Reducing confusion about Blue Box decision

Reducing confusion about Blue Box decision

The lengthy Blue Box funding arbitration decision under the Waste Diversion Act has been confusing for some readers. One incorrectly wrote: “Aspects of computer modelling used for the Blue Box negotiations were viewed as flawed by the arbitrator, potentially paving the way for smaller payments to municipalities in the future.” In fact, the flaws in the rejected model are precisely why municipalities have received smaller payments since 2009. Now that this model has been discredited,  

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Stadacona: Do employees know what samples to take?

Stadacona: Do employees know what samples to take?

Last fall, Stadacona was convicted under the (former) Fisheries Act and the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations. According to Environment Canada, "Stadacona General Partner Inc. pleaded guilty to having released one million litres of untreated process water into the Saint-Charles River, in Québec, and of having used a non-standard sampling method." The spill part of the case was rather obvious: The effluent was acutely toxic to fish, and was spilled when poorly-maintained pumping equipment  

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PAPER financing for energy conservation

PAPER financing for energy conservation

Some form of municipal financing that runs with the land has tremendous potential to accelerate energy conservation and green energy retrofits for existing buildings. The David Suzuki Foundation has published a detailed report on one such concept, Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits and Other Financing Options (PAPER). PAPER would treat energy conservation and green energy improvements to private property in defined areas as a form of infrastructure, to be paid for over time by  

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