Speaking for whales
Social media has helped to beat back efforts by pro-whaling countries, like Japan and Norway, to legalize commercial whale hunting. At the International Whaling Commission meeting held in Morocco in June, web campaigner Avaaz.org, delivered to Australian environment minister Peter Garrett, a…Continue reading the post titled Speaking for whales
Hanna lawsuit against wind turbines grinding on
Procedural skirmishing is underway in the Hanna lawsuit against Ontario wind turbines.Continue reading the post titled Hanna lawsuit against wind turbines grinding on
Why is FOI so hard?
In 2009, of the 10,240 general information requests received by provincial government organizations, the Ministry of the Environment received 4944, the most of any provincial institution.Continue reading the post titled Why is FOI so hard?
Municipality can protect shoreline
Quebec City has successfully defended a bylaw requiring private property owners to naturalize the shoreline of its water supply. The St. Charles River, which flows into the lake of the same name, provides over half the potable water used by Quebec City. A study revealed that the banks of th…Continue reading the post titled Municipality can protect shoreline
Berendsen going to SCC
I think I forgot to mention it: The Supreme Court of Canada granted Berendsen leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of his lawsuit against the province for the contamination of his land. The case has now dragged on for more than 20 years…Continue reading the post titled Berendsen going to SCC
Skytruth: a great site
Skytruth.org is a great site for seeing what is really happening in big environmental problems, like the BP oil spill, and fast-growing oil and gas production fields. They collect and publish up to date aerial photos. That’s another good thing about Google, the web and social media: it…Continue reading the post titled Skytruth: a great site
Old coal to improve, slowly….
Canada’s electricity sector is responsible for 17 percent of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most of that -13%- comes from 51 coal-burning electricity plants, along with mercury, particulates, NOx/ SOx and other health hazards. [i], [ii] Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice has …Continue reading the post titled Old coal to improve, slowly….
Bike tourism: We’re glad to help
One of the joyful things to do on a lovely spring, summer, or fall day is to cycle the beautiful areas around Toronto. We are proud to be sponsors, for the third year running, of Bikes and Transit. This great website has maps, GPS coordinates and encouragement for combining bicycles and publ…Continue reading the post titled Bike tourism: We’re glad to help
Water quality trading ebbs away again
Ever since the Newt Gingrich “Common Sense Revolution”, much ink has been spent on the alleged superiority of economic instruments over “command and control”. In theory, government cannot efficiently or effectively tell people what to do; instead, government should give people an economic …Continue reading the post titled Water quality trading ebbs away again
Hidden contamination: it wasn’t my tank!
Two Vancouver families have had an expensive nightmare due to an leaking underground storage tank.Continue reading the post titled Hidden contamination: it wasn’t my tank!