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International Water Services Flushability Group launches new website

The International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG) has launched their website, featuring updates on the collaborative international effort to develop and enforce standards for flushable...
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Wastewater and stormwater management investments in Pilot Butte, SK

Federal, provincial and municipal funding to upgrade and expand wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater management systems in the Town of Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, was...
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Construction company fined for Ontario Water Resources Act violations

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) announced that Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited (TCCL) was fined $220,000 on July 21, 2017, for...
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London dry cleaner fined for environmental offence

Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd., located in London, Ontario, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice on June 7, 2017, to two counts of...

Some Canadian provinces have already met their 2030 GHG emissions targets

Under the Paris Agreement, Canada committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. However, according to the Canadian...
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World Water Day is worth paying attention to year round

World Water Day is an annual awareness project, officially celebrated on March 22, but worthy of our attention all year round.
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The Kinsmen Club fined $2,000 for Safe Drinking Water Act Violations

The Kinsmen Club of Stratford Incorporated has been fined for failing to ensure that no drinking water was supplied after a shutdown period of...
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Company sentenced to pay $3.5 million for Obed Mountain mine spill

Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC (formerly known as Coal Valley Resources Inc.) pleaded guilty in Alberta Provincial Court on June 9, 2017, to two...
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Ontario introduces new water bottling fee

Beginning August 1, 2017, water bottlers in Ontario will pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken. The announcement was made by the...

Support announced for agricultural water and fertilizer management

The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced a contribution of more than $2.9 million for two McGill University projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas...
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Recent Canadian infrastructure funding announcements

Alberta The government of Alberta announced on May 29, 2017, more than $131 million from the Water for Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership...
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Funding announced for Canadian water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects

Funding was recently announced for a number of environmental and infrastructure projects across Canada. Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine has compiled these announcements and...
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Contractor fined for discharging sediment to, and impairing water quality in, adjacent streams

2280577 Ontario Inc. (formerly Naylor Renewable Energy Inc.) pleaded guilty to three offences and was fined $600,000 for causing or permitting the discharge of...
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Funding announced for upgrades to solid waste management and water and wastewater systems in...

Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, and Nunavut Minister of Community and Government Services, Joe Savikataaq, announced over $230 million in joint...
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XCG Consulting sells its water group to Cole Engineering

XCG Consulting Ltd. (XCG) announced on May 2, 2017 that it has sold the XCG Water Group, as well as the XCG Training and...
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Disperse Yellow 3 dye to be added to CEPA Schedule 1 List of Toxic...

The federal government has made a recommendation to add Disperse Yellow 3 – an azo disperse dye – to Schedule 1 (List of Toxic...
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Mining company ordered to pay penalty for Fisheries Act violation in Nunavut

On May 1, 2017, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pleaded guilty, in the Nunavut Court of Justice, to one offence under the Fisheries Act. The court...

MOECC posts Excess Soil Management Regulatory Proposal

On April 24, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released, "Excess Soil Management Regulatory Proposal" - a regulation proposal notice...
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St. Margarets, NB receives funding for water infrastructure upgrades

The community of St. Margarets, New Brunswick has received an estimated $2.15 million in funding for upgrades to their water infrastructure. The project, announced on...
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Transport Canada proposing enhancements to Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs) regulations

Transport Canada released on March 27, 2017, "Enhancing the regulatory framework for emergency response assistance plans (ERAPs)" - a consultation document on proposed amendments...

Back to the future for Fisheries Act

On February 24, 2017, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans tabled its latest report on the 2012 amendments to the...

Experts say Trump environmental budget cuts could be ‘grim’

The public is getting its first look at the Trump administration budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal agencies such as the Environmental...
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Saskatchewan to strengthen pipeline regulations following Husky spill

Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan announced on March 23, 2017 that the Ministry of the Economy completed its investigation of the Husky...

Village of Westport fined for Ontario Water Resources Act violation

The Corporation of the Village of Westport pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $10,000 for operating a sewage treatment plant without adhering...
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Petroleum company fined for failing to comply with Ministry order

On March 1, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a news release stating that Valero Energy Inc. was ordered to pay a...
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Whitehorse-based company to pay penalty relating to diesel spill

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced on March 10, 2017, that Air North Charter and Training Ltd. will pay a penalty of $80,000...
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Infrastructure funding announced for BC and NFLD

March has seen a number of infrastructure announcements across Canada as 2017 budgets are released. Read on to learn about funding for water, wastewater...
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New environmental emergency regulations will require companies to provide more information on substances

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently announced that it is in the process of finalizing new federal Environmental Emergency Regulations designed to improve...

