Dutch wind turbine noise study: strong link between money and annoyance
One of the strongest factors affecting annoyance, and sleep interruption, is whether the person was receiving financial benefits from the operation of the wind turbines.Continue reading the post titled Dutch wind turbine noise study: strong link between money and annoyance
Big Drive Clean fines for car owners
Ontario car owners are now receiving thousand dollar fines, or higher, for trying to evade Drive Clean testing.Continue reading the post titled Big Drive Clean fines for car owners
Chrome contamination remediation researcher?
We’re looking for help on a research project relating to remediation of hexavalent chrome in soil and groundwater. Ideally, we’re looking for an environmental chemist or engineer with relevant training and experience interested in a one year contract. If interested, please send c…Continue reading the post titled Chrome contamination remediation researcher?
Lakehead completes first Clean Water Act source protection plan
Twelve years after the Walkerton water disaster, the first source water protection plan under the Clean Water Act, 2006, has been completed and submitted by the Lakehead Source Protection Committee, Thunder Bay.Continue reading the post titled Lakehead completes first Clean Water Act source protection plan
Can municipal councillors be personally liable for drinking water?
Municipal councillors are generally protected from personal liability, for any decisions they make in good faith in the course of their duties. This protection is incorporated into Municipal Acts of each province. For example, the Municipal Government Act of Alberta states:Continue reading the post titled Can municipal councillors be personally liable for drinking water?
Health, wind, science, and our sad federal priorities
Since Ontario regulations already require mitigation if noise is predicted to exceed 40 dBA at sensitive receptors, will it help to spend two years proving that there ought to be mitigation at 45 dBA?Continue reading the post titled Health, wind, science, and our sad federal priorities
Performance management is not “harassment”!
Words are important. Words like “bullying” and “harassment” are especially important because they refer to improper conduct which can result in negative legal consequences. But too often, employees don’t understand the legal definition of these words. Today, I’m particularly annoyed by em…Continue reading the post titled Performance management is not “harassment”!
Soil remediation: smell test stands up in court
The latest decision in the Horvath saga has upheld the “smell test” in delineating home furnace oil contamination for remediation.Continue reading the post titled Soil remediation: smell test stands up in court
More Regulation for Geothermal Heat Pumps
The Ministry of the Environment moved swiftly this spring to increase regulation of geothermal (ground-sourced) heat pump installations, because of an urgent risk of releasing hazardous underground gases. Ontario revoked the old regulation governing Ground Source Heat Pumps and replaced it w…Continue reading the post titled More Regulation for Geothermal Heat Pumps
Climate crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is
Our federal government does not like to talk about climate change, so the Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a hard hitting report on the damage that climate change is already causing in Canada: Telling the Weather Story: Can Canada Manage the Storms Ahead? This is the same message tha…Continue reading the post titled Climate crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is