Environmental group takes Ontario diamond mine to court

With assistance from Ecojustice lawyers, Wildlands League takes mining giant De Beers to court over failures to report on methylmercury, a neurotoxin.

Public Forum on Toxic Substances

The Public Forum is the venue for the launch of Pollution Probe’s new Primer on Toxic Substances.  The Primer is the most recent publication in Pollution Probe’s series of educational primers intended to inform Canadians about current environmental issues. 

For more information please go to http://www.pollutionprobe.org or contact us at (416) 926-1907

Plastic Pollution in our Oceans

You have probably heard about the garbage patches that our in our oceans but may not know the exactly what it looks like. I however do. I have sailed through 2 of them. I remember being amazed at the sudden onslaught of garbage and wondered if a local fishing boat was dumping into the ocean. I…

Toxics bill ignores Ontario’s biggest reported water polluters

Toronto – Sewage treatments plants are the Top 10 Water Polluters in Ontario, and are the largest reported releasers of mercury and lead into the province’s lakes, streams, and rivers, according to an analysis released yesterday by Environmental Defence. The analysis comes as a legislative committee at Queen’s Park reviews the government’s proposed Toxics Reduction…

Ontario joins the movement to make lawns and gardens green

Here’s your weekly Science Matters column from the David Suzuki Foundation: March 19, 2009 – The discovery by Swiss chemist Paul Mueller in 1939 that DDT kills insect “pests” was hailed as a breakthrough. Dr. Mueller went on to win a Nobel Prize in 1948 for his work, and DDT became the most widely used…

Louisiana Pacific Seeks to Decommission Pollution Abatement Equipment

Comment: By Don Sullivan, Executive Director of the Boreal Forest Network Back in the 1990s when Louisiana Pacific (LP) wanted to construct a new Oriented Strand Board (OSB) plant near Swan River MB., citizens raised legitimate concerns about Louisiana Pacific’s past track record in the United States and the type and amount of toxic chemicals…

Chalk River Reactor Pollutes Ottawa River

Media release from Sierra Coalition Canada: January 29, 2009 – Environmental groups are calling for a public investigation including full disclosure of the details surrounding recent nuclear accidents at AECL’s Chalk River Labs. The Canadian Nuclear and Safety Commission (CNSC) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) failed to inform the public about a December…

Hazardous waste rules not enforced, auditor says

A “significant” amount of toxic and radioactive waste is likely being dumped illegally in Ontario because the province isn’t keeping a close enough watch on generators of hazardous waste, Ontario’s auditor general said today. Jim McCarter told The Canadian Press that 900 hazardous waste generators haven’t officially reported any dumping in three years, but ministry…

Cutting car emissions saves lives: T.O. report

A new study on the health effects of air pollution from traffic in Toronto says a 30 per cent reduction in vehicle emissions could save nearly 200 lives a year and $1 billion in health costs. The Toronto Public Health report, to be released Monday, also estimates that “mortality-related” costs associated with traffic pollution in…