MOECC to finalize new Excess Soil Management Framework

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently announced its decision to proceed and finalize Ontario’s comprehensive new Excess Soil Management Policy...
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GE Water acquired by SUEZ and CDPQ

SUEZ announced on March 8, 2017 that, together with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), it has entered into a binding agreement...
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Company fined for violating Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations

On February 9, 2017, Fibrek S.E.N.C. pleaded guilty to two charges, and it was fined $125,000 for violating the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations...

Canadian water and wastewater funding news

Infrastructure funding was recently announced for water and wastewater projects in south central Saskatchewan and Montebello, Quebec. Saskatchewan funding The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along...
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Construction company fined $120,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations

Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd. pleaded guilty to two offences and was fined $120,000 for discharging a material into water that may impair the...
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Seattle wastewater treatment plant working to resume operations following massive sewage spill

Crews are working to restore normal operations at King County's West Point wastewater treatment plant in Seattle, following an early morning equipment failure on...
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Alberta providing support to 31 bioenergy companies

Bioenergy is low-carbon energy or fuel made from agricultural products such as crops and livestock waste. The government of Alberta is committing $60-million to...
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Funding for new Saskatchewan wastewater treatment facility announced

The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan announced funding for a new wastewater treatment facility in the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte...
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Wastewater infrastructure funding announced for NFLD

Newfoundland and Labrador announced millions in funding for two wastewater projects in the province on February 13, 2017. Gander Over $22 million in joint funding was...
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Ecofish Research announces acquisition of ECODynamic Solutions

Ecofish Research Ltd. announced on January 27, 2017, the acquisition of ECODynamic Solutions Inc. (EDS), a  environmental construction monitoring firm located in Courtenay, B.C. A...

GE Water and the University of Guelph collaborate on energy neutral wastewater treatment

GE’s Water & Process Technologies today announced it is collaborating with the University of Guelph on a wastewater research initiative to maximize renewable energy...

SaskWater announces two year rate adjustment

SaskWater announced a two year rate adjustment for customers receiving potable and non-potable water. Rate adjustments vary by system and will take effect in...

Canada’s infrastructure plan is a chance to address urban water issues, report

A new report released by the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) urges the federal government to make innovative and sustainable urban water infrastructure...

Filling in the information gap with water system pilot testing

Raw water sources, specifically inland lakes, rivers and groundwater, are site specific and can be challenging to treat. Information from literature and other case...

Marketing news: Print provides highest return-on-investment

By Frank Shoniker A recent Nielsen Catalina study of 1,400 ad campaigns has found that print advertising provided brands with an average return of $3.94...
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Launch of contaminated soils traceability system announced for Quebec

At the Soil and Groundwater Symposium held in Sherbrooke on December 7, 2016, Réseau Environnement announced the implementation of a voluntary system for traceability...
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Indigenous Water Forum a powerful event

The purpose of the forum was to bridge people’s knowledge of water through sharing of indigenous ways of knowing, research presentations and demonstrations of practical applications.
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Edmonton company fined $500,000 for environmental violation

On December 12, 2016, Acklands-Grainger Inc. pleaded guilty, in the Provincial Court of Alberta, for contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to...

CWWA pleased with federal infrastructure plans

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) said it was “very pleased” with the federal government’s commitment to infrastructure renewal.
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Niagara meat packers fined for EPA and Ontario Water Resources Act violations

Three directors of Abingdon Meat Packers Limited pleaded guilty to two offences each and were fined a total of $12,000 for discharging odours causing...

UBC wastewater research may help protect aquatic life

New wastewater system design guidelines developed at the University of British Columbia may help municipal governments better protect aquatic life and save millions of...
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Veolia wins contract for all Armenian water and wastewater services

Veolia will supply drinking water and wastewater services for the entire country of Armenia in a 15-year $1.14 billion  (€800 million) contract, according to...

