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Transport Canada has released for comment a White Paper, Training in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods: A White Paper, outlining the changes it is proposing to the training requirements for individuals responsible for transporting dangerous goods in and out of Canada.  “Competency” to be Proven Concerns have been expressed, often post-incident, as to the sufficiency and quality of training of company dangerous goods representatives.  The White Paper represents a fundamental training threshold shift from mandating…

Environment Canada has issued a disclosure obligation mandating reporting for all companies which: manufactured, imported, exported, or otherwise used asbestos or asbestos-containing products. The minimum reporting quantity is five total kilograms of total asbestos during the period from 2013 to 2015.  This disclosure is a first step towards the intended complete ban on all forms of asbestos planned for 2018, which is anticipated to contain certain grandfathering provisions for certain sectors’ past use of asbestos. …

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Act will become effective on January 1st, 2017, unleashing varying carbon levies on no fewer than 25 different fuels consumed by industry and consumers inside Alberta.  That’s the Grinch. The Act does, however, offer users of fuels in Alberta a myriad of exemptions under which relief from the carbon levies may be available, in part or in whole.  That’s Santa. Available Exemptions No fewer than 12 exemptions are available including: Already…