Eco icon David Suzuki had some strong words for the mayor when he dropped in last week to urge the setting up of an online registry for industrial polluters. Right now, a staggering 40,000 companies in the city - that's more than 95 per cent - fall below the reporting threshold, which only requires reporting amounts of pollutants greater than 10 tonnes per year. Last spring, the Board of Health announced with some fanfare plans for a right-to-know bylaw but, alas, backed off and urged more talks (read more foot-dragging) with "stakeholders." It's in Miller's hands now. His people say he's planning to include some form of waste disclosure in his smog plan. Yes, it's complicated. A bylaw will require a huge amount of co-operation from several city departments. But how long are we going to go on believing that industry canard that discharges are proprietary info and that disclosing discharges may compromise a company's "competitiveness"? Let's hope not another 20 years.
Additional Audio Clips : Global Warming David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis Speak
The theme was If We Were PrimeMinister, Monday February 12 whenSuzuki and Lewis conversed infront of anaudience at the Winter Garden. Here's whatthey said.
David Suzuki on the narrow window for change
David Suzuki on what would you do if you were prime minster
David Suzuki on setting up the environment bonds that we can all invest in
Stephen Lewis on politikcing around Kyoto targets
Stephen Lewis on third world women suffering form global warming most
David Suzuki on going to the moon for the environment