Lac-Mégantic and the blame game

A message was recently posted on our website in relation to a news item about arrests and prosecutions in relation to the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster that we’ve covered extensively in our magazine and on our website. The message was from Eric Tuttle who seems familiar with the concept of a “safety culture” such as appears

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Northern Gateway: The National Pipe Dream

No special insight is required to observe that Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project will be “the one to watch” in the coming years, in order to understand Canada’s economic and environmental priorities. Yesterday the federal government approved the project, with a long list of conditions — including requirements to meet with First Nations people.

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Improving your industry news — we welcome your comments & feedback

Times are a-changing, but for the better. As of today, I’m taking on a more dedicated role with HAZMATMAG.COM and its sister site SOLIDWASTEMAG.COM. What does that mean for you? Well, it means better quality content and more up-to-date news, more photos, and even more event info too. Nice, right? As we continue to improve, our hope is

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Mental Health and Addiction

Under the OHRC (The Code) a person is protected from discrimination based on mental health disabilities. These grounds also cover mental illnesses and addictions. The Code states that people with mental health disabilities and addictions have the right to live free of discrimination and harassment in all aspects of their lives. This ranges from areas

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“Sustainababble” is my new favorite word

I thought to share this insightful online article by Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of Upstream (formerly the Product Policy Institute), who works tirelessly to bring about the introduction of meaningful extended producer responsibility (EPR) for end-of-life management of products and packaging waste in the United States. In this article Sheehan draws attention to the self-serving

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Sick Leave

In Ontario there is no such thing as a “sick day”. However under the Employment Safety Act (ESA) there are “personal emergency leave” days, and “family medical leave” days. In order for an employee to be eligible for personal emergency leave days they must be employed by an employer who regularly employs 50 or more

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Another day, another pipeline spill

Proponents of pipelines like the proposed Keystone or Northern Gateway projects are eventually going to have to face the fact that the entire oil and gas pipeline industry needs to upgrade its environmental performance if it wants to be taken seriously when claiming that its proposed projects are safe. It’s easy to imagine a bit

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