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Ballast Water Part of Montreal Company's Sustainability Efforts

Posted on September 25, 2017
Montreal’s CSL Group (CSL)—an owner and operator of self-unloading cargo ships—has released its fourth annual Corporate Sustainability Report,detailing the company's ongoing efforts to improve its performance on a wide range of sustainability-related goals, including ballast water management. The report includes CSL's sustainability results for the 2016–17 fiscal year and covers highlights in the areas of governance, safety, environmental responsibility, ethics, the workplace, employee and community engagement.. "As CSL's new CEO since April 2017, I take great pride and comfort in knowing that CSL and its owners care deeply [...]

Windsor Sustained $124M in Insured Damage from August Flood

Posted on September 25, 2017
Insurance Bureau of Canada has reported that a significant flooding event in Windsor resulted in more than $124 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). From August 28–29, a slow-moving area of low pressure produced significant rainfall over areas of southwestern Ontario. These rains, up to 290 millimetres in some areas, brought major flooding to Windsor, Tecumseh, and other parts of Essex County. The Windsor Airport broke a rainfall record, receiving 100 millimetres of rain in a short period of time. Over 1,000 basements were reported flooded and water levels were waist-high [...]

Souris, P.E.I. Upgrades Water Infrastructure for the First Time since '61

Posted on September 25, 2017
The last time Souris upgraded its water and sewer lines, Swiss Family Robinson was playing in theatres, Bobby Lewis’s “Tossin’ and Turnin’” was the number one song, and the population of Prince Edward Island was 104,629 (up to 146,283 as of 2014.) It was 1961, and the growing seaside town installed iron pipes under its streets. Fast forward 56 years, and those pipes are worn out and cracked from decades of tree root growth. “That’s a lot of stress over the years,” said Greg Jay, maintenance supervisor, Town of Souris. Jay spent this past summer overseeing the ongoing replacement of the town’s sanity sewer [...]

Prov. & Fed. Governments Convene Infrastructure Consultation

Posted on September 22, 2017
On September 21st, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, convened the second federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Minister Sohi and Minister Bob Chiarelli, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure, co-hosted the meeting. “The first phase of the Investing in Canada plan is already at work in our communities supporting vital repairs to our aging pipes and roads, helping communities improve social housing, and allowing transit organizations to replace or repair their fleet,” said Sohi. “We have been collaborating with provinces, territories, municipalities [...]

Saint-Isidore, Que. Invests in Drinking Water, Wastewater Systems

Posted on September 22, 2017
Due to funding from the federal and provincial levels of governments, the Municipality of Saint-Isidore, Quebec now has new drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. ‟The Government of Quebec works in a spirit of collaboration with municipalities to help them renew their public infrastructure,” said Dominique Vien, MNA for Bellechasse, Minister Responsible for Labour, and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière‒Appalaches Region. “The funding provided to Saint-Isidore to carry out this important work will have a positive impact on our people and on the environment as well as generating economic benefits at the [...]

Vancouver Completes Rehabilitation of Tidal Wetland

Posted on September 22, 2017
A new tidal wetland in New Brighton Park in east Vancouver has been created to improve access to nature for park visitors, and provide habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife. The Vancouver Park Board and Port of Vancouver, in consultation with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, have worked together on this unique project to improve the health of Burrard Inlet. The project is a significant opportunity to enhance coastal wetland habitat on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Loss of tidal wetlands from Coal Harbour to Second Narrows has impaired the area’s ability to support fish and wildlife. The creation of [...]

Fenn Report Examines Infrastructure Ontario's Evaluation Process

Posted on September 21, 2017
With billions of dollars at stake and an Ontario economy in need of productivity-enhancing infrastructure, a new study says that improvements could be made to the evaluation process used by governments to select projects. More than $200 billion has been pledged by the federal government and Queen's Park over 12 years. If it is spent wisely, and based on integrated decision-making, Ontario could witness another Golden Age such as in the 1950s and 1960s where major investments transformed our economic and social landscape. According to Michael Fenn, former Ontario deputy minister and author of a new report published [...]

Trojan Tech Will Treat Antarctic Ballast Water

Posted on September 21, 2017
London, Ontario’s Trojan Technologies has had their Marinex technology selected by the Dutch company Damen Green Solutions to outfit an Australian research vessel. Damen Green has designed a ballast water management system (BWMS) for the Government of Australia’s next-generation Antarctic Supply and Research Vessel (ASRV). The company called this a significant decision citing the arduous conditions in which the vessel will be operating and the pristine nature of the waters surrounding the continent and its ice shelves. Following an assessment of all the available options, Damen Green Solutions recommended the Trojan Marinex [...]

Saskatchewan Hydrologist to Advise on U.S. Water Future

Posted on September 21, 2017
University of Saskatchewan hydrologist, Howard Wheater has been appointed to a panel of leading water science experts charged with identifying America’s highest-priority water science and resource challenges over the next 25 years. The group will make recommendations on the strategic water science and research opportunities to address those challenges in 2018. “The loss of life and $180-billion damage from Hurricane Harvey is a wake-up call to the U.S. for the need to better manage water-related threats, including risks from climate change, and the hurricane’s effect on rising gas prices in Canada shows the far-reaching impacts [...]

Ottawa Council Receives Drinking Water Quality Report

Posted on September 21, 2017
Ottawa continues to produce and deliver some of the highest quality and safest drinking water in the world, according to a report received by the Environment and Climate Protection Committee. For the fifth year in a row, the Ottawa’s drinking water systems were rated as 100 per cent in conformance with the quality management system by a third-party accreditation body. By adopting new procedures, Ottawa has also decreased the amount of time residents are without water service during watermain breaks. Despite increasing levels of nitrates in the Shadow Ridge well system in Greely, water from the well system is still safe to drink [...]
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