• Job Hunting 101: Tips and Tricks

    Springtime at last, time for another round of AESAC training courses and more questions from students looking for their first job. Over the years I have reviewed hundreds of applications and resumes and interviewed many hopeful job seekers; and I have a few tips to pass on. These apply mainly to the

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    Avoiding Common Phase 2 ESA Errors - Part 3

    Last month I discussed various mistakes I have encountered in the field work portion of Phase Two Environmental Site Assessments. This month’s blog will focus on some common errors in data interpretation and reporting. Sometimes consultants will go above and beyond their contracted scope of

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    Avoiding Common Phase 2 ESA Errors – Part 2

    Last month I discussed some common mistakes I have encountered in reviewing Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment reports, specifically in the initial planning stage, now it’s time to turn our attention to recognizing and reducing errors during the Phase Two ESA field work. Sometimes,

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    Avoiding Common Phase 2 ESA Errors – Part 1

    Previously I have written about common errors I have encountered in reviewing Phase One Environmental Site Assessment reports, now it’s time to focus on some of the commonplace mistakes I have seen in planning and conducting Phase Two ESAs. A properly scoped Phase Two needs to be based on

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    Coast to Coast with AESAC in 2017 - By the Numbers

    By: Bill Leedham, P.Geo, QP, CESA.   This year was a very busy one for AESAC, with numerous ESA training courses being held across Canada. Many thanks go out to all the AESAC staff and my fellow instructors for their hard work; to our excellent guest speakers for their informative

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    Conducting a Technical Peer Review -Part 1

    Recently a colleague asked me if I have a checklist for conducting peer reviews of environmental reports. Although I don’t have an actual checklist or formal process, there are a number of deliberations that I usually go through when conducting a peer review. Here then are some of the basic

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    In my last blog I discussed some of the amendments to Ontario Regulation 153/04 proposed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The remainder of these proposed amendments is discussed below, along with my commentary.   The complete Excess Soil Regulatory

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    On April 24, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) outlined proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 153/04 as part of the planned Excess Soil Regulatory Package. These regulations primarily deal with management and re-use of excess soil from construction sites (more

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    Environmental, and other, consultants are often accused by clients of trying to ‘cover our backsides’ (or similar wording). I often respond that by employing this ‘CYA’ philosophy, consultants can also cover our client’s behinds. Isn’t that what most clients are

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    In my last article I talked about some of the wackier comments I have heard from owners and agents related to environmental consulting and site remediation, so it’s only fair to high-light a few I have read or heard from other consultants (reworded slightly as needed for discretion). Without

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