Blue-Zone granted Canadian patent for central collection of anesthetic gases

Blue-Zone Technologies Ltd. announced that is has been granted an additional patent in Canada for its halogenated hydrocarbon recovery system. Granted on October 25, 2016, with...
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GE to sell its Water & Process Technology business

General Electric confirmed that it is exploring options for selling its Water & Process Technology business in a news release on October 31, 2016. GE...
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Saskatchewan First Nation fined for environmental violation

On October 6, 2016, the Makwa Sahgaiehcan (Loon Lake) First Nation pleaded guilty, in Saskatchewan Provincial Court, for failing to comply with an environmental...
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Mining company ordered to pay for untreated acidic wash water release

On October 7, 2016, Nyrstar Myra Falls pleaded guilty, in B.C. Provincial Court, to two counts under the Fisheries Act, as well as to...

YSI partners with leading AUV manufacturer OceanServer

OceanServer Technology, a manufacturer of commercial autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced on October 1, 2016, its continuation of a 10-year partnership with YSI (a...
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Concrete production facility products certified to ASTM Canada and CSA

The Langley Concrete Group of Companies announced October 18, 2016 that their Chilliwack, B.C. production facility has been certified to two of Canadian Standards...
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Exploring innovation in the engineering profession

Engineers from all sectors of the profession recently convened for a workshop in Ottawa to explore engineering's role in progress and innovation. Held on October...
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Quebec merchant fined for Canadian Environmental Protection Act violations

On September 14, 2016, René Jr. Major, a gas-powered equipment merchant, was ordered to pay fines and fees totalling more than $65,000 for violating...

Applications now open for Great Lakes Project funding

Organizations working to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes and surrounding water systems can now apply for up to $25,000 in funding. The Ontario...
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Caledon companies fined $10,000 for Environmental Protection Act violations

V3 Disposal Services Inc. and Henrietta Investments Inc. pleaded guilty to one offence each and were fined $10,000 for delivering and depositing demolition waste...
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MICRODYN-NADIR acquires specialty membrane company TriSep

MICRODYN-NADIR has announced the acquisition of specialty membrane company TriSep Corporation. Based in Goleta, California, TriSep has experience and expertise in the area of...

A new information source for B2B Marketers

By Frank Shoniker I’m pleased to be providing ES&E marketers with B2B marketing insights. For over 30 years, I have been involved in the publishing...
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Company ordered to pay $30K in penalties for Fisheries Act violation

Vale Newfoundland and Labrador plead guilty to a Fisheries Act violation relating to a March 2013 effluent discharge.
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Smart phone app helps analyze pump performance

Imagine being able to diagnose a piece of equipment without having to take it apart or take it offline. With a new smartphone app developed by KSB Pumps, you can do just that.

Small Fines; Big Consequences: The hidden costs of pleading guilty

Individuals and corporations considering pleading guilty and paying a small fine instead of appealing a charge should be aware of the hidden costs of their decision.
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Keeping industry competitive is a vital part in any carbon cap-and-trade program

While consensus regarding climate change and momentum to address it are building, jurisdictions have yet to coalesce around a common strategy or program.
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Hamilton company fined for contravening PCB regulations

A Hamilton, ON company was ordered to pay $70,000 after being convicted of contravening PCB Regulations and failing to comply with an Environmental Protection Compliance Order.

Funding announced for Atlantic Canada environmental projects

On August 8, Environment and Climate Change Canada Minister Catherine McKenna announced over $2 million in grants and contributions funding for environmental projects in Atlantic...

$53.2 million in support announced for Manitoba wastewater treatment

On August 5, 2016, representatives from federal, provincial and municipal levels of government announced more than $53.2 million in combined funding for two new...
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Saskatoon dry cleaners fined $10,000 for failed environmental inspection

Executive Cleaners and Donald Pattison of Saskatoon were ordered on July 6, 2016, in Saskatchewan Provincial Court to pay a $5,000 fine each after pleading guilty to...
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Company and director fined $8,000 for Environmental Protection Act violations

2172936 Ontario Ltd. and company director, Angelo Salciccioli pleaded guilty to one offence each and were fined a total of $8,000 for using an...
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Evoqua’s Neptune Benson acquires VAF Filtration Systems

Evoqua Water Technologies and its recently acquired Neptune Benson business announced July 7, 2016 the acquisition of VAF Filtration Systems, a screen filtration manufacturer...
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Lafarge to manufacture StormTrap products in Western Canada

StormTrap, a provider of stormwater management systems, and Lafarge Canada, Inc. have entered into a licensing and manufacturing agreement.

