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The CIELAP study focussed specifically on the TSSA, given the significance of its mandate from the perspectives of public safety and the environment.
In its conclusions, the CIELAP study highlights the "lack of meaningful policy direction given to the Authority," leaving the TSSA to effectively define its own mandate.
In that document, CIELAP identified 12 key elements for a responsible Canadian approach to policy for this fast-evolving field.
CIELAP supports a context for nanotechnology policy that is based on an explicit recognition and endorsement of sustainable development, with all that implies for equally valuing both human well-being and the environment.
Fundamental reform is required," says Mark Winfield, Director of Research with CIELAP.
Mark Winfield, co-author and CIELAP's Director of Research, says, "a fundamental difficulty of the Canadian biotech regulatory approach is that it is built on a foundation riddled with conflict of interest.
CIELAP's Executive Director Anne Mitchell says, "This report is a milestone in the Canadian biotech debate.
CIELAP researcher and report author Mark Winfield writes: "The four years following the [1995] election witnessed a dismantling of environmental laws and institutions without precedent in the province's history." This was, says Winfield, largely due to massive budget cutbacks, staff reductions and deregulation.
But according to the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), the Earth Summit secretariat is poorly funded and poorly organized for the task.
Written by Mark Winfield, and entitled Ontario's Environment and the Common Sense Revolution, the CIELAP report states bluntly: "The election of the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Mike Harris on June 8, 1995, is emerging as a critical watershed in environmental protection and natural resources management in the province of Ontario.
8 For a review of environmental policy in Ontario and six other provinces see Mark Winfield, The Ontario Regulation and Policy-Making Process in a Comparative Context: An Exploration of the Possibilities for Reform (Toronto: Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), 1996).
"The Collaborative's strategy shows that we can protect the environment and save money," says Anne Mitchell, executive director of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP).