Reports

Pesticide Free? Oui! (2011)

May 2011
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This report briefly presents the approaches adopted by the five Canadian provinces that currently restrict the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides: Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, as well as Alberta's more limited restriction on pesticide/fertilizer mixtures. It also reviews the process to date in... More »

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Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits

April 2011
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Local Improvement Charges are fees for municipal financing of infrastructure improvements that benefit homeowners and are repaid on tax bills. This report discusses how a similar mechanism could be used in Ontario to finance retrofits to make homes more energy efficient, reduce overall energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and save homeowners money on their energy bills. More »

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Natural Capital in BC's Lower Mainland: Valuing the benefits from nature

October 2010
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This report examines the extent of natural capital — forests, fields, wetlands and waterways — in BC's Lower Mainland region and estimates non-market economic values for some of the benefits these ecosystems provide. The intent of the report is to provide a preliminary assessment of these ecosystem service benefits to... More »

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What's Inside? That Counts: A survey of toxic ingredients in our cosmetics

October 2010
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Earlier this year, the David Suzuki Foundation invited Canadians to pull back the shower curtain and participate in an online survey about toxic ingredients in common personal care products like soaps, shampoos and cosmetics. This report summarizes key findings from the survey and presents recommendations for cleaning up these products... More »

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On the Edge: British Columbia's Unprotected Transboundary Species

September 2010
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British Columbia has the highest number of species of any province in Canada, but these species are showing alarming signs of distress. According to the B.C. Conservation Data Centre at least 1,918 species or distinct populations of wildlife in British Columbia are now at risk,1 and significant portions of some... More »

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Setting the Stage for a Sustainable Energy Strategy: Canada's Necessary Opportunity

September 2010
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This paper will begin to explore how the Trottier Energy Futures Project is defining the challenge and immense opportunity of designing and implementing a Canadian sustainable energy strategy. More »

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The Maple Leaf in the OECD

June 2010
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The study rates the record of 25 developed countries belonging to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development using 28 environmental indicators. The most recent environmental data from the OECD, in which Canada is a member, was used to formulate the results. Canada currently ranks 24th but the study proves... More »

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A grizzly challenge: Ensuring a future for Alberta's threatened grizzlies

May 2010
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Co-published by the David Suzuki Foundation, this report analyzes current recovery efforts in Alberta, concluding that the provincial government is not doing enough to protect one of the most threatened grizzly bear populations in North America. Written by Jeff Gailus, M.Sc., for the Alberta Wilderness Association, the Canadian Parks and... More »

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Ensuring a future for Canada's grizzly bears: A report on the sustainability of the trophy hunt in B.C.

April 2010
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This report examines the recent history of grizzly management in B.C. and in particular, grizzly mortalities resulting from the legal hunt of this species, both within and outside of parks and protected areas. More »

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Conservation Value of the North American Boreal Forest from an Ethnobotanical Perspective

March 2010
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Traditional knowledge held by Canada's Aboriginal people about the Boreal Forest offers western scientists a vitally important information source. With the Boreal Forest facing increasing threats from climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, and invasive species, this knowledge is more important than ever. More »

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Climate scorecard for the 2010 winter games

February 2010
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The 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver raised the bar for climate action, including energy efficient venues, the use of clean energy sources, and by promoting the use of public transit. Of course, there is still lots of room for improvement, as noted in our climate scorecard for the Vancouver Olympics.... More »

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A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia

January 2010
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A New Climate for Conservation explores the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation and ecological mitigation. More »

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