Canada's Pollution Webinar

Canada's Pollution? Where? What? How to Find Out?

Webinar on Canada's Pollution

A glasswaters foundation webinar executed by the Watershed Sentinel Educational Society.

As we work to protect our environments, it is essential that we know what pollutants are already affecting our communities and what pollutants are likely to arrive along with new industrial projects. This information is available from the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) through data it collects on emissions from most major pollution sources in Canada. In this webinar we take a look at what information is there and how to use it. Our presenters are all experienced environmental advocates who have used the NPRI to organize and mobilize. This webinar took place on March 23, 2022.

Video & PowerPoint Presentations:


Webinar speakers:

John Jackson
John has been heavily involved in public input into the National Pollutant Release Inventory for the past thirty years. He was an environmental group representative on the advisory committee that the Minister of the Environment set up in 1991 to develop a proposal for a NPRI for Canada. Ever since, he has been part of the Multi-Stakeholder Work Group that advises on the NPRI. Over the past forty years John has worked with citizens’ groups on a wide range of environmental problems including waste issues, including radioactive waste, and water quality and quantity issues. Much of his work is in the Great Lakes basin where he works with binational groups on cross-border issues. He is a member of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board. John lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Anna Tilman
Anna has been involved in a wide range of social and environmental issues and associated with numerous Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs), including the International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH), STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine) Coalition, and currently, the Watershed Sentinel Educational Society (WSES). As an ENGO representative and a strong advocate of public right-to-know, she has participated in numerous consultations, primarily related to air issues and toxic substances, nationally and internationally, with a primary focus on mercury. She was an ENGO delegate to the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury.
For several years she has been an ENGO representative on the Working Group of Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), now representing Watershed Sentinel Education Society (WSES). In addition, she has been a NGO representative on North America’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Program, which compares pollutant inventories of Canada, the Unites States, and Mexico. Over the past decade, she has been working on numerous facets of the nuclear chain in Canada, including as an intervener in hearings carried out by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and as a writer (e.g., “On the Yellowcake Trail” series, published in the Watershed Sentinel).

Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens is president of CHOKED (about our health!), a kitchen table enviro group in Smithers, BC. They are cranky about local utterly needless air pollution and with his friends he’s spent 20-odd years in court and regulatory processes trying to make a difference. Engineering school (chemical) way back when helped to take in the technical landscape he ran into, and so did school and employment at SFU in computer science and computer programming. Nowadays he does what all geezer activists do – he’s substituted staring at computer screens for demonstrating. But it all helps.

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