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Canada, In Brief 2015

Posted on June 5, 2015
Written by Lindsay Telfer, Laura Brandes, Oliver Brandes, Elizabeth Hendriks, Kirsten Earl McCorrister, Kerry Freek, Stephanie Merrill, Jennifer West, and Blair Carter

Your handy guide to the latest in provincial and territorial water policy.

Canada’s water challenges and the ways provinces and territories address those challenges can be so similar yet entirely unique. Each jurisdiction’s positions on issues of supply, conservation, and management will determine what regulations and policies are priorities. While it may be difficult to [...]

Lost at Sea

Posted on May 29, 2015
Written by Saul Chernos

Are Canada’s oceans policies adrift?

Canada’s State of the Oceans Report acknowledged many of the concerns scientists and conservationists have raised for decades: increasing acidity, a significant thinning of sea ice in the Far North, depletion of life-supporting oxygen in waterways, and wholesale shifts in coastal wildlife populations [...]

Emotional Connections

Posted on May 19, 2015
Written by Stu Campana

We all know water is important. Now it’s time to get people to care.

The unnamed candidate had a problem. Though not against the idea of clean water—who would be?—he didn’t want to make it a priority in his election campaign. But on the day before the 2014 Ottawa municipal election, he was frantically calling the Ecology Ottawa offices, trying to convince [...]

Off the Frack Track

Posted on May 11, 2015
Written by David Minkow

How anti-fracking campaigns succeeded in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Four years ago, if you had asked Stephanie Merrill of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) and Jennifer West of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) in Nova Scotia the odds of success in their respective efforts to enact fracking bans in their provinces, they would have likely replied, “Pretty [...]

One Health

Posted on May 1, 2015
Written by Sylvia Checkley

Alberta researchers collaborate to better understand potential microbial hazards in rural drinking water.

Researchers from the University of Calgary and University of Alberta in collaboration with Alberta’s Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab), Alberta Health Services, and FoodNet Canada will be using a “one health” lens to assess water quality and waterborne pathogens in rural Alberta [...]

Cutting Costs

Posted on April 28, 2015
Written by Mike Near

A town in southern Ontario experiences major savings with a trenchless program.

Underground infrastructure throughout North America is rapidly reaching the end of its design life. In recent years, there have been increases in public infrastructure investments, but the decay of infrastructure is occurring more quickly than it is being repaired. One current challenge is helping municipalities [...]

Small Demands

Posted on April 17, 2015
Written by Diane Dupont, James Price, and Steven Renzetti

How to bring water demand forecasting to small utilities.

Rising water demands are putting increasing pressure on many water agencies’ infrastructure and thus signaling the possible need for greater capital investments. A key ingredient in knowing when these investments will be needed, as well as their scale, is having a good forecast of the likely future [...]

Prioritize This

Posted on April 10, 2015
Written by Eve Krakow

The largest water infrastructure challenges for five Canadian cities.

Across the country, municipalities are grappling with major water infrastructure challenges: aging infrastructure, legacy combined sewer systems, upgrading treatment plants to meet environmental requirements and deal with emerging contaminants, and improving stormwater management in the face of climate [...]

Nature’s Resource

Posted on April 2, 2015
Written by Marlo Campbell, Carolyn Kosheluk, and Karla Zubrycki

Are prairie wetlands the ultimate green infrastructure?

Not all infrastructure is made of concrete. Around the world, wetlands are both environmentally and economically beneficial green infrastructure. These unique ecosystems reduce the severity of both flooding and drought, provide useful natural resources such as bioenergy products, and clean our water [...]

After the Rain

Posted on March 30, 2015
Written by Katie Yantzi

What improvements to stormwater management have Toronto and Calgary made since the 2013 floods?

In the summer of 2013, Toronto and Calgary were rocked by floods that cost each municipality millions of dollars in damage. Flooded cars were stranded on the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, and the Bow River surged through the streets of Calgary. Extreme weather events like these force politicians [...]
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