The excessively broad risk of personal liability for municipal councillors and staff in the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act was supposed to improve public health and safety, but could it do the opposite, by frightening individuals into making poor public policy decisions? Opponents of fluoridation have started to threaten councillors with personal liability for fluoridated water, in the hope of changing municipal policy on water treatment. The province created this problem, and they should fix it. [click to continue…]
Last week, Ontario beekeepers filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million dollars in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides.
This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm caused by the pesticides which have been identified as potentially responsible for the worldwide phenomenon and mystery known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Since the 1970s, but reaching obvious and disturbing levels in 2006, honeybees have been dropping like flies prompting scientists around the world to research potential causes which include cell phone radiation, parasites, and the thinning ozone layer. After 8 years, the conversation has focused on neonicotinoids.
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