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Remediation Technologies

  • CUI 2014 Brownie Award winners announced

    November 1, 2014 by

    This week the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) handed out the 15th Annual CUI Brownie Awards at the Daniels Spectrum in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. 2014 CUI Brownie Award Winners: REPROGRAM  Legislation, Policy and Program InitiativesHorizon’s Utility Infill Development Incentive, Hamilton,

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Running on Empty

    August 22, 2013 by

    Abandoned gas station sites have long been “the poster child of brownfields,” says Alan McCammon, manager of remediation assurance and brownfields for British Columbia’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE). Environmental consultants estimate that approximately 90 per cent of gas stations

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Who should pay for brownfield clean-up?

    August 1, 2013 by

    There are some 30,000 brownfield sites across Canada, according to the 2003 report “Cleaning Up the Past, Building the Future: A National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada.” Most are vacant, underused or abandoned. And many are likely to stay that

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: From brownfield to Pan Am athletes’ village: Reclaiming Toronto’s West Don Lands

    July 19, 2013 by

    When the Pan American / Parapan Games open in Toronto in 2015, athletes may not suspect they’re being housed on what was once a sprawling industrial wasteland, littered with toxins. Yet the site, at the mouth of the Don River,

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Why can’t the Green Municipal Fund get rid of its cash?

    July 4, 2013 by

    The federal Green Municipal Fund (GMF) has $20 million ear-marked for grants and loans for brownfield development this year, but so far, only a fraction of that cash has been committed, says Stephanie Bohdanow, a program officer for the GMF.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Taxes still a barrier to brownfield redevelopment

    May 2, 2013 by

    Brownfield sites have a way of scaring interested developers away, says Robert Cooper, president of Toronto-based Alterra Group, a real estate developer. Apart from the costs associated with assessing the site condition and contamination risks, remediating the site and potentially

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Beyond dig-and-dump

    February 21, 2013 by

    When Theresa Phillips began her career as an environmental consultant some 15 years ago there was a lot of excitement over bio-remediation techniques for contaminated soil.   Stakeholders foresaw a time when genetically modified bacteria would “chew up” contaminants like

  • Feature Real Estate

    Cleantech Greens Brownfield

    August 1, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    New remediation technology has primed a derelict brownfield site on Toronto's lakeshore for new residential development.

  • Getting Down and Dirty

    August 1, 2010 by Peter Sobchak

    Waterfront Toronto is constructing a small-scale pilot facility to treat soils near their source, divert it from landfill, and provide a resource that can be used in waterfront revitalization projects.

  • Feature Real Estate

    Ask not what brown can do for us…

    August 1, 2010 by Peter Sobchak

    Brownfields are always a hot topic of debate, and the debate has heated up even more so now that sweeping brownfield regulatory changes are imminent in provinces such as Ontario. We all know that brownfields are abandoned, idled or underused