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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 [...]

Silent Invaders Video Series Profiles Invasive Species

Posted on June 21, 2016
Silent Invaders is 2013 video series that explores the issue of invasive species in our waterways. Dramatic editing, music, and interviews tell a compelling story about how these species are having a devastating effect on ecosystems, fisheries, and the economy. Issue 1 focused on ballast water and the Great Lakes: Issue 2 tells the story of the invasion of  zebra and quagga mussels into the Great Lakes. Other episodes focus on the impacts of sea lamprey, round goby, and Asian carp.The directors interview researchers, water managers, and other experts [...]

Water Dialogues Podcast Launched to Give Voice to Indigenous Canadians on Water Issues

Posted on May 26, 2016
Many Indigenous communities in Canada face significant water-related disparities including long-standing boil water advisories, environmental pollution, and repeated states of emergency due to flooding. In response to these challenges, an interdisciplinary team of women from four Universities—University of Guelph, Queen’s University, Dalhousie University, and Cape Breton University—recently launched the “Water Dialogues” podcast, aimed at creating space for a different kind of discussion around these issues. “The perspectives, values and [...]

What are the Key Areas of Disruptive Technology and Innovation in Water Sector?

Posted on May 26, 2016
Disruptive technologies can take many forms. They can be expressions of new ways to harness or use less energy, the proliferation of  sensors, or the side effect of creating tremendous economies of scale in manufacturing. In the water sector, global pressures to use water more wisely are providing new market demands for transformative technologies. We asked three experts to describe which areas of disruptive innovation in water technology they consider to be most significant for the sector. Peter Gallant, President and CEO, WaterTAP Ontario In the [...]

Droplet Interview: Adele Perry, Author of Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember

Posted on May 19, 2016
Water Canada interviewed Adele Perry, author of the new book, "Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember," published by ARP Books. In the book, she analyses the development of Winnipeg’s municipal water supply as an example of the history of settler colonialism.     Water Canada (WC): Why did you take on this book project? Adele Perry (AP): I took on this project as part of a wider group, or maybe even a movement, of people in Winnipeg who have been working to draw attention to and call for action around the [...]

Droplet Interview: Matt Howard, Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America

Posted on April 13, 2016
On June 23rd, Water Canada will co-host to the eighth annual Canadian Water Summit. Matt Howard, the first director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America (AWS-NA), will join us to discuss his efforts in leading the North American implementation of the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard, which is a strategic framework for companies to identify and mitigate water risks within direct operations and supply chains. Water Canada caught up with Matt to discuss trends in the business of water, the AWS standard, and recent commitments [...]

Forum For Safer Water Supply

Posted on March 31, 2016
Water and water treatment have grabbed headlines recently for the wrong reasons. At a time when anxiety around North American’s drinking water system is increasing, the stunning failures in Flint, Michigan, have raised significant questions within the industry. Water professionals have many more technical questions beyond just Flint that should be asked and need to be answered. While the world is becoming more connected and providing a constant flow of information, finding reliable sources among this infinite amount of data can be daunting. One search [...]

Waukesha Mayor Speaks Out On Great Lakes Diversion

Posted on March 8, 2016
By Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly Waukesha, Wisconsin, has applied to borrow and return Great Lakes water because we need a healthy and sustainable water supply. We are making the request under the terms of the Great Lakes Compact, a binding agreement among states bordering the Lakes that we helped enact. Waukesha needs a new water supply because our groundwater supply is severely depleted, due in part to unique geological features that restrict recharge. Continued use is unsustainable. Naturally occurring contaminants are also increasing, and we are under [...]

Must Reads On Water and Indigenous Canadian Issues

Posted on February 26, 2016
In the March April issue of Water Canada, we explore the many challenges and solutions to delivering safe, reliable water services to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people across Canada. It's an important time for water professionals to get up to speed on these issues, as the federal government has pledged to eliminate drinking water advisories in all First Nations communities within five years. The promise will mean immediate investments in infrastructure projects, capacity-building programs, and policy and regulatory development to address the many gaps [...]
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