Project Profile: Trent University’s New Forensic Crime Scene Facility

04/1/21

Trent University has enhanced experiential learning opportunities for students! The new Forensic Crime Scene Facility will be opening for use later this year for students. This state-of-the-art, 4,100 square foot facility will be used for hands-on learning by the forensics program.

The building itself is impressive by sustainability measures. The new facility is aiming to be the first zero-carbon certified building by the International Living Future Institute. Innovative solutions have been utilized throughout the building, such as carbon-storing building materials and solar panels to heat and cool the building.

In addition to the impressive sustainability features, the new building is setting academic standards as the first purpose-built facility of its kind. Within the space students will be able to stage up to eight crime scenes at once in a large modular space, analyze evidence and exhibits in the on-site lab and interact with professional practitioners.

Cambium’s role in this exciting build was to conduct tests and inspections to verify this construction project is built to last.  Construction materials were sampled and brought to our own CCIL certified laboratory for testing. Our services ensure safety and quality in construction projects, from the initial geotechnical investigation to on-site construction inspections and materials laboratory testing. Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QA/QC) on-site inspections are critical and ensure that systems and applications of materials during construction are safe, built to specification, and will last for generations to come.

Another service we provided was soil characterization. This is an important process to ensure excavated soil is suitable for reuse in other projects, rather than sending it to the landfill. This service is also cost-saving because the fee for disposing soil at landfills can be significant. Without characterization and an evaluation by a qualified person, soil may not be safely (or legally) reused in some circumstances.

We are proud to work on positive community projects like this and wish Trent Forensic Science students all the best in their studies.

Need guidance for your upcoming project? Find out more about our Construction Quality Verification and Excess Soil Management services on our website.

https://cambium-inc.com/services.php

March Waste Bulletin: Organics Processing Technology

03/12/21

Spring is on the horizon and we are looking forward to the changing seasons. With spring comes thoughts of gardening and … compost!  See the following waste bulletin about organic waste management.

Contact our Waste Management Project Manager Heather Dzurko with any questions you have about implementing organics management at your workplace. For more information on our entire suite of Waste Management serivces check out our Waste Audits & Waste Reduction Work Plans

Check out the full federal report

Taking Stock: Reducing Food Loss and Waste in Canada

Cambium’s New Materials Testing Lab

03/1/21

The first stage of our big move began one year ago when we moved our lab services from our Queensway location over to Sophia Street. Our operations were outgrowing the space we were in, so finding a building that could house both our head office and lab was very important to us. Through our renovations and the incorporation of some great new features, we have been able to customize the space to fit our needs.

The new lab space has some great new features and equipment that can help us better serve our clients, such as:

  1. Concrete Moisture Room: The Moisture Room is used to cure concrete test specimens. The room is maintained at 23 +/- 2o C and relative humidity of not less than 95% according to CSA standards. This feature has allowed us to reduce the required floor space compared to water storage tanks while still allowing the lab to cure up to 1800 cylinders.
  2. Dedicated rooms for equipment: We have built rooms to house specific pieces of equipment to help reduce noise and dust and improve the health & safety of our staff
  3. Upgraded and larger fume hood for safe testing and processing of asphalt samples
  4. A more thought-out design and overall layout of the lab to allow for better sample flow and improved efficiencies

We are excited to have our office and lab under one roof come this Spring! It will be great for our Peterborough team to be able to collaborate closer together in our new space.

Cambium Awarded Employer of the Year at Business Excellence Awards

10/19/18

Cambium was awarded Employer of the Year at the 15th Annual  Peterborough Business Excellence Awards on October 17, 2018.  The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce hosts the awards event to publicly recognize and honour local businesses who have demonstrated a passion for excellence.

Cambium Accepts Employer of the Year Award
John Desbiens, President and CEO accepts Employer of the Year Award with members of the Cambium Team

Employer of the Year is awarded to a business that exemplifies excellence in its employee focus – job creation, hiring diversity, training & support,  workplace  wellness, commitment to professional/personal  development, as well as community involvement.

We are so very proud to have won the Employer of the Year. A huge thanks to the entire Cambium Team for their contribution to our success. There are always a number factors that contribute to the achievements of a company. For Cambium, it is 100% our team and we could not provide the quality and value of service that we do without them.

As an employee-owned company, Cambium recognizes its success is largely due to our skilled and dedicated team.  We focuses on the health, well-being, and job-satisfaction of our employees, including schedule flexibility to promote work-life balance.  Staff are encouraged to reach for their peak competencies. We also provide training /cross-training opportunities in support of their desired career advancement.  Active employee contribution in Cambium’s development and success (strategic plan, profit sharing, and ownership) is encouraged as well.  Foremost, Cambium maintains a culture and supportive work environment that is enjoyable for all.

