Acid Rain Advocacy Simulation Workshop

You are warmly invited to attend an acid rain advocacy simulation workshop on Tues. Feb 9th from 2-4:30pm in the Upper Library at Massey College. 

In the 1980s, Canada was faced with dying lakes caused by acid rain, a large part of it coming from the USA. Advocacy by the Government of Canada, along with the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain (CCAR), resulted in a bilateral accord with the United States and the passage of the U.S. Clean Air Act—one of the most successful advocacy efforts ever for Canada in influencing the U.S. legislative process. How could this be achieved in today’s 24-7 hyperactive social media world?

This workshop will use acid rain as the context for a hands-on session on advocacy. Setting the stage will be Adele Hurley, co-chair of the CCAR, who will give us a bit of history on the issue. Commenting will be Jeremy Runnalls, Managing Editor of Corporate Knights magazine—Corporate Knights called CCAR “the most successful single-issue environmental group in North American history”.

Participants will first “caucus” into groups representing different stakeholders to devise advocacy strategies from different perspectives on the acid rain issue.  Each caucus will then send a representative to discuss in mixed stakeholder groups.

Adele Hurley and Jeremy Runnalls will be available to the groups in developing their advocacy strategies, along with session moderator, Deanna Horton, Senior Fellow at the Munk School, who recently led the Advocacy Secretariat at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

There is no required reading for this workshop, but students who are interested can check out this interesting oral history on the CCAR.

Space is limited – anyone interested in attending can RSVP with Nathan Lemphers at 



-Nathan Lemphers and Rosemary Martin

On behalf of the Massey College Environment Committee

Climate Change and the Morality to Act

Massey Talks! and the Massey Environment Committee present

“Climate Change and the Morality to Act”

In dialogue with Dr. Jack Costello, Adèle Hurley C.M., FRSC, & Dr. Stephen Scharper

In June of 2015 Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment that laid out an argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driver climate change.

What implications does the encyclical have for inspiring action to combat climate change? How should we, religious or otherwise, respond to and think about the encyclical? What are the ethical dimensions to action? What other arguments must be made in response to the “global threat of our time”?

Please join Massey Talks! and the Massey Environment Committee on February 10th, 2016 as we answer these, and other, pressing questions on the theme of climate change. On February 10th, 2016 we are proud to be joined by:

Dr. Jack Costello, Adjunct Professor at Regis College, Director of the Jesuit Refugeee and Migrant Service, Senior Fellow
• Jack Costello is a director of the Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service, chaplan and board member at Romero House for Refugees, member of the Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition, Council of Canadians, and PEN Canada.

Adèle Hurley C.M., FRSC, Director of the Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Quadrangler
• Adèle Hurley is the Director of the Program on Water Issues. In the 1980s, Adèle moved to Washington and co-founded the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain. For several years she worked on a successful campaign that brought about amendments to the US Clean Air Act, as well as regulations that reduced acid rain-causing pollutants from large Canadian emitters.


Dr. Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor Department of Anthropology (UTM) and School of the Environment, Senior Fellow
• Stephen Scharper’s research interests involve environmental ethics, environmental worldviews, liberation theology and ecology, religions and environmentalism, and ecological worldviews.
Following short presentations from each of our guests there will be a moderated discussion with participation from the audience.

Massey Talks! is an initiative of the Junior Fellowship that has occurred regularly for several years. Its purpose is to create new opportunities for Senior Fellows, Junior Fellows, and members of the Quadrangler Society to interact and engage in discussion.

Talks take place in the intimate setting of the Massey College Upper Library. Both speakers and members of the audience come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds and represent the best of the interdisciplinary spirit of the college.

Massey Talks! will take place on February 10th, from 7:45-8:45pm directly following the NRDIH.

No reservation is required. We hope to see you all there.

If you have any further questions please contact or

Fracking in a Permafrost Environment: Key Questions

What are the key scientific and engineering questions related to fracking for shale gas and oil in a permafrost environment? What do we know about potential impacts on freshwater resources? 

Fracking in a Permafrost Environment

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Christopher Burn, Dr. John Cherry,

and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

March 1, 2016

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs

University of Toronto

1 Devonshire Place

Toronto, ON   M5S 3K7

A recording of the webcast can be accessed here.

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Click here for the symposium agenda

Click here to download speaker, panel member, and moderator biographies

Keynote Biographies

Dr. Chris Burn

Geography and Environmental Studies

Carleton University


Chris Burn held the NSERC Northern Research Chair in Permafrost in the Yukon and Northwest Territories at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University 2002-2012.  He came to Canada in 1981 as a Commonwealth Scholar, and completed both the M.A. and Ph.D. at Carleton, studying permafrost. He then moved to UBC as a Killam Fellow, to study with J .Ross Mackay. In 1989 Chris was awarded an NSERC University Research Fellowship, which he took up at UBC, and brought back to Carleton in 1992. The emphasis of his research program is on the response of permafrost to surface disturbances, including climate change. His approach is field-based. He has concentrated his effort in the Mayo area, central Yukon, and in the western Arctic. He strives to describe the magnitude and rate of surface terrestrial processes, and to provide numerical or analytical solutions that reproduce ground behaviour.

His research program is distinctive in the extent of collaboration with northern agencies. At present the emphasis is with the Departments of Transportation in Yukon and NWT. He has led development of an interdisciplinary Master program in Northern Studies at Carleton, which has just undergone its external assessment. Chris has published 160 articles relating to environmental conditions in northwest Canada, mostly concerning permafrost.  He was involved in several public hearings of the National Energy Board and Joint Review Panel for the Mackenzie Gas Project, as part of INAC’s review team (2003-10). He worked for the EIRB in the review of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway (2012-13). He was co-Chair of Transport Canada’s network of Expertise in Northern Transportation Infrastructure Research (2011-13). In 2007 he received Roger J.E. Brown Award for contributions to permafrost science and engineering from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and in 2012 the quadrennial Permafrost and Periglacial Processes Prize for Excellence in Permafrost and Periglacial Research.


John Cherry 2012 PhotoDr. John Cherry

Director, University Consortium

Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo

John A. Cherry holds geological engineering degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of California Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1971 for field research on the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and their remediation. He retired from Waterloo in 2006, but he continues research as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He co-authored the textbook “Groundwater” with R.A. Freeze (1979) still in print and co-edited and co-authored several chapters in the book “Dense Chlorinated Solvents and Other DNAPLs in Groundwater” (1996). He has participated in the development of technologies for groundwater monitoring and remediation, co-holds several patents, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Member of the U.S. Academy of Engineering, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Neuchatel, and has received awards from scientific and engineering societies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He held the Research Chair in Contaminant Hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo from 1996 to 2006 and is currently the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research, Associate Director of G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater G360 – The Centre for Groundwater Research and Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. He was the Chair of the Canadian Expert Panel on the environmental impacts of shale gas development, report issued May, 2014 and he has lectured extensively on this topic in the United States and Canada.


Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cornell University

Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and a Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University where he has been since 1977. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. Dr. Ingraffea’s research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.  He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics and realistic representational methods in computational fracture mechanics.  He has authored with his students and research associates over 250 papers in these areas, and is Past-Director of the Cornell Fracture Group ( Since 1977, he has been a principal or co-principal investigator on over $36M in R&D projects from the NSF, EXXON, NASA Langley, Nichols Research, NASA Glenn, AFOSR, FAA, Kodak, U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, IBM, Schlumberger, Gas Technology Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, General Dynamics, Boeing, Caterpillar Tractor, DARPA, and Northrop Grumman.  Professor Ingraffea was a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation in 1984. For his research achievements in hydraulic fracturing he has won the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics “1994 Significant Paper Award”, and he has twice won the National Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Research in Rock Mechanics (1978, 1991). He became a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991, and named the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell in 1992.   His group won a NASA Group Achievement Award in 1996, and a NASA Aviation Safety /Turning Goals into Reality Award in 1999 for its work on the aging aircraft problem. He became Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2005. In 2006, he won ASTM’s George Irwin Medal for outstanding research in fracture mechanics, and in 2009 was named a Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture.  TIME Magazine named him one of its “People Who Mattered” in 2011, and he became the first president of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc. ( in that same year. He is a co-author of recent papers on methane emissions (2011, 2012), wellbore integrity in Pennsylvania (2014), and on conversion of New York (2012) and California (2014) to wind/sun/water power for all energy uses in the next few decades.


Elixir: Water Security and a Need for a National Strategy

The Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, was pleased to host:

Elixir: Water Security and a Need for a National Strategy

Lecture and Discussion with Tom Axworthy

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs

Secretary General, InterAction Council


December 2, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Library and Boardroom

Munk School of Global Affairs, Observatory Site

315 Bloor Street West

Toronto, ON M5S 1W7





Book Launch for David Boyd: Cleaner, Greener, Healthier & The Optimistic Environmentalist

The Program on Water Issues is pleased to host a lecture, discussion, and book launch for one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy, David R. Boyd. 

September 29, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm

Library & Boardroom

Munk School Observatory Site

315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1W7

Registration is required. 

To register visit:

Featuring two new books by David Boyd:

Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies (UBC Press, 2015)

Canadians are getting sick from toxins in their air, food, water, and consumer products. In Cleaner, Greener, Healthier, David Boyd sets out to remedy Canada’s environmental health problems. He begins by assessing the environmental burden of disease, identifies its unequal distribution, and estimates the associated economic costs. He then compares Canada’s environmental laws and policies with those in the US, Australia, and the EU, delivering a provocative diagnosis of the causes of Canada’s second-rate standards. Finally, he prescribes legal remedies that will enable Canada to catch up with the world’s environmental leaders while delivering substantial health and economic benefits.

The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progressing Towards a Greener Future (EWC Press, 2015). 


 A hopeful, inspiring, and honest take on the environment

Yes, the world faces substantial environmental challenges — climate change, pollution, and extinction. But the surprisingly good news is that we have solutions to these problems. In the past fifty years, a remarkable number of environmental problems have been solved, while substantial progress is ongoing on others.

The Optimistic Environmentalist chronicles these remarkable success stories. Endangered species — from bald eagles to gray whales — pulled back from the precipice of extinction. Thousands of new parks, protecting billions of hectares of land and water. The salvation of the ozone layer, vital to life on Earth. The exponential growth of renewable energy powered by wind, water, and sun. The race to be the greenest city in the world. Remarkable strides in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink. The banning of dozens of the world’s most toxic chemicals. A circular economy where waste is a thing of the past. Past successes pave the way for even greater achievements in the future.

Providing a powerful antidote to environmental despair, this book inspires optimism, leading readers to take action and exemplifying how change can happen. A bright green future is not only possible, it’s within our grasp.


About the Author
David R. Boyd is DavidRBoyd_opti001a leading Canadian expert in environmental law and policy and an adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. An award-winning author, Boyd has written several books, including The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progressing Towards a Greener Future; The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment; The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution; Dodging the Toxic Bullet; David Suzuki’s Green Guide (with David Suzuki); and Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy. He lives on Pender Island, on the west coast of Canada, with his partner Margot Venton and their daughter Meredith. For more information visit