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

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

Book launch: Down the Drain – How We are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources

The Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, welcomes you to attend a book launch and presentation by authors Ralph Pentland and Chris Wood for their new book:

Down the Drain: How We are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources

A recording of the event, including author presentations and Q & A session, is now available here!

Books are available to order online here

This is event was held on Thursday, June 6, 2013

11am-12pm: Author presentations and Q & A

12pm- 1pm: Light lunch and book signing


Down the Drain

Environment Commissioner Briefing- Webcast

On March 7, 2013, the Program on Water Issues was pleased to present a Report Briefing By Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan, and Quebec Sustainable Development Commissioner, Jean Cinq-Mars

The Commissioners made presentations on their most recent reports, with an emphasis on water-related issues. Remarks by the Commissioners were followed by a 45 minute question and discussion period with participants (both in-house and via webcast).

A recording of the webcast can be viewed here:


Download the agenda here.

Download the Speaker Biographies here. 

Download the Participant Biographies here.

Relevant chapters of the most recent report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada can be found at the following links:

The most recent report by the Quebec Sustainable Development Commissioner can be found here:


Lecture, Webcast and Book Launch
“The Environmental Rights Revolution” and “The Right to a Healthy Environment”
by David R. Boyd

The Program on Water Issues is pleased to host a Lecture and Book launch for David R. Boyd, based on his new books The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment (UBC Press, 2011) and The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution (UBC Press, 2012)

11:30am – 12:30 pm Light lunch

12:30pm – 1:30 pm Lecture and Q&A

1:30pm – 2:00 pm Book signing

Did you miss the conference? Watch the webcast here.

Download Invitation here.