Reports

Toward a National Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada: Putting Canada on the Path to Sustainability within a Generation

January 2007
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According to several recent studies, Canada has among the worst environmental record of any developed country, ranking 28th out of 30 OECD countries. Without changes, Canada risks continuing deterioration of its environment, human health, quality of life, and international reputation. This report begins with an overview of sustainable development planning in Canada and evaluates this against international best practices. It also includes a draft of the proposed National Sustainability Act. More »

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Switch Green: Energy Star Appliance Feebate

January 2007
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This 38-page report explains how the government could reduce energy consumption by offering consumer rebates on Energy Star appliances and levying fees on inefficient devices . This revenue neutral policy would reduce annual household energy consumption by 1,440 gigawatt-hours — the equivalent of taking 120,000 homes off the electricity grid — and greenhouse gas emissions by 275 thousand tonnes each year. More »

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Radon: The Unfamiliar Killer

January 2007
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This short report outlines a series of recommendations for strengthening Canadian radon guidelines to reduce the health risks associated with exposure to one of the most toxic sources of indoor air pollution in Canada. More »

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Meeting the Challenge: A Carbon Neutral 2010 Winter Games Discussion Paper

January 2007
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Commissioned by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC), Meeting the Challenge provides recommendations regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) management at the 2010 Winter Games. More »

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Zoned RS-1 (Residential Salmon-1)

January 2007
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This publication describes what municipalities can do to protect salmon habitats. Trying to protect wild salmon stocks without protecting where they spawn and grow is like trying to raise a family without a safe place to live. Many of our salmon neighbourhoods are in decay and in need of protection. More »

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Left off the List: A profile of marine and northern species denied listing under Canada's Species At Risk Act

January 2007
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This report highlights the plight of eight threatened species denied protection under the federal Species At Risk Act (SARA), a piece of legislation designed to prevent Canadian wildlife and plants from becoming extinct. Some of these animals, however, are languishing in a never-ending process of extended consultations. More »

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High and Dry: An Investigation of Salmon-Habitat Destruction in British Columbia

January 2007
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This report details the consequences of recent changes to the way government provides oversight with regard to fish-habitat protection. Essentially, the federal and provincial governments are withdrawing from their historical role of being the arbiter of traditional methods of fish-habitat protection, like fish-habitat impact assessment, monitoring and enforcement. The results are troubling. More »

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The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Quality Standards and Guidelines

November 2006
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As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report compares Canada's water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union, and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization. More »

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The will to protect: Preserving B.C.'s wild salmon habitat

October 2006
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This report documents the failure of past and current government policy to protect salmon habitat and offers a suite of creative solutions that will maintain and rebuild Pacific salmon populations. The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to achieving sustainability within a generation in Canada. Abundant stocks of Pacific wild salmon — a keystone species crucial to British Columbia's ecosystems, economy and culture — are a vital part of a sustainable, prosperous future. More »

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The Food We Eat: An International Comparison of Pesticide Regulations

October 2006
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As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report offers eight key recommendations to reduce the use of the most hazardous pesticides. Starting with a comparison of Canada's pesticide regulations with similar standards in the United States, Europe, and Australia, this report presents compelling evidence that Canadian regulations are among the weakest in the industrialized world. More »

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Fireproof Whales and Contaminated Mother's Milk: The Inadequacy of Canada's Proposed PBDE Regulations

October 2006
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This short, 24-page report examines a group of chemicals used as flame-retardants (specifically PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers) that are found in a wide range of products including clothing, computers, motor vehicles, and furniture. PBDEs are accumulating at an exponential rate in several areas in Canada, including the Arctic. Canadian women and killer whales have some of the world's highest concentrations of these commonly encountered toxic chemicals. More »

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The Air We Breathe: An International Comparison of Air Quality Standards and Guidelines

August 2006
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As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 18-page report compares Canada's voluntary air quality guidelines with the legally binding national standards in the United States, Europe and Australia, as well as recommendations by the World Health Organization. The report concludes with several key, workable solutions for reducing the toll of air pollution on the health and well-being of Canadians. More »

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