New Publications, Fall 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008 10:01:00 AM

Publication News

DAVID ISRAELSON. 2008. How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes Basin: Pipelines, Refineries and Emissions to Air and Water.  Program on Water Issues, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. 50 pages.
This report was released on October 8, 2008 by the Program on Water Issues of the University of Toronto Munk Centre for International Studies' at a conference intended to provide an opportunity to inform public opinion about the impacts of refinery expansion in the Great Lakes Basin to accommodate crude oil from the Alberta oil sands, drawing on data analysis, shared information and public discussion. Emphasis was placed on the cumulative effect of refinery expansions on water quality, air quality and human and non-human downwind communities in the Basin. The conference provided a bilateral opportunity for interactive public comment and dialogue from experts involved in a wide range of disciplines. Panel members representing government, environmental sciences, law, non-government organizations, academia, industry and the business community shared points of view on issues relating to the refinery expansion.

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David Israelson is a Vice President and Partner with Media Profile, a Toronto-based public relations and communications firm.

TED KESIK and ANNE MILLER. 2008.  Toronto Green Development Standard Cost-Benefit Study. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto. 236 pages.
A cost-benefit study was conducted on behalf of the City of Toronto as part of the City's larger process to develop, implement and evolve the Toronto Green Development Standard (TGDS). TGDS is among a number of instruments being fashioned by the City to address the negative impacts associated with urban growth and is a bio-regional approach to green development that recognizes the unique ecosystem that Toronto shares with the numerous communities that border the Great Lakes. The cost-benefit study concludes that the benefits derived from green development overwhelmingly outweigh the costs associated with building better. The marginal premium invested in measures to address the bio-regional drivers aimed at more sustainable forms of urban development can significantly improve the environmental, social and economic future, not only for Toronto, but the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe Region. The study identifies the key opportunities for the development or improvement of practices, products and services that enable cost effective green development, while enhancing the competitiveness of Ontario's building industry. Recommendations are also made to all three levels of government, the development industry and consumers.

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The six appendices supporting the study findings are available at:

Ted Kesik is an Associate Professor and Anne Miller is a graduate architect from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

LOUIS W. PAULY and WILLIAM D. COLEMAN. 2008. Global Ordering: Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World. University of British Columbia Press. 352 pages.
Despite myriad global forces influencing the lives of individuals, societies, and polities, people continue to value their personal and communal independence. They insist on shaping the conditions of their existence to the fullest extent possible. At the same time, many formal and informal institutions - from transnational legal and financial regimes to new governance arrangements for aboriginal communities in environmentally sensitive regions - are evolving, adapting to meet new challenges, or failing to adjust rapidly enough. This book examines the key institutions and organizations that mediate the ever-more complex relationship between globalization and autonomy. Bringing together an outstanding group of scholars, this ground-breaking book contributes significantly to the work of re-imagining the circumstances under which integrative systemic forces can be brought into alignment with irreducible commitments to individual and collective autonomy. It is important work that maps the new frontier of globalization studies.

Louis W. Pauly is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance at the University of Toronto. William D. Coleman is Canada Research Chair in Global Governance and Public Policy at McMaster University.

GRACE SKOGSTAD. 2008. Internationalization and Canadian Agriculture: Policy and Governing Paradigms: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy. University of Toronto Press. 352 pages.
In recent decades, Canada's agricultural industry, one of the world's largest, has had to adjust to global trade developments such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization. This book examines the patterns of continuity and change in Canadian agricultural policy making in important areas like farm income support programs, prairie grain marketing, supply management, animal and food product safety, and the regulation of genetically modified crops and foods. Arguing that the effects of internationalization have been mediated by Canada's political institutional framework, the author demonstrates how the goals and strategies of authoritative political actors in Canada's federal and parliamentary systems have been decisive to policy developments. Professor Skogstad details the interaction between agriculture and the political economy of Canada, shows how international and domestic trade shape Canadian agricultural policies, and argues that while agricultural programs have changed, the post-war state assistance agricultural paradigm has persisted. A thorough political analysis and history of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Canadian agricultural policy and policy-making, Internationalization of Canadian Agriculture is an important contribution to political economy and public policy.

Grace Skogstad is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

INGRID LEMAN STEFANOVIC. 2008. "Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Toronto: The University of Toronto and the City's UNU Regional Centre of Expertise". International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Special issue on Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development 9(4): 416-427.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the role that the University of Toronto has had in helping to establish a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development in Toronto, Canada. The way in which the RCE initiative has helped to move forward the university's own five-year plan is also discussed. The paper begins with a historical overview of the development of the Toronto RCE, acknowledging the diverse range of NGO, governmental and educational institutions that collaborate within this network. It then describes how the RCE initiative is helping to advance the objectives of the University of Toronto's own five-year plan. Finally, the paper details how the University of Toronto has supported specific projects of the RCE, and where it hopes to help to lead the RCE into the next phase of its development. In addition to presenting a case study of an RCE, the paper includes critical discussion of broader conceptual issues, such as how one might best interpret "interdisciplinarity" and community "outreach" in a university setting. The UN University's RCE is, in itself, a highly original and valuable initiative. The paper describes one of these networks and its own, unique focus, while also drawing conclusions about how universities might more actively engage with community partners to advance environmental awareness.

U of T faculty, staff and students may obtain free copies of the papers in this special issue at:

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Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is Director of the Centre for Environment.

City of Toronto Biosolids and Residuals Master Plan Decision-Making Model Peer Review: Peer Review Panel Report. February 2008. Ehl Harrison Consulting Inc. and Genivar.  44 pages.
In May 2007, Ehl Harrison Consulting Inc. (EHC), in partnership with Genivar, was retained by the City of Toronto to coordinate and facilitate a peer review of the decision-making process employed in the creation of the draft Biosolids and Residual Master Plan (BRMP) completed in September 2004. The peer review by a panel of experts in biosolids management and environmental decision-making included Ida Ferrara, Assistant Professor of Economics at York University; Paul Kadota, Program Manager for Metro Vancouver's biosolids recycling program; Mark Meckes, Scientist, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; David Pengelly, Professor Emeritus, Engineering Physics, and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University; Lesbia Smith, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lala School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Director, Centre for Environment, University of Toronto; and Paul Voroney, Professor, Land Resource Science Department, University of Guelph.

The peer review focussed on the decision-making model used to determine the recommendations of the plan; the decision-making criteria; and, the scoring that was used to determine the recommended residuals and biosolids management options and strategies for the City's water and wastewater treatment plants. The panel found that the decision-making model used in the City of Toronto's BRMP is commonly used in master plans and environmental assessments and, to that extent, is not an unreasonable decision-making model. The Panel did, however, find shortcomings in its implementation. The report includes critical comments and recommendations to assist the City to move forward with a comprehensive plan.

A free download of the report is available at: