Toxic toys update
The US Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) and the Teamsters Office of Consumer Affairs released its report, the National Commission of Inquiry into Toxic Toys, on November 18. While this report relates to toys for sale in the US, consumers should be aware of these chemical …Continue reading the post titled Toxic toys update
Law Society rule change eases investigations
Ontario’s Law Society has changed the rules of professional conduct to make it easier for lawyers investigating a case to communicate with employees and agents of the other side. Rule 6.03 (9) used to prohibit lawyers from communicating with employees and agents of any organization who…Continue reading the post titled Law Society rule change eases investigations
Environment and Human Rights
The University of Ottawa continues to take a leadership role on matters of climate change. I was delighted to discover that their Human Rights Research and Education Centre is running a series of thought provoking lectures on human rights and environmental disruptions. Some of the lectures …Continue reading the post titled Environment and Human Rights
Endangered species: Ecojustice killer whale win
Congratulations to Ecojustice for its killer whale win. They successfully sued the federal government for its failure to protect the habitat of endangered species, killer whales in British Columbia. The 126 page judgment concludes that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has utterly faile…Continue reading the post titled Endangered species: Ecojustice killer whale win
Cancun and Wikileaks?
The Cancun negotiators declared victory and went home without accomplishing much. I agree with Thomas Friedman: US dependence on Middle Eastern oil is fundamental to its loss of power around the world. It is also a key factor in US’ unwillingness to lead on climate change. And if the w…Continue reading the post titled Cancun and Wikileaks?
Kent Breeze wind appeal update
Several appeals have now been launched to the Environmental Review Tribunal by opponents of the Kent Breeze wind farm, which recently received a renewable energy approval from the Ministry of the Environment. Last week, we wrote about the relatively modest appeal launched by Mr. Wachsmuth…Continue reading the post titled Kent Breeze wind appeal update
Who owns the clouds?
Who owns the water in the clouds? Climate change is expected to intensify competition for water resources of all kinds, including precipitation that can be created by cloud seeding. Colorado has regulated weather modification since 1963, declaring that water in the clouds above the status p…Continue reading the post titled Who owns the clouds?
Social media, pollution and enforcement
I think it is fascinating how environmental groups are using electronic media to name and shame polluters that governments have chosen not to rein in.Continue reading the post titled Social media, pollution and enforcement
Climate change and wilful ignorance
Israel is burning, in record heat and drought. The Hudson Bay polar bears are in trouble, and may lose all of this year’s cubs. 2010 is “almost certain” to be the third warmest year on record since 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The Arctic ice is …Continue reading the post titled Climate change and wilful ignorance
Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act passed
Bill 72 received Royal Assent this week. The new Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act is designed to: Promote better water technologies and practices; Create clean technology jobs Encourage conservation of Ontario water resources But not to promote privatization of water utilities.…Continue reading the post titled Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act passed