Category Archives: Education

WasteAid – working to improve waste management in developing countries

Imagine waking up in the morning. Instead of making breakfast, you head out into the streets, scavenging through litter and accumulated waste to find food and clothing for your family. You then head to the local dump where you pick … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! It’s back to school

Today, students, teachers, custodians and administrators of the Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Provincial Schools Branch, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud start a new school year. Halton Region has great partnerships with the publicly-funded … Continue reading

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An unconventional classroom

During the week, a normal high school student would find themselves in class learning anything from math to history at 12:30 p.m.. I too, head off to class at that time, but not in your conventional classroom — my classroom … Continue reading

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Celebrating National Public Works Week

One of my favourite books is In The Skin of the Lion, by famed Canadian author Michael Ondaatje.  Part of this excellent novel narrates the lives of the workers who helped build some of Toronto’s most iconic — and important — public … Continue reading

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Stream of Dreams

This is one of my favourite times of year, not just because the flowers are blooming but because it means Conservation Halton Dream Team will soon be in local schools talking to children, teachers and parents about the importance of water … Continue reading

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How to choose a greener burial

We live. We die.  There is no getting around this circle of life.  A question that plagues most environmentally conscious families today is: how can I live and die while leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible? Can I still have … Continue reading

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What Earth Day means to me

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22.  The first Earth Day was held in the United States in 1970 and was organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson.  The first Canadian Earth Day was celebrated in 1980, and in 1990 … Continue reading

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Four ways waste management is changing – and what this means for jobs

The waste management industry you see today has come a long way. In contrast to the historical approach of managing waste disposal through land filling or burning, the emerging model for waste management focuses on reducing waste production and diverting … Continue reading

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Working with the weather

It is something that starts a conversation, can affect your mood, impacts your commute to work, and tells you how to dress. It is also something that directly affects the day-to-day operations of a landfill.  I am talking about — … Continue reading

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From raindrops to 100-year floods – Halton Waste Management Site’s water management is by design

Every drop of rain that falls on the Halton Waste Management Site must be dealt with properly. Here are some examples of how this is done by design. Rain that falls within the open, uncapped areas of the landfill stays inside the landfill … Continue reading

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