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Interview: Heather Jirousek on Yukon's Water Strategy

Posted on May 20, 2013

Heather Jirousek. How is Yukon’s newly proposed water strategy different from other provincial and territorial water strategies? It’s not, really, says Heather Jirousek, a program advisor at Environment Yukon’s water resources branch. “We want water for people and water for nature. We looked [...]

Drinking Water Dispute

Posted on May 10, 2013

Shoal Lake 39 and Winnipeg battle over shared resources.

When I visited Chief Eli Mandamin near Kenora, Ontario last May, he was preparing an affidavit in response to the City of Winnipeg’s move to expand water services to nearby communities. “I’m hoping the affidavit will sway them,” he told me. Why the concern for a city that falls within Manitoba’s [...]

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Posted on May 6, 2013
Written by Tony Kobilnyk

Will advances in anaerobic digestion herald the return of the garburator?

Garburators, or food waste disposers, 
are banned in some Canadian cities and strongly discouraged in others. Why? There are concerns that pulverized food waste from the whirring, under-sink food grinders could clog sewers, use more water to flush food down the drain, and require extra equipment, energy [...]

Interview: Deborah Curran on Water Entitlements in British Columbia

Posted on April 22, 2013

Deborah Curran. Few places in the world use allocation systems as part of their overall water management regime—Alberta and British Columbia are two, Australia, Oregon, and California are other examples. As demand for water resources grows, the use of licences has prompted several important questions [...]

Open the Flood Gates

Posted on April 5, 2013
Written by Susan McGeachie

Business risk amplifies as insurance companies deal with climate change.

As businesses struggled to recover from one of the greatest economic crises since the 1930s, natural disaster struck. According to Neil Gilbertson, managing director at Marsh Canada, 2011 was one of the worst loss years for insurers in history, costing insurers over $100 billion. In Thailand, for instance [...]

Rust Never Sleeps

Posted on April 1, 2013
Written by Randy Cooper

A lack of pipe cleaning standards contributes to perennial corrosion issues.

As aging water assets reach the end of their lives, leaks, breaks, and decreased hydraulic performance are increasingly evident across Canada. Old metallic pipes are often rife with rust (due to corrosion), sediment, old coatings, and even biological growth that can negatively affect water quality. As [...]

User Fees That Please

Posted on March 25, 2013
Written by Nick Gollan

A new user pay and credit system helps Kitchener fund its municipal stormwater program.

Stormwater flows within the Kitchener, Ontario area are directed towards the Grand River, with Lake Erie acting as the ultimate receiver. Additionally, about 70 per cent of the drinking water for Kitchener residents comes from groundwater sources, with the balance from the Grand River; therefore, source [...]

Message in a Bottle

Posted on March 8, 2013
Written by Saul Chernos

Researchers sound warning about plastics in Great Lakes.

When Dr. Sherri Mason and her team cast a net into three Great Lakes last July, scouring for debris, they weren’t sure what to expect. Mason, an associate professor of chemistry with the State University of New York (SUNY), had followed the ongoing saga of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and other [...]

Full-Cost Rates for Water and the Chimera of “Affordability”

Posted on March 1, 2013
Written by Carl Bodimeade and Steven Renzetti

In recent years, Canadian municipalities have realized that the price we pay for water and wastewater services must rise. We’ve needed to move towards sustainable systems not just from an environmental perspective, but also to meet social and financial sustainability requirements. Historically, water [...]

Interview: Dr. Howard Wheater on Water Use in Agriculture

Posted on February 26, 2013

While the agricultural sector is an important contributor to Canada’s prosperity, it’s also a major consumer of water resources and, when not properly managed, linked to environmental detriment. Recognizing the growing demand for food worldwide and the challenges of water-related risk, Agriculture [...]
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