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

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

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

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Questionable Faith Environmentalists are linking up with unionists and other critics to oppose the Free Trade Agreement and force the Federal Tories to hold an election. (1988)

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On MESsy Relationships and Other Paradoxes in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (1984)

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On global warming, Canada is full of hot air Shouldn’t this country do something to justify its international reputation by getting serious about greenhouse gases? (1991)

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Not a Sentimental Journey: What’s behind the VIA Rail Cuts, What You Can Do About It. (1991)

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How Industry and Government Strangled Canada’s Smog Plan (1991)

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Hard Choices: A Life of Tom Berger (1987)

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