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.

Shortage of Skills in the Built Environment

The Construction Industry Council launched their Professional Services Survey yesterday stated that the Built Environment industry requires 12,000 competent new professionals to enter the industry every year to meet demand as major projects such as the Olympics gather speed. Added pressure is being put on the industry because 20% of current CPS professionals could retire in the next 10 years.
Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Landscape Sacrificial – Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute called for a greater role for the profession in response to the Government’s ‘Draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction.’

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said landscape was often “the sacrificial lamb” on projects, which undermined both the environmental and commercial value of developments.

Responding to the document produced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lovell said: “Landscape is the glue which holds development schemes together and should be a first consideration and not an afterthought when developing a new scheme.”

Landscape \Sacrificial.

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