Renewables – Not Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – Are the Solution to Climate Change

By Theresa McClenaghan, Kerrie Blaise (CELA) and Guest Author Chris Rouse (New Clear Free Solutions) The idea of Small Modular Reactors (“SMRs”) was in the news this week with the federal government being urged to provide even more research money…

Why won’t Ontario Fix the Deficient Wells Regulation?

Most Ontarians obtain their drinking water from municipal systems that are closely regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 (SDWA).  This law is used to establish stringent standards for the treatment, distribution and testing of municipal drinking water in…

Proposed Extension to Ontario’s Water Bottling Moratorium

Posted by Anastasia Lintner On November 18, 2019, the Ontario government announced plans to further extend the moratorium on groundwater bottling permits to October 1, 2020.  Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and many of our collaborators and clients are supportive…

Urgent Canadian Action is needed on PFAS — the Forever Chemicals

The class of chemicals called PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) are often referred to as ‘the forever chemicals’ because they are highly persistent in the environment and will take hundreds if not thousands of years to disappear from the soil and groundwater where they accumulate.

The Faces of CELA: Lawrence Gunther

I founded the charity Blue Fish Canada in 2012; focussed on water quality, fish health and informing and inspiring the next generation of conservation-minded recreational anglers. In late 2016 CELA approached me to be part of the Healthy Great Lakes initiative, which I felt was a good fit given that recreational fishing on the Lakes represents a $8-billion annual economic driver and contributes to the socio-economic stability of shoreline communities.

Ontario Fast-Tracks Changes to Environmental Laws

The Ontario government has recently introduced omnibus legislation that proposes to amend over a dozen laws that currently protect the environment, safeguard public health, manage wildlife and public lands, and regulate resource extraction throughout the province.