Staff Blog

Fish, Pollution, and The Rule of Law

In Canada, all persons are duty-bound to comply with the laws of the land. No one is above the law, and the “mistake of law” defence has long been rejected by Canadian courts when people are charged with contravening legal prohibitions.

Ontario's EBR Turns 20: Time for Change

A number of key milestones will occur in 2014, including: the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One; the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal chemical disaster in India; and the 10th anniversary of the launch of Facebook.

2014 will also mark the 20th anniversary of the date (February 1994) when Ontario’s ground-breaking Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) was proclaimed into force.

A Tale of Two Regulatory Approaches: European Commission Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides Goes into Effect While in Canada Their Sale and Use Continues

An interesting experiment in contrasting approaches to pesticide regulation is now taking place in Canada and Europe. The European Commission two-year ban on the sale and use, with some limited exceptions, of neonicotinoid pesticides in European Union countries went into effect on December 1, 2013.

The Legal and Regulatory Implications of IARC Classifying Outdoor Air Pollution and Particulate Matter as Carcinogenic to Humans

On October 17, 2013, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the World Health Organization, announced that it has classified outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), following a thorough review of the available scientific

How to say "no" to unsuitable landfill sites in Ontario

In Ontario, no person is allowed to establish, operate or expand a waste disposal site (i.e. landfill) unless an Environmental Compliance Approval has been issued under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

New Nuclear Power Not Needed in Ontario – CELA and Ontario`s Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli Are in Agreement

On the morning of Thursday, October 10, 2013, I found on the front step our copy of the Globe and Mail with the headline, ``Ontario backs away from new nuclear plants: Fresh blow to industry looms, with sources saying province will not spend $10-billion on two reactors.``After I tweeted this story by Adam R

The hard won struggle for Community right-to-know: Toronto’s story

For forty years CEHE partner organization the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has worked to “protect human health and our environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution and by working to change policies to prevent such problems in the first place” (www.cela.ca). Here Sarah Miller follows the thirty year process that led to a legal breakthrough in the field of environmental health in Toronto.

The Long and Winding Road to Zero Waste

When I first joined CELA in the mid-1980s, an intense public policy debate was well underway in Ontario on what to do with the ever-increasing amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) being generated within the province.However, much of this debate tended to focus on how and where Toronto and other communities should dispose of MSW, rather than on how to prevent countless tonnes of waste from being created in the first place.

Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program – Carbon Tax

In my previous post, “Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program – Road Transportation”, I touched on how the Provincial government’s failure to address road transportation in its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program meant that it was ignoring the source of almost a third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

CEAA 1992: In Memoriam

On the first anniversary of its untimely demise on July 6, 2012, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 1992 (CEAA 1992) is being remembered by environmentalists as an important attempt to impose legally binding environmental assessment (EA) obligations upon federal decision-makers across Canada.

Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program – Road Transportation

On Venus, you can cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds just by holding it out to the air.(1) As the hottest planet in our solar system, Venus is a steady 460°C day or night and owes its prodigious temperature to an atmosphere made up almost entirely of carbon dioxide (96%); The result of a runaway greenhouse effect.