Ontario’s worst river trails garbage, sludge and toxins

One can tell it is rocking with the wind by the slabs of ice floating on its surface – a translucent jigsaw puzzle that carries the chocolate bar wrappers, empty beer cans and plastic pop bottles that have become a familiar part of this sorry scenery.

This is the mouth of what Environment Canada has deemed one of the worst rivers in the country.

The 38-kilometre Don River has been hard at work since the city came into being. Mills and factories popped up along the riverbanks and were followed by petrochemical plants and other pollution-heavy industrial endeavours.

TheStar.com Ontario’s worst river trails garbage, sludge and toxins.

Municipalities want power to preserve natural areas

EDMONTON – Municipalities have asked the provincial government to give them more power to protect natural areas within their boundaries.

“We’re losing a lot of our natural areas — wetlands, tree stands, that sort of thing — and we don’t have the tools in the municipalities to protect them,” said Grant Pearsell, Edmonton’s natural areas co-ordinator and main author of the resolution.

Municipalities want power to preserve natural areas.

Zande joining Stantec

A Canadian engineering and design company plans to acquire R.D. Zande & Associates, a Columbus-based business known for environmental and civil engineering.

Stantec Inc., a publicly traded company in Edmonton, Alberta, will pay an undisclosed amount of cash for R.D. Zande, 1500 Lake Shore Dr. The deal is expected to close in January.

The Columbus Dispatch : Zande joining global company.

Crowded city challenges business recruiters

DEVELOPMENT Tenants looking for offices in uptown’s record tight market will have trouble finding space for at least the next year.

“There is a positive side,” said economic development recruiter Justin Hunt at the Charlotte Chamber. “It shows the vibrancy of downtown and corroborates what we tell people — but from a pure product standpoint, it does make things difficult.”

Charlotte Observer | 12/06/2007 | Crowded city challenges business recruiters.

Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe

With its tightknit residential neighborhoods, its boulevards lined with cafes, shops, and parks, Boston officials for years have smugly considered the Hub the best city for a stroll.
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Hotel, tourist, and advertising executives two decades ago coined the phrase “America’s Walking City” and made it part of an international ad campaign. Mayor Thomas M. Menino is fond of calling the city “the most walkable in America.”

Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe.