my agreement with the Economist lead article on learning to live with climate change. As a world population, we had an opportunity to prevent the worst of the impacts of climate change. Since we threw that opportunity away, we must now learn to live with the c…Continue reading the post titled Infrastructure, migration and food
Who pays for basement flooding?
It will likely be increasingly difficult for home and business owners to find anyone willing to pay for basement flooding. According to the insurers’ Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, “basement flooding is one of the biggest challenges facing homeowners, municipal governments…Continue reading the post titled Who pays for basement flooding?
US toxics overhaul
Most modern toxic substances control laws are based on the 1976 US Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. §2601 et seq. (TSCA). It provides the US Environmental Protection Agency with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to cert…Continue reading the post titled US toxics overhaul
Congratulations to Peter Kent
We want to send our congratulations, best wishes and some sympathy to the Hon. Peter Kent, Canada’s new Minister of the Environment. We do agree with Jeffrey Simpson: Minister Kent has an extremely difficult job, given his leader’s staunch opposition to effective action on the m…Continue reading the post titled Congratulations to Peter Kent
Proposed law to ban organic waste from landfills
Former environment minister Norm Sterling has introduced a private member’s Bill to ban organic waste from landfills. The Bill would amend the Environmental Protection Act. Most private members’ Bills die on the order paper, but some make it through and become law, with the suppo…Continue reading the post titled Proposed law to ban organic waste from landfills
Our wind turbine, on film!
As part of Photosensitive, Anne-Marie Jackson made a great short film about the Windshare turbine at the Exhibition, which helped to pave the way for the Green Energy Act and Ontario’s whole renewable energy strategy. It’s only 3 minutes long. Enjoy.Continue reading the post titled Our wind turbine, on film!