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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 [...]

Will the Great Lakes be Swallowed by Asian Carp?

Posted on March 7, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

The fate and ecosystem integrity of the Great Lakes Basin is more dubious than ever now that decision makers in the U.S. are weakening measures to address Asian carp. The problem of Asian carp infiltrating the Great Lakes has escalated recently with the delay of Chicago-area defense measures and budget [...]

Exercising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Posted on February 27, 2017
Written by Karen Busby

When the human right to life-sustaining drinking water and healthy sanitation is violated, anyone can call their governments to account. Those whose rights were violated also have the option of filing a claim in court. At least four legal frameworks protect the human right to water and sanitation. This [...]

Incredible Potential of Onsite Water Treatment Systems

Posted on February 23, 2017
Written by Rick Esselment and Trish Johnson

Onsite wastewater treatment systems can provide permanent, affordable, and safe solutions for small communities. They can remove pollutants, including nitrogen and phosphorous, and often have a smaller energy footprint than conventional sewage plants. Onsite water systems keep water in the local watershed [...]

Seeking Answers in Grassy Narrows

Posted on February 14, 2017
Written by Eve Krakow

The Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) First Nation has been living with the effects of mercury poisoning for over a generation. While liability has not been established, it is known that between 1962 and 1970, the Reed Paper’s chemical plant in Dryden dumped 10 tonnes of mercury [...]

Experimenting With Green Laneways in Toronto

Posted on February 1, 2017
Written by Ariana Cancelli

The City of Toronto has more than 2,400 publicly owned laneways. These back alleys, that run throughout the city, behind our streets, connecting our residential and commercial neighbourhoods, are an integral part of the urban landscape. If all 2,400 laneways were put together, they would take up around [...]

Ontario Must Act to Protect Waterways Within the Greenbelt

Posted on January 25, 2017
Written by Steve Parish

Pressure is mounting on all sides. The Greater Toronto Area is planning to accommodate another four million people and provide over six million jobs in the next 25 years. New residents will demand affordable housing options, connected and walkable communities, social services, and the preservation of [...]

How CETA will Impact the Water Sector

Posted on January 19, 2017
Written by Jeff Sanford

The Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) moved closer to full implementation this fall. A late- October challenge from the Walloon region of Belgium threatened to knock negotiations off course, but concessions were made, and a ratification ceremony in Brussels went ahead on October 30. A draft [...]

A Public Engagement Strategy for Biosolids Management

Posted on January 13, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky

On a chilly April evening in 2013, a large group of residents filed into a crowded room at recreational facility in Cambridge, Ontario. The mood was beginning to intensify, as the lineup expanded down the hall. To an outsider, the scene resembled a checkout counter at Toys “R” Us on Boxing Day.  [...]
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