Revising Canada’s chemicals legislation needs to promote safer substitutes for toxic chemicals in products

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) – which regulates how Canada assesses and manages chemicals in the Canadian economy is under review This is a good thing because our chemical framework does not promote the use of safer substitutes to…

Withdrawing the Stockholm Convention recycling exemptions for TetraBDE, PentaBDE, HexaBDE and HeptaBDE

Title: Withdrawing the Stockholm Convention recycling exemptions for TetraBDE, PentaBDE, HexaBDE and HeptaBDE Resource Type: Letter Content: 1260-CanadaPBDEToxicRecyling # of Pages: 4 Date authored: April 16, 2019 Publication number: 1260 Author/s: Olga Speranskaya & Fe de Leon Author Organization: Health…

Time to Beef Up Toxics Reduction Measures

Posted by Joseph F. Castrilli, CELA Counsel on June 27, 2018 Red tape reduction, not toxics reduction, is alive and well in amendments to regulations promulgated in April 2018 under Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act. To understand why, it is necessary to briefly review the history of…

Committee report recommends major reform of Parliament’s control of toxic substances

Posted by Joseph Castrilli and Fe de Leon on June 22, 2017 If the recommendations of a Parliamentary committee are adopted by the House of Commons, Canada will move closer to enshrining environmental rights, substituting safer alternatives, and strengthening protection of vulnerable populations…

Canada’s main environmental law isn’t working

Posted by Joseph Castrilli, CELA Counsel on August 22, 2016 Originally published in The Toronto Star, July 29, 2016 Emissions of some of the most harmful chemicals are on the rise in Canada. We need to update the federal law that’s supposed to…

Antibacterial Chemicals are Polluting Our Waterways

Posted by Bev Thorpe, Clean Production Action on August 5, 2014 Most people are unaware of how widespread triclosan and triclocarban chemicals are in their daily lives. Many products labelled as ‘antibacterial’, ‘fights odours’ or ‘kills germs’ may contain triclosan or tricocarban. In…