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Today's Downpour, Tomorrow's Crisis?

Posted on February 12, 2009
Bright and early conversation on water quality and climate change was uncomfortably apropos after last night's flooding of Union Station and record-breaking February rainfall. It was still pouring as I entered RBC Plaza's south tower just after 7 a.m. to attend the "Our Water; Our Future" panel with Dr. Maggie Xenopoulos, an associate professor in Trent University's biology department; Mark Dzurko, a Ph.D. candidate studying trace metal biogeochemistry; and Dr. Derek Mueller, a renowned polar scientist. After a glowing introduction from CBC's Shelagh [...]

Fighting the Water Battle

Posted on February 3, 2009
Maude Barlow has mesmerizing rhetoric. Last Thursday night, she and CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan made their penultimate stop on their Unbottle It! tour, and every shocking statistic in Barlow's repertoire brought surprised gasps and clucking tongues from all corners of the room. Needless to say, the Steelworkers Hall was thick with an atmosphere of activism and sister-and-brotherhood. I'm not going to lie, I got a little caught up in the fervor myself and secretly hoped that the Nestlé spy would make him or herself known and start a wild debate. That [...]

Budget 2009: What Does Water Get?

Posted on January 28, 2009
Upgrades to Quebec water and sewer systems and other "priority" Building Canada Fund projects will be expedited, according to yesterday's budget release. This comes as a welcome announcement, especially after the latest aging water main catastrophe in Montreal. Infrastructure topped the list on the budget PR from the Minister of Finance's office, receiving an additional $12 billion in stimulus funding for projects across the country. This includes funds for short-term, "shovel-ready" projects such as sewer upgrades and is indeed new funding on top of the [...]
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