Karen Wirsig

Senior Program Manager, Plastics

Karen has worked as a journalist and as a labour and community organizer. She has participated in her downtown Toronto housing co-operative for more than 20 years. An active transportation enthusiast who favours walking, cycling, and public transit, Karen has never owned a car. She is a voracious reader and has spent her adult life trying to unlearn the common belief that humans should strive for domination over each other, over other animals, and over nature itself. She’s passionate about helping to get plastics out of the environment.

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Jun 05, 2023

World Environment Day: It’s Time to #BeatPlasticPollution to Protect the Environment, Our Health and Worker Safety

Co-written by Jane McArthur, Toxics Program Director at Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment…

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Mar 28, 2023

Wasted opportunity: Ontario is missing the mark on empties while spurring plastic pollution

The beverage industry is poised to introduce a pop bottle “tax” in Ontario to handle…

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Mar 17, 2023

Big Plastic’s arguments against federal plastics regulations crumple in court

Late in the federal court hearings last week, in their lawsuit against plastics regulations, Big…

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Feb 23, 2023

Big Plastic will see us in court next month … and you’re invited, Toronto

Nearly two years after filing an outrageous lawsuit against the federal government, Big Plastic is…

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Dec 20, 2022

Five things you need to know about Canada’s single-use plastic bans

The first phase of Canada’s bans on some single-use plastics starts today. Here’s what you…

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Dec 05, 2022


This blog is co-authored by Aliénor Rougeot, Program Manager, Climate and Energy and Michelle Woodhouse,…

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Oct 05, 2022

Canada is failing to reach its goal of eliminating plastic waste by 2030 – but we shouldn’t give up

There are solutions to the plastic pollution crisis beyond recycling Quick  – what was the…

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Sep 21, 2022

New Report Card: Recycling and provincial waste policy will fail to eliminate plastic waste by 2030 

New federal action needed to achieve Zero Plastic Waste goal Toronto | Traditional territories of…

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Jul 04, 2022

Part 1: The Great Lakes Have a Serious Plastics Problem. This Plastic Free July, Let’s Commit to Fixing It.

Co-written by Michelle Woodhouse, Water Program Manager It’s common knowledge that the oceans are filling…

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Jun 24, 2022

We finally did it! Canada’s single-use plastic bans are for real

Big news this week! With a series of live announcements held across the country, the…

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