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A Climate Change Strategy for Canada’s Coastal Communities

Posted on May 26, 2017
Written by Jimena Eyzaguirre, Marc Nelitz, Natascia Tamburello, Erica Olson, and Colleen Cranmer.

We have come a long way in understanding how the impacts of climate change affect Canada’s coasts and what to do about them. In 2004, the Government of Canada released an assessment report summarizing the latest science on climate change impacts and adaptation. When it came to coastal areas, impacts [...]

Utilities Kingston Unveils Real-Time Sewage Overflow Monitoring and Notification System

Posted on May 18, 2017
Written by Mark Mattson

Something monumental just happened on Lake Ontario, and I want my colleagues around the world to know about it. Today, Utilities Kingston unveiled a real-time sewage overflow monitoring and notification website. It is a great system designed to show the location of outflow pipes and report when [...]

The Wisdom of Green Infrastructure for Manitoba’s Future

Posted on May 15, 2017
Written by Hank Venema

As the Manitoba Government contemplates the shape and form of its carbon pricing and green plan, heeding the words of perhaps our greatest public intellectual might be prudent. “We shape the tools then the tools shape us,” said Marshal McLuhan, the Kelvin High School and University of Manitoba [...]

Canada Needs a National Strategy to Address Flood Risk

Posted on May 9, 2017
Written by Lapo Calamai

When Water Canada published a story on the top seven water stories for 2016, the authors highlighted the federal government’s commitment to new funds for water infrastructure, as well as research suggesting that Canadian governments and homeowners are not adequately prepared for the flooding caused [...]

Urbanization Effect on Hydrology

Posted on May 3, 2017
Written by Mary Trudeau

Changing atmospheric temperatures are forcing changes in the water cycle—higher evaporation rates, more frequent and intense rainstorms, and less precipitation as snow. Together these changes mean precipitation patterns, and the corresponding flow responses in rivers, have become less predictable. In [...]

Canadian Water: Get Ready for a Free-Trade Deal With China

Posted on April 20, 2017
Written by Jeff Sanford

The global trade environment is undergoing an unexpected radical period of change. One of the first acts of the Trump White House was to remove the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With the U.S. out, China, which was not part of the original negotiations, stepped into the gap. This past March [...]

Water Experts Comment on Budget 2017

Posted on April 12, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

Budget 2017 was released almost a month ago and received a wide range of commentary analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. To highlight the impact of Budget 2017 on the water industry, Water Canada tapped experts from Assembly of First Nations, BC Water and Waste Association, and WaterTAP to comment [...]

Three Out of Ten: Odds of a Solution to First Nations Water Rights in Alberta

Posted on April 4, 2017
Written by Clayton Leonard

The Government of Alberta has developed plans to manage looming water shortages in central and southern Alberta, but those plans risk leaving First Nations without reliable water supplies.  At the heart of the issue is the unresolved legal question of First Nations’ water rights. In 1876 and 1877 [...]

How Does Conservation Pricing Affect Municipal Water Demand?

Posted on March 29, 2017
Written by Michael Fortin, Wayne Galliher, and Emily Stahl

The City of Guelph has been a pioneer in the promotion of water conservation and efficiency in Canada. Motivated by limited supplies of local groundwater and the high cost of piping water from one of the Great Lakes, Guelph developed its first water conservation master plan in 1999. Earlier efforts to [...]

Global Water Forum on Climate and Water Policy

Posted on March 10, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

As World Water Day on March 22nd approaches, water leaders around the world are planning next steps in global water and climate policy and action. After the significant momentum established at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November [...]

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