50 years of mercury pollution: Grassy Narrows
Fifty years ago last month, in March 1962, Dryden Chemicals began dumping an estimated 10 metric tonnes of mercury into the Wabigoon River, contaminating the fish which formed the subsistence and economy of three Indigenous communities Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows), Wabaseemoong (Wh…View the post titled 50 years of mercury pollution: Grassy Narrows
Residents get leave to appeal landfill closure
Where evidence indicates that the landfill may be causing contamination, a precautionary approach requires that the harm be presumed to be occurring unless and until there is concrete evidence that it is not. In situations where scientific uncertainty exists as to whether an activity is …View the post titled Residents get leave to appeal landfill closure
More MOE cuts from Ontario Budget
The Ministry of the Environment will make some more changes, as announced in the Addendum to last week’s provincial budget. Drive Clean will be spun out to a fee-based Delegated Administrative Authority. The bridge financing for household hazardous waste disposal that hastily plugged t…View the post titled More MOE cuts from Ontario Budget
Provincial budget: environmental fees going up more
Here are some excerpts from last week’s Ontario provincial budget, promising further increases in fees relating to the environment. Contaminated sites fees, water taking charges, fees for environmental compliance approvals and for hazardous waste will all go up by almost $10 million. T…View the post titled Provincial budget: environmental fees going up more
Wind Controversy Research Report
the considerable volume of independent research that exists demonstrates that the arguments made in favour of wind are considerably more supported than those against it.View the post titled Wind Controversy Research Report
Attacks escalating on environmental charities
Just as the Federal Budget spends $8 million to increase the burdens on charities to prove that they are staying away from political activities, the oil industry is trying to get Environmental Defence’s charitable registration revoked. The lobby group that calls itself Ethical Oil has …View the post titled Attacks escalating on environmental charities
Mine or hauler: Who's responsible for Waste PCB Oil?
In Enviro West Inc. v. Copper Mountain Mining Corp. a waste hauler was hired to remove waste oil from a transformer at a mine. Despite several oral and written warnings, the hauler didn’t realize the oil was heavily contaminated with PCBs. As a result, the hauler mixed the PCBs with ot…View the post titled Mine or hauler: Who's responsible for Waste PCB Oil?
Feed in Tariff update for renewable energy
Wind and Solar Tariffs Reduced New Emphasis on Community Power–10% of Capacity Set Aside Substantial Increase in Inflation Adjustment for Biomass and Biogas Program Moves to Annual Review Possible New Renewable Targets No Word on Connection Barriers and Inclusion of New Technologies Pa…View the post titled Feed in Tariff update for renewable energy
Young Global Leader
Rebecca Saxe, an associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, has been named one of the World Economic Forum‘s Young Global Leaders for 2012.View the post titled Young Global Leader
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