Pop history: The Soft Drink Story Behind Recycling

By Ellen Moorhouse, August 17, 2012 SPECIAL TO THE STAR Seeing all of those blue bins lined up curbside makes us feel environmentally virtuous, doesn’t it? Well, once we understand some of the historical horse-trading that went on to get recycling put in place, we may not be quite so smug. One of the best sources on this subject is David McRobert, who I’ve spoken to before. He has recently published e-books …continue…

DFO Staff cut couldn’t come at a worse time

By David McRobert (with input from Douglas Macdonald, School of the Environment, University of Toronto; and Miriam Diamond, Department of Geography, University of Toronto On July 6th, 2012, The Globe and Mail published an op-ed article I co-authored with Miriam Diamond and Doug Macdonald, two professors at the University of Toronto, about the revisions to the Fisheries Act contained in Bill C-38. (The full text appears below.) Shortly afterwards, an …continue…

Peterborough Health Unit Shows it has mastered Orwell’s lessons – takes down TCE website

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MEDIA RELEASE Homeowners and residents exposed to Lethal Pollution (TCE HELP) Toronto environmental lawyers agree to attend TCE meeting on July 24th to discuss possible law suit PETERBOROUGH, July 22, 2012 -  Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU) has shown it has mastered Orwell’s lessons as outlined in his famous book, 1984 and his various essays. Last week, on July 16, it dismantled its web site on Trichloroethylene (TCE).  The web …continue…

McGuinty, Michelle Obama urged to impose Tax-Deposit System on Soft Drinks to Fight Obesity

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MEDIA RELEASE Toronto, July 19, 2012 Ontario-based environmental lawyer David McRobert is urging the McGuinty government to impose a combination of a tax and deposit system on soft drinks and other non-refillable containers to fight obesity, create local jobs and improve the environmental and energy performance of the systems. McRobert commends the McGuinty government for appointing the panel to study the obesity problem but says there is no need to …continue…

Environmental Lawyer Cut from Speaking at Public Meeting on Contamination from Outboard Marine Plant

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This article is by Brenden Wedley of the Peterborough Examiner, published on June 27, 2012.  A Peterborough-based environmental lawyer who was dumped from the speaking lineup for a public meeting on contamination from the former Outboard Marine Corp. site says he was told to stay away because his presentation indicated the city and the province could be liable. The Peterborough County-City Health Unit, which had asked David McRobert to volunteer …continue…

Health Unit Cuts TCE Talk by Lawyer, HazMat Blogger

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This article is from HazMatMag.com, published on 07/04/2012.  Concerns over levels of toxic industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) found in the air of certain Peterborough homes led to environmental lawyer David McRobert being invited to speak on the issue at a meeting held by the Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU) on June 26th, 2012. But he was abruptly “uninvited” by the health unit the night before. Officials attempted to allay residents’ fears …continue…

Appendix 3: Summaries of ECO Annual and Special Reports

Appendix 3 Summaries of ECO Annual and Special Reports I. Annual Reports ECO’s First Annual Report The ECO’s first annual report reviews how well the government complied with the EBR during the period between December 14, 1993, and December 31, 1995, the initial start-up period.   Released on June 19, 1996, this report Opening the Doors to Environmental Decision Makingis also a  baseline review against which future government performance will be judged. One of …continue…

Appendix 2: EBR LEAVE TO APPEAL APPLICATIONS – July, 1995 to March, 2001

Appendix 2 - EBR LEAVE TO APPEAL APPLICATIONS July, 1995 to March, 2001 Parties and Date of Leave Application Description of Grounds for Leave to Appeal Decision on Leave Application Status/Final Outcome, Decision Date and Comments Registry # Applicants: Albert Hunter Ministry: MOE Proponent: OSBBC Ltd. Date of Application:July, 1995 Instrument: C of A Tribunal: Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) Leave to appeal application made by the EAB for a decision made by a Director at MOE to issue …continue…

Appendix 1: Public Participation for Environmental Protection in Ontario Prior to the EBR (1996)

Appendix 1 ? Public Participation for Environmental Protection in Ontario Prior to the EBR Environmental Protection Statutes In Ontario, prior to (and continuing, to a degree, with) the EBR there were two main statutes governing environmental protection. The most comprehensive is the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), in which the Ministry of Environment (MOE) is delegated broad authority including extensive powers to set various regulatory standards governing activities that may adversely affect the natural environment; authority …continue…

Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony (1995)

Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony by F. Herbert Bormann, Diana Balmori and Gordon T. Geballe London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. Hardcover, 148 pp., Notes, Index, 19.95. Reviewed by David McRobert Most Canadians and Americans are passionate about their lawns.  They religiously and enthusiastically plant, weed, fertilize, spray and mow them. This passion was evident in the summer of 1994 when, according to the Toronto …continue…