A 10-Second Environmental Compliance Check Up

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021 in Blog |

If you have a question about an environmental compliance issue, or would like us to address a specific environmental compliance issue in the future, contact Christopher Paré, P.Geo. at 519-948-7300, ext. 114. Environmental Compliance Tips and Insights 2021 March: Environmental Enforcement Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued me a verbal warning. Will I receive something in writing? Yes. According to ECCC, warnings will always be given in writing. Enforcement...

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2021 Environmental Enforcement News in Canada is Underway

Posted by on Jan 28, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Environmental Enforcement news in Canada has kicked off 2021 with a significant penalty. The events that led to the settlements below occurred a few years ago, but the settlements happened in 2021. $675,000 Settlement Environment and Climate Change Canada reports, “On January 21, 2021, the Compagnie d’Arrimage de Québec Ltée pleaded guilty in the Court of Quebec in the District of Québec to one count of contravening the Fisheries Act. The company was fined $100,000. In...

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Environmental Release to Air and Issues with Odours

Posted by on Jan 11, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

An article from last summer discusses why environmental management is a great educational/career path this way, “You can change the world for the better.” That’s a nice sound bite for university recruiting, but perhaps a bit idealistic. Nowhere in university recruiting material are you likely to find them promoting the often mundane reporting requirements, limited budgets with increased responsibilities, or the headaches when, despite your best efforts, you have to deal...

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Environmental Contaminants Measured in Canadians

Posted by on Dec 21, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

In our environmental site assessments, we evaluate chemicals (in soil, water, and air) based on regulatory standards established by the provincial or federal government.  These limits are established based on what is protective of human health and the environment. Canadian Health Measures Survey Looking, specifically, at the human health aspect is the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS).  This survey, among other things, tests humans (blood and urine) for certain...

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Ontario Auditor General Report and Environmental Targets and Monitoring

Posted by on Dec 7, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

The focus of our blogs, environmental compliance tips, webinars, etc…is typically on the nuts and bolts of environmental compliance, assessment, and remediation. Occasionally, we look at the bigger picture issues because they may eventually have some bearing on the nuts and bolts issues. One of those big picture issues is a look at the annual report from the Auditor General of Ontario. You may recall that since 1994 the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) had acted...

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Environmental Violations Lead to Fines

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Environmental violations and the subsequent penalties can take months or years to “settle.”  When the violation is of federal environmental laws, there is the potential prospect of getting your name added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. According to the Government of Canada, “The registry includes convictions of corporations obtained through court proceedings.  Court prosecutions are one of several enforcement measures that may be used when violations or potential...

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