Advanced Drainage Systems announces new plant

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, announced July 6,...
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Alberta starts first round of water and wastewater investments

This round of more than $117 million in funding will improve water and wastewater infrastructure.
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New acoustic leak detection technique developed by Concordia researchers

Concordia University researchers have developed a technique to locate underground leaks with 99.5% accuracy.
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Engineers Canada presents new Infrastructure Resilience certification

Engineers Canada presented the first cohort of professional engineers with the new certification of Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) at a launch on June 9,...
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New rules for B.C. compost facilities

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment is amending the organic matter recycling regulation (OMRR) to require permits for compost facilities that process food waste...
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Nova Scotia pulp company fined $225,000 for effluent spill

The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation has been ordered to pay $225,000 for a Fisheries Act offence that occurred in June 2014. The offence relates...

Canadian professors and Royal Society of Canada speak out against Site C mega dam

More than 250 university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern on...
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Saskatchewan First Nation fined $100,000 for environmental non-compliance

April 29, 2016 – The Kawacatoose First Nation pleaded guilty on October 20, 2015, in Saskatchewan Provincial Court for failing to comply with an environmental protection...

Department of National Defence ordered to pay $100,000 for spill

The Department of National Defence will pay a penalty of $100,000 after pleading guilty to violating the Fisheries Act.
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Digital initiative to help solve water challenges announced

GE and American Water have formed a new digital initiative to explore advances in the “Internet of Things” to help solve pressing challenges in the water industry.
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Stantec to acquire MWH Global in US$795 million deal

Stantec Inc. announced that it has entered into a merger agreement to acquire MWH Global, Inc., a Colorado-based global engineering, consulting and construction management...

World Water Day: Here’s what’s happening

Many World Water Day events are happening across Canada. ES&E has compiled a short list of things to check out today and this week.
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B.C. outlines plan to address water quality in North Okanagan aquifer

The British Columbia government said it will take a series of immediate steps toward ensuring safe drinking water for approximately 200 residents near Spallumcheen...
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Thirteen Ontario communities to receive infrastructure funding

Ontario and the federal government announced they are providing 13 small communities with over $10 million to build and repair critical infrastructure and help...
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Auto body supply shop fined $25,000 for VOC violations

A Mississauga shop was ordered to pay $25,000, after pleading guilty to contravening VOC limits under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Cap-and-Trade regulation posted on Ontario Environmental Registry

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change posted a regulatory proposal for a new cap-and-trade regulation on February 25, 2016.

Canada and US announce 40% phosphorus reduction target for Lake Erie

Canada and the U.S. have adopted targets to reduce phosphorus entering affected areas of Lake Erie by 40% to improve water quality and protect public health.
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Smith & Loveless launch new above-grade pump station

Smith & Loveless announced the shipment of its first EVERLAST™ wet well mounted pump station. The EVERLAST product line consolidates all of Smith & Loveless’s...

Online calculator counts the cost of wastewater grit

The calculator draws on real-world data to predict the likely savings that can be gained by installing a high-performance grit removal system.
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Pool covers offer tremendous water savings: study finds

Use of pool covers could reduce 95% of evaporation from California pools, offering water savings of more than 55,000 acre-feet per year.
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Dry-cleaner fined for improper storage and disposal of PERC

Texmain Cleaners Ltd., a dry-cleaning business operating in London, Ontario, pled guilty and was fined $36,000 for the improper storage and disposal of tetrachloroethylene,...
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Sunrise Propane, directors fined $5.3 million following propane explosion

Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc., its directors and 1367229 Ontario Inc. were fined $5.3 million for discharging contaminants that caused adverse effects to Toronto...
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Road maintenance company fined $80,000 for waste violations

Carillion Canada has been fined for depositing barrels containing petroleum oil and weathered paint/protective coating in an unapproved site.
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Paper company fined $320,000 for Fisheries Act offences

Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. was fined $320,000 on December 18, 2015 in New Brunswick Provincial court after pleading guilty to offences under the...
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Gender parity in the engineering boardroom

The Lassoed School of Engineering at York University looked at gender parity in the boardroom by hosting a fall forum with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

ES&E’s 2015 Readership Survey Results

This fall, we asked our readers a series of questions to learn more about our audience and the topics they value in ES&E Magazine...
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Mount Polley short-term discharge permit approved

After public consultation, British Columbia has approved Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s application for a short-term permit to treat and then discharge water outside of...
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