Dr Brian Leclair passed away on March 22, 2007. He had been a senior engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Environment's standards development branch for the past four years. Brian had a PhD in chemical engineering and joined the MOE in 1987, having held positions in both the private and public sectors, Atomic Energy of Canada, Environment Canada, and Molson Ontario Breweries. During his distinguished career with the MOE, he worked on various programs such as Municipal-Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA), the Pollution Prevention Program, the SMOG Plan, and most recently VOC emissions from industry. A dedicated advocate for the environment, Brian was the author of numerous technical papers and had opted to continue working beyond his eligible retirement age.
John Roberts, a former federal Environment Minister, passed away in Toronto on March 31, 2007. He held the double portfolio of Science and Technology and Environment in Pierre Trudeau's cabinet from 1980 to 1983. At a time when the environment was a back-burner issue, he lobbied for acid rain controls in the face of U.S. skepticism, to the point of having the National Film Board make a documentary on the topic, Acid from Heaven.