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Can Elizabeth May Unmuzzle Canada’s Scientists?

The success rate of private member’s bills in the federal parliament is abysmal. In the 100-plus years since 1910, Ottawa has passed just 271 of them. For comparison, more than 1,600 PMB’s were tabled between 1997 and 2015, and the rate at which they’re being drawn up is on the rise. It’s not unusual for entire sessions of … Continue reading

Ontario Anti-Fracking Bill Passes Second Reading

Ontario is one step closer to a future without high-pressure hydraulic fracturing. Continue reading

What’s Worth More: Your Time or the Planet?

A “time-as-money” mindset discourages environmental behaviour, UBC research finds. Continue reading

Cost of Great Lakes Plastic Clean-Up Could Top $486 Million

Despite a hefty clean-up bill for removing plastic waste from the Great Lakes, the savings from plastic-free water could be equally massive. Continue reading

Toronto Fish Health Improving – But You Can’t Eat Them Yet

THE LATEST STUDY from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the University of Toronto analyzed government data on mercury, dioxin/furans and polychlorinated biphenyl(PCB) in local and migratory fish populations from 1975 to 2011. What they found was not surprising, per se, but it did confirm that efforts to curb pollution in the Toronto waterfront over … Continue reading

Waste Mismanagement Leads to Plastic-Filled Oceans

Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans every year, partly due to litter and inadequate waste management. ROUGHLY 9.1 MILLION tonnes of plastic waste will head from land to sea this year alone in 192 coastal countries worldwide. The latest study published this week in Science from researchers at the University of Georgia and the National … Continue reading

Ontario’s endangered species get their day in court

LAWYERS ACTING ON BEHALF of the Ontario government told the courts last month that Ontario’s endangered species legislation is now only concerned with the most dire of species listed under the law. The Woodland Caribou; the American Eel; the Blanding’s Turtle — these and more than 150 other species currently listed as endangered in Ontario will … Continue reading

Melting Glaciers to Release Billions of Kilograms of CO₂ by 2050

A new study finds sea-level rise isn’t the only thing to fear about melting glaciers. WE KNOW SEA levels are rising as climate change causes glaciers to melt. But it turns out rising seas may not be the only catastrophic by-product of glacier melt we need to worry about. A new study from researchers at Florida State University … Continue reading

2014 — Canada’s Year of the Pipeline

WIDESPREAD PUBLIC DEBATE on building vast networks of snaking energy pipelines throughout Canada dominated the country’s environmental newsreel in 2014, and will continue making headlines in the year ahead. A collection of Canada’s top environmental NGOs told Reeves Report the climate change file — particularly an uptick in news stories, op-eds, consultations and street-level protests over whether and … Continue reading

Historic dam latest line of defence against invasive Asian carp

THE NEXT LINE OF DEFENCE against keeping invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes will come at an 81-year-old lock and dam in Joliet, Illinois, 65 kilometres south of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Brandon Road dam, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2004, is being investigated by the U.S. Army … Continue reading

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