Staff Blog

Encouraging radon policy advocacy in the child care sector

As you might expect, child care professionals have busy schedules and a lot of important safety rules to follow. Not included in this work is radon safety but it can and should be. We are encouraging child care professionals to advocate for updating child care licensing rules to require radon testing and mitigation in child care facilities.

Greater investments are needed to protect the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance calls on the governments of Canada and the United States to ensure federal funding for freshwater protection and restoration of the Great Lakes – St Lawrence River Basin recognizes the region’s importance.

Science Under Siege at the Commons Agriculture Committee

Pesticide companies are miffed with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for doing its job. The agency recently completed a scientific review of the pesticide Imidacloprid. This pesticide is one of the heavily used neonicotinoid pesticides implicated in the decline of bees and other pollinators. Looking beyond pollinators, the recent PMRA review found this chemical to be an unacceptable risk to aquatic ecosystems.

Guest Blog: Ontario’s big secret – the real cause of rising electricity rates

Since 2002 Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) price of nuclear power has risen by 60%. And to add insult to injury OPG is now seeking a 180% price increase to pay for the continued operation of its high-cost Pickering Nuclear Station and the re-building of Darlington’s aging reactors.

MPs Vote to Continue Marathon Talkfest as “Strategy” for Disposal of Mercury in CFLs

When I was about seven years old I recall my mother getting very upset upon breaking a thermometer. On her knees and chasing shiny globules of mercury across the kitchen floor, she told me it was poison. Suitably impressed I did not forget. But, she put it in the trash unknowingly allowing the release of mercury vapour into our home until garbage day.

Trash Talk: The Provincial Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario

In 2016, the Ontario Legislature enacted the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. The overall intent of the Act is to divert more waste materials from disposal, and to ensure that diverted materials are reintegrated into the economy in order to reduce the use of raw resources.

Guest Blog: Phase-in of Ontario's neonic regulation hits new milestone

First report on neonic-treated seed sales measures widespread use

Looking for information about Canadian pesticide use and sales is frustrating. But in a leap forward for transparency, Ontario has published its first report on sales of corn and soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics"), as required by the recently-amended provincial pesticide regulation.

Ontario’s Coal Plant Phase-out Produced Many Health and Environmental Benefits

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Source Water Protection 2.0: Strengthening Ontario’s Drinking Water Safety Net

In May 2000, seven people died, and thousands of people fell seriously ill, after bacteriological contamination of a municipal well that supplied drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario.

Sunny Ways for EAs? The 2017 Forecast for Federal Law Reform

In mid-2016, the Government of Canada established a four-member Expert Panel to undertake cross-country consultations and to provide recommendations on how to fix the broken federal environmental assessment (EA) process.

CELA Applauds Report by Ontario’s Auditor General On EA Reform

Ontario’s Auditor General has recently released her 2016 report, which deals with climate change, environmental approvals reform, and other key challenges facing the provincial government.

Challenging all MPs whose ridings have high radon levels – support a radon tax credit!

Over 600,000 homes across Canada are estimated to have above-guideline radon levels. That’s a lot of houses where lung cancer risk is elevated. It turns out many of those homes are in the ridings of 93 Members of Parliament with sixteen of those ridings of particular concern. But the elevated risk is nation-wide.

Guest Blog: Too much power? Then why keep Pickering running?

Citing a surplus of power, the Wynne government pulled the plug Tuesday on its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process for acquiring wind and solar power at highly competitive prices.

But what the Minister of Energy didn’t mention was that the reason we have a glut of power is the government’s insistence on keeping high-cost nuclear plants running despite plenty of better options.

Time to Get Serious about EA Reform in Ontario

While the Government of Canada’s review of federal environmental assessment (EA) legislation is well underway, the Ontario government has not announced or commenced a comprehensive public review of its own problematic EA regime.

Ontario Should Commit to Spending Cap and Trade Revenue on Low-income Ontarians

CELA challenges Ontario to follow California's example and legislate that 35% of cap and trade revenue be invested in low-income and vulnerable communities.

Federal EA Reform at the Cross-Roads

In recent weeks, the Government of Canada has ramped up the long-awaited public review of federal environmental assessment (EA) processes.

Destabilizing Tenancy Rights Is Not the Solution to Ontario’s Housing Shortage

This article was first published on Huffington Post and has been reposted with the author’s permission. For more information on CELA's involvement in this issue, please visit our RentSafe page.

LEDs vs CFLs - Missed Opportunity by Hydro One to Limit Mercury Exposure

As a Hydro One customer, last week I received a snappy little brochure with my electric bill extolling the virtues of LEDs. Light it Right – Your whole-home guide to LED bulbs is a great source of information. Going room by room I learned about lumens vs watts and how to tailor and optimize my choices from the wide range of highly energy efficient LED lighting options available.

Ontario’s Review of the EBR: Why it Matters to You

                                                                                                             

Canada's main environmental law isn't working

Originally published in The Toronto Star, July 29, 2016

Emissions of some of the most harmful chemicals are on the rise in Canada. We need to update the federal law that’s supposed to curb them.

For the first time in a decade a committee of Parliament is examining how the nation’s primary environmental law, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), is working. What we are learning about CEPA is not good news.