The Problem of Sewage

Posted by on Nov 16, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

As our global and national population continues to grow, there are events that naturally follow.  For example, in 1950 the population of Toronto was about 1,068,305.  By 2021, the population had risen to 6,254,571.  That growth means more homes, more good and services, more roads, more parking lots and rooftops.  Where rainwater used to fall onto undeveloped areas, it is now collected, channeled, and in too many cases, combined with sanitary sewage.  During times of heavy...

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$2.5 Million Fine and Potential Uptick in Enforcement

Posted by on Oct 18, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Maintaining rail lines is an essential part of railroad operations. Quickly growing invasive weeds and woody plants can play havoc and is a safety hazard for railroad operations. Vegetation management is commonly achieved by the application of pesticides (pre and post emergent). Maintaining these lines must be done in a manner that is safe and protective of the environment. Environmental Violations Canadian National (CN) Railway was fined for improper application of...

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Supreme Court of Canada Sides with First Nations

Posted by on Sep 7, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

We recently discussed an environmental dispute between Domtar and a First Nations Community that may be headed to court. Another First Nations dispute settled recently in the Nation’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada. While the case is not what I thought at first glance (excess water), it is an interesting “history lesson” nonetheless. The Lac Seul First Nation Land Flooded The issue dates back to the 1920s when Canada and the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario...

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Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks Proposing Four New Initiatives

Posted by on Jul 12, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) is proposing four new initiatives. According to the MECP these initiatives include: Providing better tools and creating clear and consistent guidelines for municipalities that they may use to make land-use planning decisions that will reduce noise and odour impacts from industry. Proposing guidance on how industrial facilities, development proponents, and other members of the regulated community can anticipate,...

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Updates on PFAS in Canada, Regulating Plastics, and a Diamond Mine Fine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

An update to our May 3rd blog where we discussed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and a recent report of a release. In that blog, we shared news about a PFAS release. From our May 3rd blog, “Here is what we know about the site impacted by PFAS. Nine properties have been provided bottled water for cooking and drinking as the Department of National Defence addresses the presence PFAS substances near 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.” We also stated that PFAS...

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