R. Jeanette Martin
HIT: COUNCIL LEADS GREEN CHARGE
City facilities will now give the finger to bottled water (making T-dot the largest municipality to ban H20 to go), while toddlers at city daycares ready their bellies for 50 per cent more local food thanks to a new purchasing policy.
MISS: COUNCIL LICKS LOBLAWS' FANNY
Luckily, the ridiculous ban on paper cups is delayed (unfortunately, the equally silly endorsement of styrofoam wasn't), but we're still disappointed in Miller's Galen Weston ass-kiss job that leaves us with a piddly 5 cent bag fee. Come on.
HIT: BEAMING OVER THE BOREAL
McGuinty shocks us all in July by announcing that over half of the boreal forest will be protected from greedy developers to safeguard caribou, wolverines and others.
MISS: CARIBOU KISS-OFF
Too bad for the caribou living in the 1 million hectares of boreal habitat known as the Ogoki: it was just okayed for clear-cuts in November. We'll no doubt be blowing our noses on those trees by early 2009.
HIT: WE GET THE RIGHT TO KNOW
After years of fighting for info about the carcinogens being spat out by local industry, city council finally votes on December 1 for the community's right to know. The new bylaw requires businesses and city operations to publicly report their use and release of 25 toxic chems. This means you'll be able to hop online and snoop on polluters in your 'hood. What took them so long?
MISS: WE STOMP ON WATER RIGHTS
Okay, so it's not a "Toronto problem," but you can blame Queen's Park's enviro ministry for asininely okaying Dump Site 41, a Simcoe garbage dump over some of the most pristine aquifers in the province. Strike that - the world. Activists worry about travelling toxins, since these underground H2O bodies are near the headwaters of a creek that runs into the Wye Marsh and Georgian Bay. Just the kind of thing that gives Toronto 'crats a bad rap.
HIT: WE FIGHT BACK
In June 2008, Canada becomes the first country to face a lawsuit for failing to comply with our Kyoto commitments. Not so glorious, I know, but you have to love Friends of the Earth for trying.
MISS: WE LOSE
Sigh. Federal court rules the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act is not an issue the courts can meddle in, clearing the way for the feds to win multiple "Fossil of the Day" awards at the latest climate change meetings in Poland. (fossil-of-the-day.org). But bless its heart, FOE is appealing.
HIT: SIPPY CUPS ARE SAFE AGAIN
Gag, cough, gag. Just had to clear our throats before we give one final 2008 cheer for the feds for standing strong in October and banning baby bottles leaching bisphenol A, despite the fact that Europe and the U.S. are standing by the industry on this one.
MISS: SANTA DELIVERS POISON
While the U.S. banned a load of hormone-disrupting plastic softeners from toys this year, Canada is only just considering banning one - and that will make Canada a dumping ground for the world's toxic dolls and trains.
HIT: YES, WE (ALMOST) CAN
The NDP/Liberal coalition offers the possibility of making the economic recovery a green one. Let's keep the pressure on so all those action plan planks - clean energy and water, retrofitting and public transit - don't go poof along with the whole enterprise.
MISS: THE DEATH OF GREEN SHIFT
The public may have turned on Stéphane Dion, but we're definitely saddened to see the death of his progressive plan to shift taxes off incomes to planet-cooking carbon, jinxing any mention of green taxes for years to come.