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.
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…
In response to new binational screening criteria released in March 2021 by the Great Lakes Executive Committee, this report is an updated nomination of radionuclides as Chemicals of Mutual Concern (CMCs) under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
The international situation on industrial chemicals is mirrored in Canada where the federal government is playing regulatory whack-a-mole with some of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet and proposed government amendments to the country’s primary law for controlling the risks these substances pose to human health and the environment may perpetuate, not stop the problem. That is the overall conclusion of CELA’s analysis of national pollution data when compared to proposed government amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) found in Bill S-5 now being considered in the Senate of Canada.
This report assesses the adequacy of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's regulatory system to protect the Great Lakes from radionuclides.
CEPA is Canada’s primary law for protecting human health and the environment. Yet Bill C-28, containing the first major amendments to CEPA in over 20 years, seeks to fix things in the Act that are not broken, and fails to correct things in the Act that are not working. The Canadian public should not have to wait another 20 years to fix in 2040 what is already long overdue for reform today.