February 2013 Bulletin

Welcome to CELA’s February 2013 Bulletin

Do early exposures to pollutants lead to chronic disease?
Don’t forget to sign up for our third webinar on March 6 addressing the policy implications of the evidence linking toxic exposure to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Download our first PowerPoint presentation about the Scoping Review and our second presentation on Focus on Endocrine Disruptors and Obesogens. All three presentations accompanied by the audio will be posted online shortly after the third webinar.

Green Budget Coalition recommendations
The Green Budget Coalition (GBC) is comprised of 16 leading Canadian environmental and conservation organizations, which collectively represent over 600,000 Canadians. With the upcoming 2013 federal budget on its way, the GBC released its list of several important recommendations to protect and strengthen Canada’s environment, such as:

  • Subsidy Reform in the Extractive Industries
  • National Conservation Plan: Securing Canada’s Natural Advantage for Future Generations
  • Strengthening Canada’s Environmental Law and Science Capacity
  • Green Infrastructure in First Nations Communities.

Download the GBC’s 2013 recommendations and learn how the federal government can make Canada’s environmental laws fairer and more sustainable.

Know Nuclear Waste webinars
In collaboration with Know Nuclear Waste, a public interest information project, CELA participated in a series of weekly online public workshops from Canada’s leading law firms to raise awareness about Canada's nuclear waste. The webinars will run until March 1. The weekly workshops provide an introduction to nuclear waste in Canada, an overview of how nuclear facilities are regulated, a outline of proposals for the deep burial of nuclear waste, and an international comparison of different approaches to assessing nuclear waste burial proposals.

Policies from the Field webinar series
This past month, Sustain Ontario launched its "Policies from the Field" webinar mini-conference. The online presentations featured six working papers that examined food policies in North America, Europe, and Australia and how they might be applied to Ontario. Two CELA representatives, Kyra Bell-Pasht and Burgandy Dunn, were among the presenters discussing their research that ranged from food councils and local food procurement to land-use planning policies.

Low-income energy network newsletter
Our friends at the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) recently posted their latest bulletin. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in finding solutions to Ontario's energy poverty.