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Lakes in Our Backyard Serve as Windows into Earth’s Origins

Posted on July 21, 2017
Written by Josh D. Neufeld, Jackson Tsuji, and Sherry Schiff

Countless lakes in Canada and elsewhere may offer some important insights into how life on Earth began and may also help us grapple with the pressing environmental issues facing the planet today. The Boreal Shield is the the largest of Canada’s 15 terrestrial ecozones, where boreal forests overlap [...]

Kernza, the Next Winner for Water and Agriculture?

Posted on July 17, 2017
Written by Katherine Balpataky

When the makers of Cheerios get behind a new grain, touted to build healthier soils, sequester carbon, improve water quality, and be drought resistant: take notice. In March 2017, Cascadian Farm, part of General Mills, announced a partnership with The Land Institute in Kansas, U.S.A. to commercialize [...]

OPINION: Why Ontario Needs the Sewage Bypass Reporting Act

Posted on July 5, 2017
Written by Krystyn Tully

On May 31, the Sewage Bypass Reporting Act, 2017 passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature. The bill amends the Ontario Water Resources Act to ensure that information about sewage bypasses is communicated to the general public. The Act comes at a time when more people than ever before are turning [...]

Looking at Future Stormwater Solutions

Posted on June 26, 2017
Written by Brian Owens

Onto each city, some rain must fall. But we can be smarter about how we deal with it. Most of the time rainwater is treated as a nuisance or a threat, something to be quickly swept away and dumped into rivers or lakes so that it doesn't end up in our basements. But what if, instead, that water was treated [...]

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 [...]
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