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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 [...]

Interview: Imogen Coe, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson

Posted on February 15, 2016
Dr. Imogen Coe is dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and an award-winning scientist who recognized for her research on the cell biology and biochemistry of drug transport proteins. She has nearly 70 scholarly papers, book chapters, and abstracts, and is a champion for urban water sustainability issues. Water Canada speaks to Coe about her love of science, views on wicked water challenges, and women in STEM. Water Canada (WC): When did you decide to pursue a career in science? Imogen Coe (IC): I can't remember a time when I wasn't [...]

Canadian Indigenous Perspectives on Water in Film and Video

Posted on February 10, 2016
Film and video can be important tools for communication and education. This blog contains a collection of videos on the web the pertaining to Indigenous people in Canada and water. Included are perspectives on traditional knowledge, drinking water and wastewater challenges, and project success stories related to capacity building and infrastructure investments. A Sacred Relationship The Sacred Relationship is a research, film, and educational project that explores how reconciling the relationship between Indigenous people and the rest of Canada can [...]

The Woman Who Became the Voice for the Children in the Flint Water Crisis

Posted on January 27, 2016
Written by Jan Johnston Osburn
I’ve been following the events of the Flint water crisis with sheer disbelief. Being an American, I know that we take many things for granted in the U.S. But, clean water? Clean water? Well, it’s always been our right, our expectation. What has happened in Flint seems almost unfathomable. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all. If you are not familiar with the events, I’d encourage you to review the timeline and circumstances. While the details are still being sorted out and the blame game heats up, there’s one woman we need to thank [...]

Half Life: Hospital Radioactive Materials and Our Water

Posted on January 5, 2016
Written by Saul Chernos
While Canadian hospitals generally return leftover medications to the pharmacy for disposal, trace amounts end up in waterways through municipal sewer systems. The situation with radioactive materials used in nuclear medicine is somewhat the same. Peter Fundarek, director of the nuclear substances and radiation devices licensing division of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), said that rules and principles guide the disposal of radioactive materials. The isotopes hospitals handle are usually short lived compared with those from power plants [...]

Interview: Christiaan Welzel's Nature Porn

Posted on December 31, 2015
Filmmaker and creative director Christiaan Welzel captured some dramatic aerial footage of lakes in rivers in western Canada in his hugely popular online  series “Earth Porn.” Water Canada connected with Welzel, while he and his wife Kseniya were shooting a film in Thailand, to discuss the series and the source of his inspiration. Water Canada (WC): What inspired the Earth Porn series? Christiaan Welzel (CW): One of my clients in the ad industry is Travel Alberta (Alberta Tourism). Naturally, when we market Alberta as a destination, we showcase [...]
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