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On Top of the World

Posted on February 18, 2013

How one new professional spent a summer in Alert, Nunavut—the northernmost community on Earth.

Water has always fascinated Marcus Sheppard. After taking a course in hydrology at Wilfrid Laurier University, he looked to Sir Sandford Fleming College’s Environmental Technology program to learn more about water quality testing, analysis, drinking water, and wastewater treatment. As a student [...]

Building Healthy Soil

Posted on February 7, 2013
Written by Dean Young

Making urban landscapes more absorbent to stormwater.

Urban development fundamentally changes the ways by which water flows through the local environment. Without the application of best management practices to control stormwater runoff and improve its quality, the health of natural ecosystems that urban streams, lakes, and wetlands support declines. Healthy [...]

The Cold Gold Rush

Posted on January 31, 2013
Written by Mia Bennett

How is mining’s legacy affecting water in Canada’s north?

With pickaxes and pans in hand, tens of thousands of people flooded the Yukon in 1896 in search of gold in its snowy creeks. Three years later, the rush came to an abrupt end as miners left for Alaska. Fast forward to 1991, when diamonds were discovered in the Northwest Territories’ (NWT’s) Slave [...]

Interview: Mark Terry, Canadian Explorer

Posted on January 24, 2013

Filmmaker and polar explorer Mark Terry has travelled to both ends of the earth, making it his business to share what he learns from teams of scientists with the world. He focuses particularly on the topic of climate change, and has learned a great deal from observing the ice, snow, and water in those [...]

Breaking the Ice

Posted on January 18, 2013
Written by Rob Jamieson and Wendy Krkosek

The trouble with implementing national wastewater standards in our country’s coldest climates.

Managing sewage in Canada’s Arctic communities is very different than in the more populated southern regions of Canada. Arctic communities tend to have small populations of 100 to 2,000 people and many can only be accessed by air, or by sea during the brief summer season. The cold climate and permafrost [...]

Canada’s Top Water Projects 2013

Posted on January 11, 2013

In partnership with ReNew Canada’s annual Top 100 Projects, Water Canada presents a selection of the top water and wastewater projects in the country.

For a long time, water and wastewater systems have been developed and redeveloped on a piecemeal basis, says Shane Freitag, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He thinks they need a more holistic—and cost effective—approach. “Currently, there is little in the way of regional or area planning,” [...]

Interview: Michele-Lee Moore on Global Water Governance

Posted on January 7, 2013

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance’s Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series kicks off 2013 with a session on global networks and governance innovation for resilient watersheds. Water Canada spoke with University of Victoria’s Michele-Lee Moore, an emerging scholar in this area, who will [...]

Look Before You Leak

Posted on January 2, 2013

Funding is scarce and need is great. How can municipalities optimize the water assets they already own?

As the infrastructure deficit exceeds capital and operational budgets, the leaders in charge of Canada’s municipal water and wastewater assets and operations are being asked to do more with less. User rates are not high enough to reflect the true cost of water infrastructure and operations and government [...]

Rethinking Pumps and Pipes

Posted on December 7, 2012
Written by Michael Anschel and Kerry Freek

Hot ideas for moving warm water around the home.

Even though hot water can be the first or second largest use of energy in many homes, not a lot of thought is given to moving it through buildings efficiently. Add domestic hot water use, filtration, and distribution networks, and the energy value of water becomes significantly larger than generally [...]

Building Blue

Posted on November 30, 2012
Written by Kaitlynn Dodge

Forging a path to reduce the residential water footprint.

For a City that relies solely on groundwater, conservation is a given challenge. Add to that a rapidly growing population and a strategy to reduce water use by 20 per cent by 2020, and you’ve got one ambitious target. Guelph, Ontario is the fifth fastest growing city in Canada. Currently, population [...]
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