Ont Pesticide Ban, Pesticide Resistance, N.W.T. eco-house, Sustainable Sushi, Cdn Greenhouse Gasses and lack of Water Strategy

April 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment

map showing Inuvik locationNorthwest Territories N.W.T. Housing Corp. to test eco-friendly home in Inuvik:

“The housing corporation plans to build the new duplex with thicker walls, quadruple-paned windows, energy-saving appliances and a furnace that uses less fuel. And despite Inuvik having 24-hour darkness in the winter, the unit will be designed for solar panels to be put on the roof.”

Ontario Hardware and garden stores removing all chemical, cosmetic weed killers from shelves across Ontario:

“Heralded by environmentalists as the most progressive legislation in North America, the pesticide ban was announced by Environment Minister John Gerretsen on Earth Day last year, as part of a program to lessen Ontario residents’ exposure to toxic chemicals, many of them linked to cancer, neurological problems and birth defects”.

United States Canada Pesticide-Resistant Weeds Plague U.S. Farms – Is Canada Next?:

“Those who have been sounding the alarm about the risks of growing more and more genetically-modified, pesticide-resistant crops in Canada and the U.S. appear to have been vindicated:”

Canada Sushi lovers now have a tool for figuring out if their meals are environmentally sustainable:Disney's Nemo cut up into sushi rolls

On Thursday, Canada’s first sustainable sushi guide was released to help consumers make smart choices. The guide, released by the Ecology Action Centre, along with its national partner SeaChoice, provides a handy checklist card of products to avoid and ones to target.

The goal is to get customers asking where their food is from and how it’s caught.

Canada Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise:

“On April 17, Canada filed its National Inventory Report (“NIR”) with the UN pursuant to its obligation under the Kyoto Protocol. In the NIR, Canada reveals that its greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions continue to grow and that Canada ranks “first among the G8 nations” for increasing emissions”.

Canada Climate panel presses for cap-and-trade system:

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“Ottawa urged to target entire economy, not just heavy industry, and do away with patchwork approach to emissions adopted by province”

To date, Canada’s approach — both under the Liberals and the Conservatives — has been to work toward a cap-and-trade system for “heavy final emitters,” which consist primarily of factories and electricity generation. However neither government ever moved the idea beyond the negotiation stage.

The panel proposes a system in which fuel distributors must buy credits to account for the end use of emissions, either through heating costs of homes and buildings or tailpipe emissions.

Canada Environment commissioner laments lack of federal water strategy:

Canada’s environment commissioner says the Conservative government has made negligible progress on a national water strategy it promised more than two years ago.

Scott Vaughan said the Tories have made plenty of announcements about the water strategy but they haven’t yet followed up with enough action to merit an audit by his office.

“The position of the office is that we don’t examine a program if it’s based only on a press release,” Vaughan told the Commons environment committee on Tuesday.

“We did not see any measurable progress in developing a national strategy or a national framework.”

Canada United Nations National Chair of the Council of Canadians tells United Nations that water crisis poses “urgent” threat:water footprints

The path to a sustainable water future is difficult but clear. First, water must be seen as a commons that belongs to the Earth and all species alike. It must be declared a public resource that belongs equally to all people, the ecosystem and the future. It must be preserved for all time and practice in law as a public trust and a human right. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity. We must efficiently manage our water for the common good, encourage social control mechanisms that put decision-making back in the hands of communities, and always remain vigilant against persistent power inequities. The global North must do far more to unburden the global South from the yoke of debt that prevents many poor countries from fulfilling this obligation. Justice, not charity, must light our way forward.

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