Edited by Allan Greenbaum, Ron Puschak and Alex Wellington. Contributors include David Donnelly who co-authored two articles: "Weak Environmental Law Enforcement in Canada: a Continuing Well-kept Secret" and "Property Rights in Canada: Ontario's Greenbelt Act". Canadian Issues in Environmental Law and Policy is a stimulating multidisciplinary collection of classic, recent and original readings on environmental regulation, litigation and assessment in Canada. The contributors represent a wide range of scholarly and professional expertise, substantive concerns, and points of view. Topics include the regulatory system in Canada, constitutional and jurisdictional issues, policy instruments (including “command and control” regulations, green taxes, and cap-and-trade schemes), environmental assessment, standard setting, and enforcement of environmental law in Canada. More than one third of the readings concern topical controversies around science, risk, health, and the precautionary principle, and related issues, such as pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and drinking water borne hazards (such as the pathogens that killed seven and sickened thousands in Walkerton, Ontario).
The readings explore how issues in environmental law and policy (such as who should bear what burden of proof in litigation and regulatory risk assessment) turn on fundamental political questions about the proper relationship between government, business, and civil society, and the tensions among competing conceptions and rankings of security, liberty, equality, and democracy. The collection reflects a wide range of views in hopes of engaging readers to take part in the discussions on this crucially important and urgent issue of our society today — the environment.
An invaluable resource for anyone interested in environmental law and its social impact, Canadian Issues in Environmental Law and Policy helps readers to appreciate that the law pertaining to the environment is not fixed and static but, rather, is a set of social practices engaged in and carried out by many people performing distinct roles, including judges, lawyers, bureaucrats, policy-makers, and politicians.