Torontonians, you have new rights to know more about your environment

Learn about how ChemTRAC can improve the health of your community and help you take steps toward cancer prevention

May 14 2013

The Environmental and Occupational Working Group of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition is pleased to share resources we have developed for Toronto communities to take advantage of our unique access to information created by the City of Toronto Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw. 

The ChemTRAC data base resulting from the by-law has begun to generate new information on 25 of the most health threatening substances found in Toronto’s air. For the first time in Canada, not only large polluters, but small and medium sized facilities have to report their use of these substances. 

However reporting should not be the only outcome. It will be up to the public to insist that there be careful consideration to move beyond reporting to reduction and prevention of this pollution and the improvements of health that will follow. Workers in and neighbours of these facilities will benefit. Our whole City will benefit from improved liveability and will continue its leadership in the greening of our local enterprises. This bylaw took decades to secure. Experience of others who have had such bylaws in the US has shown huge gains in reducing waste generation, toxic use and liability, new customer and product confidence, good neighbour programs, and increased profits. Help us give this bylaw wings in Toronto and encourage other municipalities to secure similar bylaws.

You can find these resources on using the bylaw on the Working Group member websites of the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and the Toronto Environment Alliance

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