Entries by John Nicholson

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

Novus Environmental, a 25-person specialized consulting firm with offices in Guelph ON and Calgary AB, was recently acquired by SLR, an UK-headquartered global environmental and advisory firm. Novus will bring additional capability to SLR’s North American business in air quality, noise and vibration, and wind and climate. The Novus team will join SLR’s Canada business, […]

Ontario Government Budget & the Environment

Written by John Nicholson, M.Sc., P.Eng., Editor The Ontario government recently issued its budget for the 2019 fiscal year.  The budget was considered in some circles as not favouring the environment. One environmental activist organization went as far as calling it ““the most anti-environmental budget in Ontario” since Mike Harris was in power in the […]

Repeal of the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009

The Ontario government recently announced that it will repeal the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and revoke its associated regulations on December 31, 2021. The purpose of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is to prevent pollution by reducing the use and creation of toxic substances and inform Ontarians about those substances. Under the statute, industry […]

Global Crisis, Emergency and Incident Management Platforms Market 2019

Persistence Market Research recent market report on Global Crisis, Emergency and Incident Management Platforms estimates that it will be worth $102 billion (USD) by the end of 2024. A 2017 market analysis by Persistence Market Research on the market in North America predicted the year-over-year growth the Global Crisis, Emergency and Incident Management Platforms to […]

U.S. Opportunity: U.S. ITRC Issues RFP for 2020 Technical Projects

The United States Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that address urgent environmental issues and advance innovative technologies and processes. The proposals that are selected by the ITRC Board of Advisors will begin in January 2020. All applicable environmental topics will be considered, but evaluation criteria will […]

Southern Railway pleads guilty to Canadian TDGA violations

New Brunswick Southern Railway recently pled guilty to two of the 24 charges that had been laid against it under the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA). The charges deal with the mislabeling of tank cars by untrained staff. The case stems from a Transport Canada investigation triggered by the Lac-Mégantic derailment and fire that killed […]

Windsor provides $10.5 million in incentives to develop brownfield site

Farhi Holdings Corporation has been approved for almost $10.5 million in financial incentives from the City of Windsor as part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan. The developer has owned a 24.5 hectare (60 acre) piece of vacant land next to the WFCU Centre, Windsors sports and entertainment complex, since 2005. It had been zoned industrial […]

B.C. Court Case on the requirements of Insurance Companies to defend pollution lawsuit against client

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently issued a decision that overturned the ruling of the Supreme Court of B.C. on the responsibility of two insurance companies to pay for environmental clean-up under their general liability coverage. The case deals with West Van Holdings Ltd. (“West Van”) and West Van Lions Gate Cleaners Ltd. (“Lions […]