Archive for July 2014

Control-Act-Delete14 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: cnhe

eSlums

Our electronics don’t have to land in an African slum.

The world is awash in electronic waste. With an ever-expanding market for electronic goods and continually shrinking product lifecycles, managing e-waste has become a global problem. In addition to the growing volumes of discarded computers, monitors, laptops, cellphones and other electronics in our landfills, e-waste often finds its way (by container ships) from places like Canada to places like Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

In Agbogbloshie, e-waste is gold. Literally. Precious metals removed from circuit boards become a source of income for many in the informal recycling trade. But the methods used to extract these valuable materials – including open-pit burning and acid baths – are crude. Workers are exposed to a toxic mix of heavy metals, brominated flameretardants and a particularly carcinogenic class of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Many e-waste collectors suffer a range of health effects from injuries to premature death, while nearby communities face serious chronic disease and longterm environmental degradation.

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Oil and Water Don't Mix14 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: cnhe

BC Coast

BC-based filmmaker Richard Boyce’s Coastal Tar Sands explores the areas Enbridge's supertankers will navigate, loaded with oil from the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Filmmaker, activist and coastal BC native Richard Boyce has spent the past year looking at Canada’s West Coast through the lens of Enbridge’s highly controversial Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. He takes viewers on a journey along the Inner Passage, a shipping route for oceangoing vessels where a landmark proposal could see oil tankers move highly toxic diluted bitumen from Kitimat, BC – the pipeline’s terminus – to foreign markets overseas.

Boyce’s six-part video series, Coastal Tar Sands, is as scenic as it is informative. His plan is to release a feature-length documentary that will act as a retort to the proposal’s approval earlier this week.

Boyce’s knowledge of and passion for the wellbeing of BC’s environmentally sensitive central coast is obvious, and Coastal Tar Sands offers some of the most comprehensive first-hand reporting available on the subject of Northern Gateway.


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COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 1



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 2



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 3



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 4



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 5



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 6





Canadian Judiciary Poised to Redress Environmental Degradation14 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: cnhe

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While the media has focused its lens upon the Harper government’s undermining of scientific research, scant consideration has been given to the impact of the “war on science” on Canada’s judiciary. Tasked with reviewing and adjudicating upon the constitutionality and validity of Canada’s resource regulatory process, the judiciary may be poised to assume a larger role in environmental decision-making. In this three-part blog series, lawyer Barbara D. Janusz examines how the “war on science” is being waged in tandem with a war on the Rule of Law.

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Ontario Adds Climate Change to Environment Minister Portfolio14 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: cnhe

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In announcing her new cabinet last week, Premier Kathleen Wynne has charged former Transportation Minister Glen Murray with taking over Ontario’s newly revamped environment ministry.

Murray, the sitting MPP for Toronto Centre and former mayor of Winnipeg, assumed command of the environment ministry from veteran MPP Jim Bradley who is Ontario’s longest-serving environment minister after eight years on the job in two separate stints.

Wynne has also asked Murray to take on a new challenge, perhaps the most pressing issue facing the planet in the 21st century: climate change. No, Murray won’t be tasked with single-handedly solving the world’s shifting climate, but his new-found focus on this gargantuan issue is a first for Ontario and its newly minted Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

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