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Stantec Appoints New President and CEO

Posted on June 21, 2017
Stantec announced today that following a successful eight-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes will retire at year’s end, effective December 31, 2017. The firm also announced that Gord Johnston, executive vice president of Stantec’s Infrastructure business operating unit, was selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Johnston has more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, including more than 20 years with Stantec. He has also played an active role in helping guide the Company’s Strategic Plan [...]

New Brunswick to Survey Parlee Beach Wetlands, Protect Water Quality

Posted on June 21, 2017
A ground survey to delineate wetlands in the area surrounding Parlee Beach begins this week. The project is part of the government’s effort to improve water quality at the beach. The declaration of Parlee Beach as a unique feature of the environment means developments that could affect water quality at the beach now require a review by the Department of Environment and Local Government to determine if an Environmental Impact Assessment is needed. “I encourage all property owners in the area to allow access to their properties for this survey to be conducted in order to help us get things done, as this will improve our understanding [...]

High River, Alta., Flood Mitigation Receives Planning Award

Posted on June 21, 2017
The Town of High River received an Award of Merit on June 19 at the annual Building Resilience Conference in Calgary for the 2015 High River Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which instituted flood mitigation infrastructure throughout the downtown. Since the Alberta floods, High River has constructed pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, naturalized parks, and green spaces, incorporating flood mitigation into existing pedestrian and cycling pathway systems for beautification and functionality. Downtown High River land use design plan. Courtesy, Town of High River. “The Town has invested a great deal in new infrastructure throughout [...]

Quebec Passes Wetlands and Water Conservation Act

Posted on June 20, 2017
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has praised the Quebec government’s new Act to conserve wetlands and water. The Act respecting the conservation of wetlands and bodies of water was passed unanimously by the Members of the National Assembly of Quebec on Friday, June 16. The Act reforms the legal framework that protects wetlands and water bodies, targeting land use planning, the planning and integrated management of water resources, the environmental authorization scheme, and natural heritage conservation measures. In a release, DUC called the Act “a turning point in the history of wildlife and wetland habitat conservation.” Enshrined [...]

Québec, Vermont, New York Continue Work on Lake Champlain

Posted on June 20, 2017
Yesterday, the Province of Québec, the State of Vermont, and the State of New York announced that they will continue to work together to restore and protect the waters and natural resources of Lake Champlain. Meeting in Crown Point, N.Y., the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, on behalf of the Premier of Québec, together with the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and representatives from the states of New York and Vermont, came together for the signing ceremony of the fourth edition of the Lake Champlain Action [...]

Experts Question First Nations Drinking Water Engagement Process

Posted on June 19, 2017
On May 29, 2017, the federal ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada posted a notice online that engagement with First Nations for safe drinking water would be undertaken. The announcement came as a surprise to some leaders within the First Nations community and advocacy groups. Details of the engagement strategy were not presented to the communities or representative organizations prior to or at the time of its launch. The information presented on the website also lacks direct or clear details regarding the engagement process. Instead, it describes: “The Government of Canada will engage with: national and regional [...]

Toronto Appoints New Chief Resilience Officer

Posted on June 16, 2017
The City of Toronto has appointed Elliott Cappell as chief resilience officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Toronto prepare for catastrophic events and urban stresses that are increasingly part of 21st century life. As CRO, Cappell reports to City Manager Peter Wallace and will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city. Toronto was selected from almost 1,000 cities that applied over the last several years to be part of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). "Toronto needs to be ready to meet unexpected challenges, such as the recent [...]

Annual Report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality Released

Posted on June 16, 2017
The Capital Regional District (CRD), B.C., has released its 2016 Annual Report on Greater Victoria Drinking Water Quality this week, providing an overview of water quality testing conducted in 2016 across the Regional Water Supply System serving Greater Victoria. Results included in the report indicate that the regions drinking water continues to be of excellent quality and safe to drink. The CRD’s aim is to undertake a comprehensive water quality monitoring program as part of its multi-barrier approach to providing a safe drinking water supply to Greater Victoria. The key aspects of the program are: to ensure that the source [...]

Port Perry, Ont., New Pollution Control Plant Commissioned

Posted on June 16, 2017
Yesterday, the Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department celebrated the official opening of the new Nonquon Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). The new facility will provide for future growth in Port Perry, while utilizing the existing lagoons to store peak flows until they can be treated by the new plant. The new Nonquon WPCP has a rated annual average day flow of 5,900 cubic metres per day, compared to the previous lagoon-based treatment system which had a treatment capacity of 3,870 cubic metres per day. The new treatment facility had a total planning, design and construction cost of almost $30,000,000, and is designed [...]

Report: Increase Protection of North Saskatchewan River Headwaters

Posted on June 16, 2017
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has announced  support of a Wildlife Conservation Society Canada report that provides clear scientific evidence for the protection of the Bighorn Backcountry, a key headwaters region on Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Y2Y has concurred with the report and its recommendation for increased provincial protection for the headwaters region, including the North Saskatchewan River. The 148-page report titled Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: Protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Precious Waters assesses the conservation value of approximately 10,000 square kilometres of unprotected wilderness and [...]

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