Reports

Prescription for a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environment Health Strategy

September 2007
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This report examines key environmental health issues in Canada, assesses shortcomings in Canadian environmental policy in these areas, and considers innovative approaches in other jurisdictions. The David Suzuki Foundation recommends that Canada develop and implement a national strategy to ensure coordinated, effective, and timely action to address environmental health concerns. More »

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Northern Exposure: Acute Pesticide Poisonings in Canada

June 2007
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Northern Exposure counts the thousands of Canadians that have suffered from acute poisoning from pesticides. The report is a wake-up call to federal and provincial governments to take action to protect Canadians from the dangers of pesticides. More »

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Rich Wildlife, Poor Protection: The urgent need for strong legal protection of British Columbia's biodiversity

June 2007
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Rich Wildlife, Poor Protection investigates 3,672 native and regularly occurring terrestrial and freshwater species and subspecies in B.C. This is the first Canadian study to report endangerment below the species level. More »

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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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