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Wastewater Treatment Video Connects Community to Water

Posted on January 25, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has released a video detailing its wastewater treatment process at its biological nutrient removal (BNR) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The plant treats water for four communities: City of West Kelowna, the District of Peachland, and Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10. "The video was created in an attempt to bring awareness of the Westside Regional Wastewater facility. We hoped to target not only the public through our various social media sites but also our stakeholders..." said Mike Wyman AScT [...]


Posted on January 13, 2017
  O all the little rivers that run to Hudson's Bay, They call me and call me to follow them away. Missinaibi, Abitibi, Little Current—where they run Dancing and sparkling I see them in the sun.                                                                                —excerpt of the poem Rivers of Canada by Bliss William Carman.   Some people see beauty in the patterns of the natural world. Robbi Bishop-Taylor is one of them. The PhD candidate at the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change [...]

Wild Salmon Caravan

Posted on January 3, 2017
For thousands of years, wild salmon have been an important Indigenous food and cultural and ecological keystone species that feeds the entire Pacific and Inland Temperate Rainforests. For the third year in a row, in honour of the species, a group of First Nations groups from the Salish Coast hosted the 2016 Wild Salmon Caravan—to raise awareness of the importance of the species and to highlight its demise to the rest of Canada. From June 6 - 11 in 2016 a colourful band of chiefs, community members, biologists, artists, musicians, environmental activists [...]

Thank you Jess!

Posted on December 8, 2016
The editors of Water Canada would like to thank Jessica Neal for her contributions to our blog. Neal brings great energy and enthusiasm to her work, and we are pleased that she will continue to pursue her water passions through the Great Water Challenge, hosted by Waterlution. It's been great to explore the interests of students and young professionals through her eyes! You can follow her on Twitter at @JessNeal18.     [...]

Five Tips from a Successful Young Professional

Posted on November 23, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
Aline Bennett is a water and wastewater assistant project engineer at Opus DaytonKnight in Vancouver, British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering in biosource engineering at McGill University and her Master of Applied Science in civil engineering with a focus on pollution control and waste management at the University of British Columbia. In 2014, she became a member of the Canadian Water Network's (CWN) Young Professional Committee. Now, Aline coordinates webinars on cross-disciplinary water topics for CWN.   Aline’s experiences [...]

The Great Waters Challenge #3

Posted on November 22, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
Last week, I gave a presentation to a Grade 12 class about the Hamilton Harbour: Randle Reef Cleanup Project. For the third Great Waters Challenge (GWC), I had to organize an event, inform attendees about a local water issue, and do so in an engaging way. Challenge #3 was my favorite so far, because I visited the teacher whose class inspired me to make a difference in the world. Hamilton Harbour was listed as an Area of Concern under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1985, and Randle Reef has the largest amount of cancer-causing [...]

Attending a SYP Leadership Retreat

Posted on November 11, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
This week’s blog post is all about my exciting weekend with the Great Waters Challenge (GWC) Youth Advisory Board. I was honoured to be asked to join the GWC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to report about their weekend retreat, because I knew this would be a great opportunity to connect with other water-focused SYPs and share my experience on Bubble. Dona Geagea, youth engagement designer and facilitator for the GWC, promised a day of outdoor activities, team building, discussions, and project building workshops, and I was not disappointed.   After [...]

Interview with Bluefin Director, John Hopkins

Posted on November 1, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
If you’re looking for some new film material, I would recommend, Bluefin, directed by John Hopkins. Bluefin takes an inside look at the Atlantic tuna fishing industry in North Lake, P.E.I. North Lakes is the “tuna fishing capital of the world,” but how long will that last? The film presents two very different views on what is happening to tuna populations. On the one hand, the fishing community, who sail the Atlantic Ocean every day, are saying that the fish are so abundant, they will eat bait right out of hands. On the other side, scientists [...]

Great Water Challenge: Exploring Your Watershed

Posted on October 31, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
This month, I entered into the Waterlution Great Water Challenge (GWC)—an online, interactive, nation-wide program, for SYP’s under the age of 30 that aims to get participants out into their local communities to learn about the local water supply problems. For my second task as part of the GWC, I have decided to take on the role of The Explorer. As The Explorer, I must find two water-related landmarks of significance in my neighbourhood or community and research the history of human use and development in the area. I have selected  Sixteen Mile Creek [...]

Jess Enters the Great Water Challenge with Waterlution

Posted on October 28, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
This month, I entered into the Waterlution Great Water Challenge—an online, interactive, nation-wide program, for SYP’s under the age of 30 that aims to get participants out into their local communities to learn about the local water supply problems. About the Great Water Challenge The Great Water Challenge (GWC) was developed by Waterlution, a non-profit organization that engages young leaders, organizations, businesses, and communities in fostering pattern-breaking and pattern-making change towards inclusive, sustainable ways to manage water. By [...]
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