Blog: Bill S-5 Blues – Parliamentary Consideration of Toxics Law Amendments

Almost half-way through Parliament’s consideration of the first major amendments to Canada’s industrial chemicals law in over two decades, and the results have been hugely disappointing for the future protection of human health and the environment from toxic substances in this country. The disappointing government amendments, and the Senate’s inability to pass amendments recommended by CELA and others, is detailed in this blog post by CELA Counsel Joseph Castrilli.

Response to Mining Association of Canada Letter re: Bill S-5, An Act to Amend CEPA

CELA has written a letter in response to the May 27th letter to the Senate Standing Committee from the Mining Association of Canada (“MAC”). The MAC argument focuses on a difference in increases between CELA calculations of a 10,800 percent increase in on-site disposal of arsenic and its compounds in Quebec for the period 2006- 2018 and MAC calculations of a 300 percent increase for the period 2010-2018. CELA submits that, If anything, the MAC argument underscores the need for the amendments CELA proposed for improving Bill S-5 and CEPA.

Blog: Why federal toxics law amendments need to address problems with carcinogens

This article was originally published on May 16, 2022 by The Lawyer’s Daily, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. Photo courtesy of  Aqnus Febriyant/Shutterstock Arsenic has been known since the age of the Roman Empire as the king of poisons. In the…

Media Release: Emissions of Cancer-Causing Agents Expose Gaps in Federal Environmental Law Not Addressed by New Bill

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) says Bill S-5, currently before the Senate of Canada, won’t fix the problem of emissions of cancer-causing agents in the environment unless the federal government improves the Bill’s approach to pollution prevention under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).