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First Nations Access to Water Infrastructure Linked to Health

Posted on June 15, 2017
Written by Dr. Melanie O’Gorman and Helen Fallding

International development experts are well aware that families in poor countries living without a toilet or piped drinking water are at risk for all kinds of health problems. Yet it’s sometimes hard for Canadians to accept that there are similar conditions on some First Nation reserves that may also [...]

A New Water Management Paradigm Aims to be Energy-Positive

Posted on June 11, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky

As if consistently topping world happiness surveys wasn’t enough to make you wonder what they’re doing right in Arhaus, Denmark, how about this? They’ve achieved a 134 per cent surplus in energy production from their wastewater treatment, serving 200,000 people. That’s right. Arhaus—the second [...]

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 [...]

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