Kicking Out Toxic Chemicals
The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing to continue to allow the use of atrazine, a harmful pesticide widely used to kill weeds in corn and sorghum farms in Ontario and Quebec.
On a daily basis, Canadians coast-to-coast are exposed to toxic chemicals at home, in their workplaces and in the greater environment.
Every day, Canadians are exposed to a slew of chemicals that are harmful to human health.
Bisphenol A (BPA) continues to be widely present in the linings of many food cans in our grocery stores. This means that Canadians are putting their health at risk when they consume canned foods that may be contaminated with hormone-disrupting BPA.
The chemical triclosan is present in most antibacterial products. But it’s a known endocrine (or hormone) disruptor, which can affect thyroid function – and is even linked to liver cancer.
Climate & Clean Economy
With new federal methane regulations in place, now the provinces have to do their part – either by adopting the federal regulations, or writing their own.
Canada’s government is proposing to exempt two of the highest-carbon types of projects in the country—fracking and in situ tar sands projects – from the federal environmental review process.
The Canadian government must act now and stop giving billions in handouts to coal, oil, and natural gas companies to produce and pollute more.
Climate leadership requires action across all economic sectors and in all provinces and territories.
Creating Livable Communities
For too long, political games at the riding and ward levels have dominated the implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). As a result, not enough has been done to reduce traffic congestion or to provide better options for getting around our cities and towns.
Safeguarding Canada’s Freshwater
Less than 11 per cent of plastics are recycled in Canada. The rest end up in our landfills, lakes, parks and oceans, destroying ecosystems and leaching toxic chemicals.
Less than 50 per cent of the plastic bottles sold in Ontario get recycled. The rest – about 1.5 billion bottles – end up in landfills or littered in our environment. It’s time to turn the plastic tide.
Wisconsin is bending over backwards to get Foxconn – a multinational technology manufacturing company – to set up shop in their backyard. But first, Racine, Wisconsin needs the state’s approval to divert 7 million gallons of Great Lakes water daily from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River watershed.
Lake Erie is a global treasure – it provides drinking water for millions of people, and supports a billion dollar economy and a truly remarkable ecosystem. And it needs our help.
Plastic pollution has reached every corner of the globe. The Pacific Garbage Patch is well known. What’s less known is that 80 per cent of litter in the Great Lakes region is plastic.
Canada and Ontario have jointly released a draft action plan to address excessive algae in Lake Erie. But the draft plan is missing timelines, resources, and measureable outcomes. Tell Ontario and Canada: we need a plan to keep the lake healthy and clean, for the sake of the people and wildlife that rely on it.
A new law is needed to give citizens a voice through the charities they support.