Landmark court decision strikes down the federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s controversial pipeline project. Continue reading Court ruling shuts door on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline
Organizations from across Canada urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to halt construction of BC’s Site C dam. Continue reading Federal Government faces growing calls to halt the Site C dam
Environmental groups call on federal politicians to come together across party lines in support of environmental rights. Continue reading Federal environmental bill of rights tabled on eve of Human Rights Day
False representations from well-funded climate change deniers mislead Canadians and violate the Competition Act. Continue reading Leading Canadians call for investigation of climate change denier groups
Public interest groups appeal to highest court in Canada to overturn damaging precedent for major project reviews. Continue reading Supreme Court of Canada asked to weigh in on environmental assessments
Conservation leaders from the IUCN, Y2Y and other groups make the case for improving World Heritage sites. Continue reading Conservationists urge new wilderness protections through World Heritage Sites
Join Ecojustice, CELA and the Sustainability Network for a one-day training session on legal tools available to environmental non-profits that will help them protect air, water, land and human health. Continue reading Training session with Sustainability Network, Ecojustice and CELA
Canadians are less able to protect our water, air and land because of changes to environmental law outlined in Canada’s recent federal budget. Continue reading Canadians have no say in environmental laws
The laws of physics tell us we can’t build a rocket that will travel faster than the speed of light, that gravity governs objects on Earth, and that perpetual motion…Globalization does not encourage the highest standards for workers, communities, or ecosystems. Instead, corporations often go for the lowest standards of medical care, wages, and environmental regulations because it’s all about maximizing profit. Continue reading Occupy movement demands fresh thinking — for our grandchildren – Science Matters
Considering our vast cultural and political differences, is it really possible to collectively solve the world’s social, economic and environmental problems? And more importantly, if so, how do we formalize our commitments to change without an overarching global government? The highly recommended Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey is a bold attempt to answer these questions by emphasizing the value of international co-ordination in tackling the most pressing and challenging issues of the 21st century. Click through for our full review… Continue reading Global Governance and the UN
The Raw Milk Revolution, by David E. Gumpert, would more accurately be entitled “Milk Wars.” Any attempt to sell raw milk creates a froth of such proportions that we must conclude that it is symptomatic of something bigger.
The war is all about politics and ideology – about food control and food beliefs. So when battle lines are outwardly drawn around issues of food safety and the right of citizens to choose the food they want, it takes Gumpert’s sharp journalistic skills to uncover what risks to profits and livelihoods could lie beneath….[Click here to read more!] Continue reading The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights
Defending the Environment: Civil Society Strategies to Enforce International Environmental Law
Linda A. Malone and Scott Pasternack
Washington, DC: Island Press
2006, 359 pages.
An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada is the perfect book for university or even high-school students who want to understand the basic language of environmental debate. From an outline of environmental protection regimes to endangered species issues and environmental assessment, this text covers a diverse range of themes, and is marked by clear writing and effective explanations.
Quite literally, this text has something for everyone: Aboriginal jurisdiction, the making of laws, international law, and law enforcement in particular problem areas such as nuclear energy, mining, fisheries and watershed… [Click here to read more!] Continue reading An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada and Defending the Environment: Civil Society Strategies to Enforce International Environmental Law
In Silence of the Songbirds, Bridget Stutchbury, a biology professor at York University, writes clearly and expressively about the dramatic declines of many songbirds. In her words, “By some estimates, we may have already lost almost half of the songbirds that filled the skies only forty years ago.” Continue reading Silence of the Songbirds: How We Are Losing the World’s Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them and Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators
The book uses the example of a bee colony to explain the idea of the city as a complex adaptive system. The “co- intelligence” of the hive sustains the colony, while also adding value to the fields and orchards through pollination. Although it is interesting, the beehive- city analogy wears thin with repetition and becomes tiresome over the course of the book. Continue reading Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities and Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive
Food in Canada has never been cheaper: only 10 per cent of our income is now spent in the grocery store, half of what this number was 40 years ago. Yet for most Canadians, decisions about what to eat have become a matter of high anxiety. Continue reading Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food is Making Us Sick
So there you have it – a diverse, sometimes contradictory, but readable series of essays purporting to answer the question of how oil depletion and climate change will define the future. Continue reading Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future
ased on his analysis of dozens of studies, reports and personal accounts, Smith reveals shocking instances when governments and corporations misled, lied and covered up evidence about the health and safety risks of GM foods. These deceptions allowed the products to be fast-tracked to the market, thereby externalizing the costs of this infant science. Continue reading Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods and Genetically Modified Diplomacy: The Global Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment
The tone of May’s warning will make staid Canadians who have faith in the tenets of peace, order and good governance mighty uncomfortable. Described as they are in quick succession from this slim text in May’s energetic prose, the threats to our political process are disturbing. Continue reading Losing Confidence: Power, Politics, and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy