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Did you know?

Did you know?

Cotton is said to be the world’s most polluting crop, responsible for as much as 25 percent of the world’s pesticide use. The production of nylon is responsible for up to 25 percent of the United Kingdom’s nitrous oxide emissions. According to studies the World Wildlife Fund has cited, only about 1 percent of pesticides […]

Tree follies

Tree follies

by Conor Mihell Following a devastating series of layoffs in northern Ontario’s forest industry triggered by downturns in the U.S. market, the prospect of opening a wood-processing mill in Chapleau that would provide 40 local jobs received widespread and enthusiastic support in the town of 1,700, located northwest of Sudbury.

Water works

Water works

by Jim MacInnis Recently proposed changes to an admittedly creaky piece of legislation – dating back to 1882 – are giving paddlers a sinking feeling. The Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) was enacted during John A. Macdonald’s tenure as prime minister to protect the public right of navigation on Canadian rivers and waterways.

Cool science

Cool science

by Allan Britnell A typical student’s science fair project might analyze local sources of acid rain or show how to grow crystals. Big thinker Daniel Burd, a grade 11 student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, decided to tackle, in one fell swoop, a common source of household clutter and a growing global ecological problem: plastic bags.

A bigger, better Greenbelt

A bigger, better Greenbelt

by Anne Bell Ontario’s Greenbelt, covering 728,000 hectares of land that surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, may become even larger. The provincial government has been holding public meetings seeking input on draft criteria to expand the Greenbelt. These criteria will allow for input from community members and organizations in response to proposed expansions, and will ensure […]

Hidden health hazards

Hidden health hazards

by Julee Boan Aging signs warning visitors of health risks from asbestos are the only visible evidence of the contaminants in the soil and air surrounding 17 former military sites scattered across Ontario’s Hudson Bay coastline. Abandoned in 1965, the sites were to function as early indicators of a military attack by detecting aircraft through […]

Chemical cutbacks

Chemical cutbacks

by Sharon Oosthoek A City of Toronto bylaw requiring that small and medium-sized businesses report the use and release of certain toxic chemicals would, if it passes, be precedent setting. Federal regulations demanding accountability for the use and release of chemicals exist but pertain only to large companies. This means that less than 3 percent […]

Great white birds

Great white birds

by Douglas Hunter When four American white pelicans touched down in Owen Sound harbour last May, their unexpected arrival made headlines. The sighting was one of several in the spring of 2008 in the central Great Lakes. Pelicans were also spotted on Michigan’s Saginaw Bay, at Cheboygan on the Straits of Mackinac and along Michigan’s […]