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Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Aquatic birds are the most visibly affected organisms in an oil spill and a key measure of the environmental damage caused by them, such as the large spill off the coast of Peru last month. But accurately estimating how many birds have been affected requires pre-incident planning, says new research. With almost 900,000 tonnes of oil released into aquatic environments annually, pre-incident planning is critical to collecting pre-spill data

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What is clean electricity?

What is clean electricity?

Ontario’s nuclear plan raises questions about what is “clean” energy and the need for open, evidence-based decision-making around net-zero pathways. by Mark Winfield,  Colleen Kaiser In December, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced it will work with GE Hitachi to develop a new 300MW nuclear power reactor at the provincially owned utility’s Darlington site. The news was presented as

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Ontario on track to see major increases in greenhouse gas emissions

Ontario on track to see major increases in greenhouse gas emissions

Add pollution and costs from electricity generation to that list too By Mark WinfieldColleen Kaiser The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Annual Planning Outlook report released last week contains some very bad news for Ontarians in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air quality, and future electricity costs. The directions laid out in the report also present

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Mark Terry receives Order of Vaughan

Mark Terry receives Order of Vaughan

Mark Terry, a York University graduate, a faculty member with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, and a research Fellow with the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, is a recipient of the 2021 Order of Vaughan – the City of Vaughan’s highest civic honour. On Dec. 21, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua honoured Terry for his

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What Cargill workers want

What Cargill workers want

At the site of a massive COVID-19 outbreak at a meat-processing plant in southern Alberta, workers don’t want things to go back the way they were before. On a cold, windy November day, Freddy Vasquez cuts a small figure as the massive Cargill meat-processing plant near High River, Alta., looms behind him. "Now hiring," reads

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Planning Case Competition fosters experiential education for MES students

Planning Case Competition fosters experiential education for MES students

Students in York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) had an opportunity for innovative experiential education during the second virtual Planning Case Competition, held earlier this fall. The event, designed for Master in Environmental Studies (MES) planning students, was hosted by the MES York Planning Alumni Committee (MYPAC) and connects students with alumni

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Families of Quebec seniors who died in long-term care split on idea of public inquiry

Families of Quebec seniors who died in long-term care split on idea of public inquiry

While some feel only a full public inquiry will get answers, others fear it would be a waste of time In interview with Prof Mark Winfield As opposition politicians at the National Assembly unite in calls for a full public inquiry into the deaths of seniors at long term-care homes during the first wave of

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Cop26: Youth Climate report

Cop26: Youth Climate report

In the morning, the project Youth Climate Report work was presented. - an interactive documentary film project with a digital map showing over 400 videos of climate research produced by young people from all over the world. The Youth Climate Report is an interactive documentary film project that has been going on since 2011. Where young

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Kean Birch: Big Tech poses challenges our outdated competition laws were not designed to address

Kean Birch: Big Tech poses challenges our outdated competition laws were not designed to address

Those who think competition law does not need to be updated to address the harms caused by Big Tech fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the high-tech giants Author of the article: Kean Birch, Special to National Post Publishing date: Nov 29, 2021 Everywhere we look around the world, competition policy and laws are being redrawn

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Ontario’s return to the business of building roads to sprawl

Ontario’s return to the business of building roads to sprawl

By Prof. Mark Winfield Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris’s “common sense revolution” heralded a of shredding the province’s planning rules, and proposals for a network of highway expansions in every direction outward across the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s plans prompted a backlash. Harris’ approach was widely seen as a strategy for sprawling urban development that threatened the

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