The company continues to grow and attract like-minded professional to our team.  We welcome those interested to checkout our employment opportunities, as well as the “My Cambium” video that provides a staff perspective on the unique Cambium Culture.

Canada Day – the 150th Anniversary!

06/27/17

Photo Credit: Forester 401

What’s going on in Peterborough

Peterborough will be celebrating Canada’s 150th this weekend, and there are lots of things to do! If you’re in the city the Canada Day Parade will be happening on the 1st at 12:00 noon starting at Murray Street and moving down George Street to Morrow Park. The pre-parade ceremonies and entertainment begin at City hall around 9:00am and include a free pancake breakfast (thanks to the East City Lions Club)! In the evening starting at 8:00pm Peterborough’s Mucisfest is happy to present the three-time Juno award winner Kim Mitchell performing live at Del Crary park! Better yet, thanks to local sponsorship (including us here at Cambium) the concert is totally free!

Beyond Peterborough

This year being the big 150th anniversary, there is lots going on in the rest of the country as well. For example: with the free Discovery Pass, all Federal parks are free this summer, you can get your Discovery Pass here. Remember though provincial parks are separate. In Ontario, if you want to see the beautiful and historic Trent-Severn waterway, the locks are free to travel through this summer. This is particularly exciting for us here at Cambium as we have been working hard on several projects upgrading and repairing locks on the Trent-Severn – readying them for the extra traffic they will see this summer!

All of us here at Cambium are proud Canadians. We take great pride in our work maintaining Canada’s natural environment through our environmental work; ensuring the preservation of fragile ecosystems, the protection of threatened species and the safety of our water supply. We are also proud to contribute to Canada’s infrastructure and economy through our inspection and geotechnical services; ensuring the safety and quality of our countries’ built environment. Lastly we are proud of our contributions to Canadian society through our extensive charitable efforts – with a commitment to donating  1% of our yearly gross margins, regardless of whether we actually turned a profit or not.

Join us in celebrating our wonderful nation’s 150th, and reflect on how lucky we are to live in this beautiful country of ours!

Redside Dace now Listed as Endangered in Canada – What Does it Mean for You?

05/18/17

Photo Credit: K. Schmidt

Redside Dace are small freshwater fish that live in shallow streams and slow moving water. They range across the Northern United States and Southern Canada with populations concentrated around the GTA. They were added to the Species at Risk Act in 2009 due to diminishing populations from habitat loss and degradation. Redside Dace require gravel-bottomed waters with overhanging vegetation, much of which has been impacted by agricultural developments as well as diversion of streams and rivers. As of May 3rd, Redside Dace are federally listed as endangered in Canada affording them (and their habitats) substantial protections.

So what does this mean for you? The Provincial and Federal governments provide significant protections for species listed as threatened, endangered or extirpated which may affect any activity that will cause harm to the listed species or its habitat. When a species is listed, it is illegal to:

  • Kill, harm, harass, capture or take an individual of a listed species;
  • Possess, collect, buy, sell or trade an individual of a listed species, or any part or derivative of a listed species; and
  • Damage or destroy the residence of one or more individuals of a listed species.

This means that any activity that might affect Redside Dace’s habitat (such as storm water management systems, changing the course of a waterway, excessive sediment or removal of vegetation that might be associated with land development) is illegal without approval.  According to O. Reg. 242/08:

A person who wishes to carry out an activity [that affects Redside Dace habitat] shall comply with the following conditions:

Before beginning any part of the activity that is likely to kill, harm or harass Redside Dace or damage or destroy the habitat of Redside Dace,

i. The person must prepare a mitigation report in accordance with subsection (5),

ii. The person must submit the mitigation report to the district manager of the Ministry, and

iii. The district manager must approve the mitigation report, subject to subsection (6), and the person must have received written notice of the approval.

If you or your company are looking to do work that may affect endangered Redside Dace (or any other listed species) and require a mitigation report, or simply are unsure if your activity may affect an endangered species – give Cambium’s biology team a call, they will be happy to assist you! http://cambium-inc.com/biological-impact-assessment-and-monitoring.php

For more information, see: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/080242#BK28

Asbestos, a Dangerous Designated Substance Not Visible to the Eye

03/8/17

In a recent article, Asbestos Exposure is Still Making People Sick,  CNN reportes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to see people suffer asbestos-related medical issues.

In Ontario, Designated Substances are defined as “a biological, chemical or physical agent to which the exposure of a worker is prohibited, regulated, restricted, limited or controlled.” Asbestos is one of 17 designated substances that present health and environmental risks. It can be found in a variety of everyday materials that may be present inside your work and home environment like vinyl sheet flooring, vinyl floor tiles, plaster, vermiculite insulation, ceiling tiles, drywall joint compound, and sealants.  It’s fibres are smaller than the diametre of human hair and even smaller than glass fibre. The risk for exposure and inhalation increase when the fibres are disturbed and exposed to air through the poor condition of the material, demolition/construction, or regular maintenance.

