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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 [...]

The Water Brothers: Model SYPs

Posted on October 22, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
Alex and Tyler Mifflin are the co-hosts of their own eco-adventure TV series called Water Brothers, which is broadcast on the TVO network. Currently, they are hard at work editing their 4th season, which is expected to be aired in January 2017. As the name suggests, each Water Brothers episode focuses on “uncovering the most important water stories of our time. What are the problems, and where are the solutions to help us better protect our most precious resource?” They travel across the world to explore key problems in water and the solutions that [...]

Profiling SYP Groups Across Canada

Posted on October 19, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
With everyone telling you to get involved with professional groups and attend every workshop under the sun, you try to read all the latest water sector news to keep up-to-date on newest information.  In your efforts to effectively network, you ask a water professional: “How did you get your job?” Their answer: “I knew this person who put me in contact with this person.” It can be overwhelming, but guess what? Student and young professional groups (SYPs) are a fantastic place to start. These groups can put you in contact with successful professionals [...]

Welcome to Our New Blog Bubble!

Posted on October 6, 2016
Written by Jessica Neal
My name is Jessica Neal. I am currently attending Dalhousie University, but decided to take a year off to delve into the world of water through personal exploration and through Water Canada’s new water blog, Bubble. L-R: Jack Neal (brother) and Jessica Neal Helvellynn, Lake District England                       I grew up in England, hiking the mountains in the Lake District and fishing with my dad off the dock. This is where I gained my love for nature. In [...]

Israel's Water Miracle & Opportunities for Canada-Israel Collaboration

Posted on September 7, 2016
Written by Rafael Barak, Ambassador of Israel to Canada
From Biblical times to Israel's independence in 1948, the Jewish people's 3,700-year presence in our national homeland has been marked by miracles. Today, Israel, which is one of the world's driest countries, has experienced a modern-day miracle as, against all odds, we have achieved water security. Although we may be known as the "Land of Milk and Honey," we have not been blessed with much else in terms of geography and natural resources, especially water. Israel is a small country (two-thirds the size of Vancouver Island), over half of which is desert [...]

Join the #IDontFlush Movement

Posted on August 23, 2016
A new social media campaign is urging Ontario consumers to take a closer look at their personal hygiene disposal habits. The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and the Clean Water Foundation (CWF)—in conjunction with the Regional Municipality of York, Town of Mississippi Mills, Niagara Region, City of Barrie and Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, have teamed up to launch the I Don’t Flush 2016 public awareness campaign on personal hygiene products. The campaign builds on the success of 2014’s campaign, encouraging the proper disposal of waste pharmaceuticals. The [...]

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