On December 3rd, 2008, Toronto City Council voted for a precedent setting toxics disclosure policy. With an overwhelming vote of 33-3, Toronto became the first city that would require businesses - from dry cleaners to funeral homes and auto-body repair shops - to reveal their discharges of 25 priority chemicals.
The Community Right to Know bylaw (CRTK) will be phased in over four years starting in 2010.
TEA’s CRTK campaign was launched in 2004. Over the course of the campaign, the popular Toxics in Toronto map captured the attention of Torontonians. It highlighted the air emissions across Toronto currently being reported and more importantly, stressed the importance of what we don’t know. TEA and community supporters launched the Secrecy is Toxic website as an online enagagement tool that won the 2008 Summit Creative Award for it's creative design.
Other highlights include the outpouring of support - over 50 community, health, labour, business, and environmental groups signed on to support the initiative, David Suzuki advocated at City Hall for the 'right to know', and hundreds of Torontonians sent messages to City Hall calling on them to enact this groundbreaking policy.
Toronto residents should be proud, with your ongoing support we have paved the way for other cities across Canada to initiate and adopt similar bylaws – we all have a right to know!