Green Politics in Canada: The jury is still out on the future of the Canadian Greens (1985)

Green Politics in Canada The jury is still out on the future of the Canadian Greens by David McRobert In February 1983, a new era began in Canadian politics. Approximately 200 British Columbia environmentalists and peace activists formed an organization under the rubric of the “Green Party” and announced that they intended to contest several seats in the upcoming provincial election. Not to be outdone by their B.C. counterparts, a …continue…

Fair Trade: Reform and Realities in the International Trading System (1994)

Fair Trade: Reform and Realities in the International Trading System by Michael Barratt Brown London and New Jersey: Zed Books, 1993. Paperback, 226 pp., $21.95. Reviewed by David McRobert “Just remember every time you swallow a cup of coffee made from the beans purchased for pennies by those multinational food conglomerates you are drinking the blood of the peasants of Central and South America.”  In the 1980s I would offer …continue…

A Poison Stronger Than Love: The Destruction of an Ojibwa Community. (1985)

Book Review A Poison Stronger Than Love: The Destruction of an Ojibwa Community. Anastasia M. Shkilnyk, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985: 274 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by David McRobert In a celebrated essay, Gad Horowitz once observed that liberal thought in Canada has been either anemic or parasitic. Arguably, this comment aptly applies to the dozens of Ph.D. and Master theses on the “Indian Problem” that have been written by …continue…

A Dismal Response: We must respond more adequately to the global challenge of the World Conservation Strategy we helped to launch and then neglected. (1986)

A Dismal Response We must respond more adequately to the global challenge of the World Conservation Strategy we helped to launch and then neglected. By David McRobert One of the first actions taken by the former federal Minister of the Environment, John Roberts, after he was appointed to the position by Trudeau in the Fall of 1981, was to endorse a little-known document called the World Conservation Strategy. Roberts went …continue…

Ontario’s Blue Box Fiasco – Broadcast on CKLN Radio, May 1991

Ontario’s Blue Box Fiasco, Broadcast on CKLN Radio, May 1991 By David McRobert, Pollution Probe This is the 37th installment of a Taste for Justice, a programme in which we and our colleagues and friends offer a different view of the law than the one which is usually presented, one which emphasises the role which law plays in the maintenance of unequal power relations in Canada.   Today, we are going to …continue…

What Makes Nutrient Management So Controversial? London Swine Conference, April 1 and 2, 2004.

  What Makes Nutrient Management So Controversial? London Swine Conference, April 1 and 2, 2004 David McRobert* In-House Counsel/Senior Policy Advisor Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), 1075 Bay Street, Suite 605 Toronto, Ontario M5S 2B1 Canada  (416) 325-3376; Fax: (416) 325-3370 david.mcrobert@eco.on.ca And Lillian Hopkins, MES Candidate, York University March 2004 (revised May 2004) * The author gratefully acknowledges that some of the material in this paper was originally prepared …continue…

User Fees for Waste Management: Issues and Options (1994)

USER FEES FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT: ISSUES AND OPTIONS NOTES PREPARED BY DAVID MCROBERT FOR WASTE CAUCUS, TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE MAY 1994   A. Introduction In the United States and Canada, most industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) waste generators are charged for waste services on the basis of the quantities of waste that they produce. In contrast, the vast majority of householders are not charged user fees. Instead, residential waste management …continue…

Legal Liability Issues for Trail and Greenway Managers: An Overview of Canadian Laws (1993)

Legal Liability Issues for Trail and Greenway Managers: An Overview of Canadian Laws     Paper for Canadian Rails to Greenways Network National Conference, August 1993 Presented by David McRobert, Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy(1)   Introduction This paper presents a short survey of legal liability issues for trail managers in Canada.(2) It would be impossible to cover all of the important legal liability issues that trail managers should consider …continue…

Ontario’s Blue Box System: A Case Study of Government’s Role in the Technological Change Process, 1970-1991 (1994)

Ontario’s Blue Box System: A Case Study of Government’s Role in the Technological Change Process, 1970-1991 Extracted from: David McRobert, Labour Relations, Technological Change and Sustainability: Resolving the Structural Issues. Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, October 1994. 1.  Introduction a.  Background b. The Argument for Refillables 2.  The Establishment of Ontario’s Blue Box System a.  The Transformation Begins b.  The Decline of Refillable Soft Drinks in Ontario c.  Early …continue…

The Nuts, The Bolts And The Rest Of The Machinery: A Guide To And Update On Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (2001)

The Nuts, The Bolts And The Rest Of The Machinery: A Guide To And Update On Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights Background Paper for Presentation to: Environmental Law 2001: New Developments and Current Issues to Comply in Today’s Environment The Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Ontario, September 20-21, 2001 David McRobert, In-House Counsel/Senior Policy Adviser Catherine McAteer, Student-at-Law Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 1075 Bay St., Suite 605 Toronto, ON  M5S 2B1 T. 416-325-3377 …continue…