Reports

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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Pesticide Use in Canada

June 2006
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This brief document reviews the 61 pesticides that are banned in other industrialized countries but still widely used in Canada. More »

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Wild Salmon Mortality Caused by Fish-Farm Sea Lice

June 2006
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This bulletin summarizes the research results of a peer-reviewed study that investigates the impact of sea lice infections on wild salmon caused by fish farms. The study shows that fish farms are changing the way wild salmon get infected with parasites. As a result, up to 95 per cent of wild juvenile pink and chum salmon are dying from sea lice infections in coastal British Columbia. This increases the weight of evidence that current open net pen farming must change. More »

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Forever Farmland: Reshaping the Agricultural Land Reserve for the 21st Century

March 2006
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This 30-page report looks at recent changes that threaten the integrity of British Columbia's Agricultural Land Reserve. The recommendations of Forever Farmland are two-fold: the province must give clear, comprehensive direction to the land commission to remain focused on the long-term; and the land commission must be enabled to carry out its original mandate of agricultural preservation. More »

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Conservation status and threats to species associated with old-growth forests within the range of the Northern Spotted Owl ...

February 2006
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_Conservation status and threats to species associated with old-growth forests within the range of the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in British Columbia, Canada_. This study, published in the February 2006 edition of Biodiversity, finds extensive wildlife endangerment in the old-growth habitat of the Northern Spotted Owl as a result of clearcut logging. More »

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All Over the Map: 2006 Status Report of Provincial Climate Change Plans

January 2006
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All Over the Map: 2006 Status Report of Provincial Climate Change Plans looks at provincial climate change efforts. It assesses each province's plan and analyzes each one's commitment to meet the challenges of climate change. With a couple of exceptions, most provinces and territories aren't leading in areas where they could be. More »

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Drive Green: Company Car Tax Shift

2005
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Drive Green: Company Car Tax Shift is a groundbreaking policy proposal to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The policy encourages employees to drive more fuel efficient company cars (pick-up trucks are excluded) by shifting some of the tax burden from efficient cars to those that pollute more. More »

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The Maple Leaf in the OECD: Comparing Progress toward Sustainability

2005
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This 44-page report, published in 2005, finds that Canada is among the weakest environmental performers (28th out of 30) in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. More »

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All Over the Map: A comparison of provincial climate change plans

2005
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This report looks at provincial and territorial action on climate change, compares their greenhouse gas emissions, assesses their climate change plans and evaluates their records. The report finds most provinces are doing little or nothing to address climate change. More »

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An Assessment of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Region's Effectiveness in Meeting its Conservation Mandate

2005
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This report, published in Spring 2005, is an in-depth analysis of DFO's Pacific operations. It concludes that urgent reform is needed within DFO in order to save Pacific fisheries. More »

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