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Legislation to Combat Historic Groundwater Shortage in Nova Scotia

Posted on November 4, 2016
Nova Scotia has introduced legislation to assist municipalities and residents who are experiencing dry wells as a result of a historic water shortage. Amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter introduced on November 3rd allow municipalities to create a program that would pay the costs of drilling or expanding wells upfront. These costs would then be applied to a property’s tax bill and repaid over time. "The lack of rainfall over the past number of months has caused about 2,000 wells in southwest Nova Scotia to go dry. Drilling a new well can be expensive and residents need support [...]

Charlottetown Creek Rehabilitation Gets Funding

Posted on October 28, 2016
The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, has announced funding for the Ellen's Creek Watershed Group (ECWG) for their Living by the Creek project. The project will work with home and business owners in the city that live adjacent to streams and waterways to implement best management practices on their property including: planting in the buffer zone, rain barrels, swales, and other anti-erosion techniques. Participants will be part of the ECWG's awareness campaign as well as provided with free support to improve their properties from a water management prospective. "This project builds [...]

Canadian Rivers Institute Celebrates 15 Years of Achievements in Research

Posted on September 22, 2016
The Canadian Rivers Institute is celebrating 15 years of achievements in aquatic research, in time for World Rivers Day on September 25th. Founded at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2001, the CRI has grown into a network of 22 science directors and their multi-disciplinary research teams housed at 14 universities and institutions across Canada and abroad. A Canadian success story, the CRI has become an international leader in developing solutions to the growing challenges facing the world’s rivers and estuaries, and in training the next generation of aquatic scientists. “As our report today demonstrates, at the CRI [...]

Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited Ordered to Pay $30K in Penalties for Fisheries Act Violation

Posted on August 25, 2016
On August 23rd in St. John’s provincial court, a judge ordered Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited to pay $30,000 in penalties after the company pleaded guilty to a violation of the federal Fisheries Act. The violation relates to a March 2013 incident where untreated and acutely lethal effluent was discharged from the Voisey’s Bay mine into the Anaktalak Bay. Of the total penalty, $25,000 will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. As a result of this conviction, Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The registry contains the names [...]

New Brunswick Environmental Trust Gives $870K to Support Water and Environment Projects

Posted on August 23, 2016
The Environmental Trust Fund is providing about $870,000 to support 26 environmental projects in the Moncton region, including watershed management, and bloom research, and flood protection. “We are proud of the many innovative initiatives supported through the Environmental Trust Fund and we are particularly proud that so many young New Brunswickers are now provided the opportunity to study climate change and other environmental studies here at the post-secondary level,” said Treasury Board Minister Roger Melanson. “The fund is designed to benefit our province’s air, land and water, but it also supports the green economy [...]

Provincial and Federal Government Commit $79 Million to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for New Brunswick

Posted on August 19, 2016
The provincial and federal governments have announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $176 million in combined funding available under two new federal programs, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. Also announced was an initial list of 51 approved projects under the two new programs, including capacity upgrades to Fredericton’s Barker Street Wastewater Treatment Facility and new buses for Moncton’s Codiac Transit. The agreement is part of Phase 1 of the 10-year Investing in Canada plan, which will help lay the foundation for the longer-term federal investment strategy. Under [...]

Three Levels of Government Commit $181 Million to Water and Wastewater in Nova Scotia

Posted on August 16, 2016
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, announced a new bilateral agreement that will result in more than $238 million being invested in wastewater and public transit projects across Nova Scotia. The announcement was made at Jubilee Park in Bridgetown, N.S. on part the Prime Minister’s East Coast Tour. The agreement is intended to improve the health of harbours and rivers across Nova Scotia, resiliency to climate change, and to ensure that residents have access to clean drinking water. The federal government will provide $86 million and the Government of Nova Scotia will provide [...]

Labrador Town Hoping for Funding for Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted on August 10, 2016
The town of Wabush in Labrador is hoping to receive federal funding for the wastewater treatment plant, that is in desperate need of an upgrade. Wabush was not selected to receive a share of the $150 million that was given to Newfoundland & Labrador for Water and Transit Systems. Mayor Colin Vardy told the CBC News, "The wastewater in Wabush is certainly a black eye. When I became elected, I said this is a black eye we're going to wear, because we have to talk about it. The only way we're going to get the funding and partners on board is if we talk about it and the residents understand where we're to." There have been some [...]

Canada Providing $112 Million for P.E.I. Water Infrastructure

Posted on August 3, 2016
The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $112 million in combined funding available under two new federal programs–the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund–and supported by provincial government infrastructure programs. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for the projects supported through these programs. The provincial government and municipalities provide the balance of funding. Premier Wade MacLauchlan said, "Investments in clean, strategic infrastructure build stronger communities, grow [...]

Grocer IGA Provides Over 15,000 Rain Barrels in New Brunswick and Quebec

Posted on July 25, 2016
This summer, grocer IGA partnered with Fonds Éco to deliver its Turnkey project, to provide close to 15,000 rainwater barrels or a residential compost bins in Quebec and New Brunswick. The program delivered nearly 10,000 rain barrels to residents. This distribution has been growing in popularity each year, and the 2016 edition was no exception. Setting a new participation record since the creation of the program, over 31,000 citizens registered for a chance to take home one of the two items for the modest sum of $30. The company reported that the program has steadily grown in popularity since it was launched seven years ago [...]
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