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How We Talk About Climate Change and Stormwater

Posted on September 19, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
The way we speak about climate change is important. A recent video from the website Vox, produced by Carlos Maza and Coleman Lowndes, tackles how media coverage of extreme weather events, specifically hurricanes Harvey and Irma, creates barriers to preventative action in the form of policy and infrastructure.   Vox tackles the misleading rhetoric of extreme weather and environmental disasters. What the video points out around the 2:22 mark is that poor public policy approaches combined with framing the problem as one of humans versus (mother) nature—akin [...]

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Posted on September 11, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky
Although Hamilton, Ontario is best known for the fire and smoke of Stelco Steel, the city is offering up breathtaking views of Lake Ontario to my left and waterfalls to my right. As I wind down the side of the escarpment on my bicycle, I can’t contain my happiness. What a perfect way to start the day. I am cycling with a group of about 150 Canadians and Americans who have joined the Waterfront Regeneration Trust’s 2018 cycling tour, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. This year’s seven-day event crossed 550 kilometres of the Trail from Point [...]

Travelling AquaVan 150 Connects Communities to Waterways

Posted on August 22, 2017
In celebration of 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, Ocean Wise was commissioned to connect Canadians to our coastlines with a seven-month tour, visiting 150 stops across the country. With a 28-foot mobile aquarium, the AquaVan 150 tour has been travelling across Canada with Pacific sea creatures in tow for over four months. “Canada’s waterways act as a crucial part of the AquaVan’s mission to bring the ocean to Canadians,” said AquaVan manager, Catriona Wilson. “In order to bring programming cross-country, this tour heavily relies [...]

Water Loss Map

Posted on August 8, 2017
The founder of Ontario's Waterlix has developed an interactive map that shows the costs associated with water loss (i.e. non-revenue water) of Canadian municipalities across Canada. For each location, the map displays the annual costs of water leakage, the total annual volume of lost water, the CO2 emissions from water leakages, billed lost water, and non-revenue water. The map also estimates the costs associated with building damages. Waterlix's founder, Mehrdad Varedi, who created the map said,"The reason I published the data, was to show the size [...]

Water Drama

Posted on July 31, 2017
Humour can be great device for dealing with serious issues. In the theatrical play, DIVINE, Natalie Frijia's depicts a wild west water crisis based in Ontario—an all-female dystopia—that delivers a lighthearted glimpse of a world without water. Swan and Lem, a.k.a., The Grand River Bandits, are searching across the province for the most coveted water diviner by the name of Penn (played by Amanda Cordner). They find her at a whiskey bar where bartender Marion (played by Christina Bryson) and Seven (Haley Garnett), who is also our narrator, are [...]

Dispatches from Water Town

Posted on July 18, 2017
Written by Andrew Hellebust
Looking twenty years in the future, Andrew Hellebust shares his futuristic, fictional vision for a wholly sustainable community called Water Town. See Part II below to continue from WC page 7. Welcome to Water Town, 2037. Twenty years ago, headlines spoke of energy efficient central treatment facilities, net-zero houses with small natural gas boilers, and the self-sufficient Water House that collected rainwater and utilized composting toilets. Infrastructure design was mostly linear, flowing from central plants to individual consumers and back. Much would [...]

Freshwater Essays

Posted on June 26, 2017
With support from the RBC Blue Water Project, the International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) launched a national essay competition for high school students from grades 8-11 focusing on the topic of freshwater in Canada.   In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary students were asked about the best ways we can continue to sustainability manage our fresh water for the next 150 years. The prize for the top three essays in the competition was a trip to Toronto and participation in the Canadian Water [...]

Summer Reads for Water Nerds

Posted on May 26, 2017
You might have a pile of sci-fi or chick-lit lining your bookshelves in line for your summer vacay. Mindless, light, easy. But we recommend that you don't let your brain go completely mushy; instead, that you use the time off to recharge with the latest selection of winning water management fiction and non-fiction. Here's a few that we recommend: Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity By Jeremy Schmidt NYU Press Released: April, 2017. paperback | $35 (U.S.) An intellectual history of America's water management philosophy. Humans [...]

Water & Climate Change: 3 Tips to Motivate People

Posted on April 26, 2017
Written by Sara Poirier
While water is tangible and relevant in our day to day lives, for most, climate change is an abstract and invisible phenomenon. To communicate and engage the public effectively requires a strategic approach. Here are three tips on how to motivate people: 1. Identify your audience and meet them "where they are." For learning to be useful, most people need to place it in a context that is relevant for them. This requires connecting with your audience’s needs, experiences and interests. Manitobans, for example, are more likely to be more concerned with the [...]

World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
In honour of World Water Day, Geoff Green, founder of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that has taken over 2,000 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, has bid Canadian Water Summit delegates a happy world water day. World Water Day Message, from Geoff Green. On June 22nd, Green will address CWS delegates from a ship voyaging through Canada's three boundary waters, speaking on Canada as a water and ocean nation, Students on Ice, and sharing [...]
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