A problem with illnesses related to asbestos is the latency period. It takes a long time for the effects of asbestos exposure to develop and is hard to determine when the exposure happened to an individual.  In Ontario, asbestos is a designated substance and governed under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation 278/05, Asbestos on Construction Projects and In Buildings and Repair operations.  It is important for businesses to have a non-intrusive compliance survey completed for the health and safety of your employees.  If the presence of asbestos is confirmed, a management plan is required to provide instructions and training for staff and maintenance on the proper procedures to prevent fibres and asbestos containing materials (ACM) from being exposed in the work environment.

Additionally, prior to any renovation or demolition, business and home owners hiring an independent contractor are required to complete an intrusive survey to determine the presence of materials which may be uncovered during those activities. Tearing down walls, removing ceiling tiles or insulation – these types of actions can disturb and release ACM fibres into the air.  It is always best to put the safety of your family, employees, and contractors first to ensure they are not exposed to this designated substance.

The removal, disposal and management of the asbestos abatement should be done by qualified professionals. Cambium specializes in Designated Substances Surveys (DSS), Asbestos and Hazardous Material Assessments. If you have any concerns or have questions, Cambium can assess and test for designated substances and develop an abatement plan to manage the removal.

Environmental Activity and Sector Registry: How will the Air Emissions EASR Impact Your Facility

03/7/17

A guide to the new Environmental Activity and Sector Registry

Sadie Bachynski, Project Manager with Cambium, has written a blog to answer a number of questions about what the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) is, who it applies to and what it means to your operations.

What is the EASR?

After quite an extensive process of public consultations and stakeholder input, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is now operating the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The purpose of this new registry system is to provide a streamlined and easy approach to registering an activity that an individual or facility might be engaged in that releases any type of emission into the natural environment – as is required by the MOECC. Emissions may include air, noise and odourous emissions from a given site. This new system is an easy-to-access registry that can be found online on the Service Ontario website.

The idea behind this new system is fairly straightforward: if a person or business is emitting anything into the natural environment they must self-register online before they do so. The government of Ontario website puts this as: “O. Reg. 1/17 requires persons engaging in activities that discharge or may discharge contaminants to the natural environment, other than water, to register in the EASR unless the activities do not meet the criteria in the Regulation”.

Who does this apply to?

New and existing facilities are required to register if they make any modification to their emissions related activity. In essence this is a phasing out of the existing ECA process; however, if a person or business submitted an application for an activity outlined in O. Reg 1/17 on or before December 31, 2016 they will have the option of remaining in the current ECA process or withdraw their application and instead register with the EASR. If a facility receives an ECA process approval, the facility will have to register with the EASR by January 31, 2027 or when the modification to the facility/activity occurs. In essence, the MOECC is looking to phase out the ECA process for eligible EASR facilities by 2027 completely.

One of the major criterions of those who must apply to the EASR is the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code that they report under – these have carefully been assessed for potential environmental impact. Another major criterion is the complexity of the operations/activity being performed. In essence, anyone is eligible – unless the activity/operation in question is complex in nature and deemed to be a “potentially heavy emitter”. Complex operations remain under the realm of requiring an Environmental Compliance Approval from the MOECC. For more details on who is and is not eligible, see the link below to the full Regulation outline.

 

What does this mean for reporting?

This in no way alters the way a facility would have to assess, model, and even report on the air, noise and odour emissions. Nothing has changed in regards to registering – it is essentially the same as it would be for a full ECA in the sense that you still require full reports (or at least the associated screening to say that a report is not required). One difference is that the work is now to be signed off on by a professional engineer independent of the MOECC rather than by the MOECC. Specific documents related to a facility’s emissions of air, noise and odour will have to be supplied to the Ministry and the public and the detailed reports and any addendums made over time are to be kept at the facility.

 

Stellar Line-Up for Reframe Festival

01/13/17

Cambium is a proud sponsor of this year’s Reframe Film Festival taking place in late January in Peterborough. We are sponsoring When Two Worlds Collide scheduled to screen on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30 PM at The Venue. http://reframefilmfestival.ca/film/when-two-worlds-collide/

This highly credited film received Best Documentary special mention at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Reframe Film Festival passes can be purchased in-person at the GreenUP store (Peterborough), or Happenstance Books and Yarn (Lakefield), or online at http://reframefilmfestival.ca/buy-tickets/.

Cambium supports a number of charities, events, and groups in the communities we work. We believe strongly in giving back by supporting initiatives that support a healthy natural environment, charitable initiatives, and events.