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Will A Robot Replace Your Water Job in the Future?

Posted on May 25, 2016
Written by Tristan Simpson and Katherine Balpataky

There is a popular theory among North Americans that, in the future, robots might replace people in the workplace. Given self-driving cars are a reality and artificially intelligent robots are beating humans in complex logic games, such a future might not be so far off. A 2016 survey found that a quarter [...]

Mississauga's Mayor Speaks Up On The City's New Stormwater Levy

Posted on May 17, 2016
Written by Bonnie Crombie

The City of Mississauga in Ontario owns nearly $2 billion in stormwater infrastructure that must be properly maintained if we are to build a stronger and more reliable future for Canada’s sixth largest city. Our stormwater drainage system protects water quality and reduces the risk of flooding that [...]

The Case for Federal Investments in Water Innovation and Technology

Posted on April 29, 2016
Written by Brenda Lucas

The federal government delivered its 2016 budget on World Water Day. Tabled on March 22, 2016, it included welcome water-related commitments, including funding to rebuild freshwater science capacity, address Great Lakes phosphorus loadings, and ensure clean drinking water in indigenous communities. However [...]

P3s Can Be An Effective Model for Renewing Water Infrastructure

Posted on April 8, 2016

There is widespread consensus that Canada’s water systems are in urgent need of investment, replacement, and renewal. For many cities and communities, however, the upfront costs are prohibitive. Public-private partnerships (P3s) are gaining ground as a means for governments to achieve their infrastructure [...]

Ottawa Needs A Fresh Approach To Address Drinking Water Regulations For First Nations

Posted on March 22, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

In 2005, when half the people living on the Kashechewan First Nation reserve in Northern Ontario were evacuated following an E. coli outbreak in the drinking water supply, the plight of First Nations communities living under boil-water advisories was made visible. Since then, several high-profile media [...]

Using Tundra Wetlands to Treat Municipal Wastewater in Canada’s Far North

Posted on March 21, 2016
Written by Gordon Balch and Brent Wootton

The treatment of municipal wastewaters in small northern communities across Canada can be challenging because of harsh climatic conditions, difficult logistical and operational circumstances, competing demands on limited financial resources, and challenges associated with staffing treatment plants in [...]

Mackenzie DataStream: Channelling Community-Based Monitoring in the Northwest Territories

Posted on March 15, 2016
Written by Carolyn DuBois

If you talk to anyone who thinks seriously about water, the conversation will at some point turn to the need for evidence-based decision making. If you follow this line of inquiry to the most practical of questions—where is this evidence and how is it being used?—the answers get complicated. From [...]

Combining Western and Traditional Knowledge in the Northwest Territories

Posted on March 11, 2016
Written by Lori Bradford and Lalita Bharadwaj

People living in the North are observing changes in the environment. They have questions about the health of northern ecosystems due to the effects of upstream development and climate pressures and a desire for increased environmental monitoring. Since 2010, indigenous groups in the Northwest Territories’ [...]

Health-Care Facilities Are Cleaning Up Their Water Footprint

Posted on February 17, 2016
Written by Saul Chernos

Hospitals are ground zero for healing the sick, curing disease, and saving lives. So it is unsettling to think of hospitals as less than exemplary stewards of air, land, water, and potentially contributing to human illness. The expression “physician heal thyself” comes to mind as health-care facilities [...]

Small-Town Ontario Bands Together To Get Storm Ready

Posted on February 8, 2016
Written by Robert Walton

Extreme storm events are appearing in the media with growing regularity. The reality is that many buildings and their supporting infrastructure are not designed to withstand such events without sustaining damage. After four such extreme rainfall events in Tavistock, Ontario, residents took action alongside [...]
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