Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture

Budget: Canadians have no say in environmental laws

Media Release, March 29, 2012

OTTAWA- Canadians are less able to protect our water, air and land because of changes to environmental law outlined in today’s federal budget.

The key change, essentially speeding up environmental reviews of mega-projects, will greatly hurt the public's ability to participate in future processes.

“Environmental assessments need to be thorough, consultative and science-based.” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Creating hard-time limits and rushing the process compromises all these things.”

The changes will result in weaker environmental assessments and projects being approved without a full understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts they will have.

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From Coast to Coast, Canadian Groups Say Strong, Inclusive Federal Environmental Laws Are Needed

Weak environmental laws jeopardize public health and safety and the integrity of First Nations consultation

MEDIA RELEASE, Feb. 29, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC and OTTAWA, ON (February 29, 2012) – Today over 40 groups, from internationally-known organizations like Council of Canadians and Greenpeace, to local citizens’ groups like Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, have endorsed a statement confirming their support for strong federal environmental laws that protect our national values.

The groups warn that they will not stand by if the federal government moves to short-circuit environmental reviews for projects like the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil tankers and pipeline project, and they have rallied behind a statement of 10 principles they say form the basis of environmental assessment for a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada.... Read more »

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Birthday of the beer can

...from healthy glass to BPA epoxy lined aluminum cans. It is nothing to celebrate.

by Lloyd Alter, January 30, 2012 published on Read more »

Is your fridge wasting food & electricity?


Ever noticed some people get by with much smaller fridges? It's not always because they go out to dinner every night. I stayed with a family in Shanghai who ate almost entirely home-cooked, healthy food and had a tiny fridge. You may be surprised how alternate handling of a lot of your food makes it last longer - and uses less space in your fridge. 

According to Lloyd Alter with, too many of us use our fridge as "an expensive air conditioned parking lots for what Shay Salomon called "compost and condiments." 

Smaller fridge = less electricity. ... Read more »


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