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Nature-wide thinking must replace climate tunnel vision

Guest Comment By Max Boucher As world leaders and the large contingent of NGO, community, business and finance representatives pivot from climate talks at the...

Partial pause of Ontario’s Excess Soil Regulation announced

On April 20, 2022, O. Regulation 388/22 (the “Amending Regulation”) came into effect pausing certain requirements of the Regulation until December 31, 2022.
UN Sustainable Development Goals

The COVID-19 pandemic can be a catalyst towards sustainability thinking

The UN General Assembly sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Not only did the pandemic take the limelight off the SDGs in most countries, but it also removed these goals in the short term from partial and general planning at both national and international levels.

Understanding Extended Producer Responsibility: The Basics

Extended producer responsibility is a policy strategy where producers must take responsibility for the end-of-life management of their products.
Steve Davey at WEFTEC 2021

Appreciating the value of face-to-face networking opportunities

While the 2021 tradeshow and attendance were about half of what they were for 2019, there was a sense of comfort that the event signaled the return of live events after a two-year hiatus. Most exhibitors I spoke with felt it was important to attend, as those walking the show were involved in projects and needed to learn about new equipment, technologies, etc.
Princess Point, Cootes Paradise in Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton’s ‘Sewergate’ shows there will be future wastewater spills

Hamilton is home to one of the oldest and most complex level IV sewage collection systems anywhere and is situated in the centre of a highly eco-sensitive area. It could be the model of how a highly industrialized city handles their sewage, but environmental horror stories just keep occurring in the area year after year, decade after decade.
Editorial comment by Steve Davey

What did the Trump presidency mean for the environment and for Canada?

Back in ES&E’s February 2017 issue, I commented that like it or not, Canadians would have to accept that Donald J. Trump had become the 45th President of the United States. This put many long-standing political issues in flux, including cross-border trade, infrastructure, water, climate change, etc.
Business and climate change

How climate change is affecting the consulting engineering sector

Government and other stakeholders will drag companies out of their silos to face a warming planet's challenges. Smart businesses will not wait for this, they will be proactive and partner with governments and others to shift the economy.
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New regulations may help control the cost of dealing with excess construction soils

Jeff Goldman of SoilFLO looks at how Ontario’s new regulations for the management of excess soil from construction projects will mean greater transparency and accountability, but user buy-in is needed.
Steve Davey editorial

2020 – The year the earth stood still

By Steve Davey “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is a classic 1951 film about a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu that comes to Earth,...
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What role can infrastructure play in the global economic recovery?

Michael S. Burke, chairman and CEO of AECOM, looks at how infrastructure plays a key role in the global economic recovery from the coronavirus, and draws from past examples that can serve as inspiration.
Waste site

Canada needs more provincial regulations for per- and polyfluoroalkylated substances

Many jurisdictions around the world are setting regulations and standards for specific PFAS and are taking steps to assess their potential for human exposure. But, aside from British Columbia, we haven’t seen any guidelines from Canadian provinces on PFAS.
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Useful articles and resources to help you navigate COVID-19

To help those with environmental responsibilities navigate the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we've created this page to gather resources and articles relating to water, wastewater and environmental protection fields, including industry event updates.
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Letter: In defense of flushable wipes

Wastewater operators are facing an increased amount of inappropriate solid waste flushed down toilets, causing clogs in wastewater systems.
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How the RFP process is impacting water and wastewater project financing

Population growth does’t always coincide with good economic trends or government income, which is needed to finance water and wastewater infrastructure.
Tony Petrucci and Penny Davey

My journey to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis

By Tony Petrucci Can you imagine a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation? It’s not an impossible vision. Last...

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