In the quest to produce greener and more efficient energy, we cannot overlook the lifecycle impacts of energy production and their potential interactions with existing systemic inequities. Case in point, is nuclear power, which has been largely presented as a clean form of energy. However, the entire life cycle of nuclear energy production—from uranium mining to radioactive waste storage—must be considered. There are health risks and costs along the way, and already vulnerable people risk continue to risk bear them under the status quo.
This response to Environment and Climate Change Canada supports listing talc in Schedule 1 of CEPA (Canadian Environmental Protection Act). Other measures have failed to bring specific attention to the dangers in applications that disproportionately affect women. Download here: Talc…
CELA support the passing of Bill C-230: An Act Respecting the Development of a National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism as opportunity for the government to address the inequities facing vulnerable communities, particularly racialized communities facing harm from environmental pollution and polluting practices by ensuring remedies are integrated effectively into existing environmental legislation or passing additional legislation and policies.
Posted by John Jackson, Canadian Co-chair, Toxics Free Great Lakes Binational Network and Michael Murray, Ph.D., U.S. Co-chair, Toxics Free Great Lakes Binational Network and Staff Scientist, National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center
Positive amendments to the Legal Aid Services Act portion of the Bill added promotion by clinics of access to justice and responsiveness to the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Amendments to the Class Proceedings Act did not correct areas of concern thus increasing the difficulty to certify any class actions in Ontario, particularly in relation to environmental claims.
Access to affordable and safe housing is among the key challenges and social inequities revealed by the COVID pandemic. Calls for a just and green recovery need to include extending environmental protection to the indoor environment.