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York Region to Invest $2.4B in Water and Wastewater

Posted on April 21, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has announced that it will invest a total of $2.4 billion in water and wastewater projects over the next decade. York Regional Council received updates on water and wastewater infrastructure investments, along with road and transit, that are needed to provide reliable water and wastewater services, accessible travel options, and support growing communities. “York Region continues to plan and invest in the future of our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Building and maintaining our road network, ensuring ease of travel and safeguarding our water and forests allows [...]

Metro Vancouver Launches Unflushables Campaign

Posted on April 21, 2017
Metro Vancouver is rolling out a new campaign, The Unflushables, in hopes of educating residents to stop dumping items down the drain that clog the municipal and regional sewer system. This is a national problem and the cost of dealing with this issue across Canada has been estimated at $250 million. The 2017 Unflushables campaign, which launched yesterday, will focus on the worst offenders for clogged drains, such as wipes, paper towels, dental floss, hair, tampons and applicators, and condoms, as well as medications. "You wouldn't believe some of the items that people flush, but it's the everyday objects that people often don't [...]

Report Finds Weak Business Case for Site C Hydroelectric

Posted on April 20, 2017
The University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance has released a new report that suggests that continuing with the Site C hydroelectric project will cost ratepayers approximately $1.5 billion more than if alternative energy projects had been developed. The Program stated that the purpose of the new report is to provide deeper insight to government, policy-makers, and the general public regarding the economics of the Site C Project. The report addresses whether the Site C Project is past the point of no return from an economic perspective. The report analyses circumstances that have changed since BC Hydro compared [...]

Report: Canada's Cleantech Sector Needs Policy Encouragement

Posted on April 20, 2017
A new report from Analytica Advisors has said that Canada’s cleantech sector will struggle if federal policy fails to appropriately encourage the market. The report, 2017 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, says that Canada’s federal government wants to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, but without smart new policy to build markets, unlock private finance, and secure innovation, the nation’s cleantech sector will quickly fall behind. On a cash flow basis, the industry appears reasonably healthy—revenues are up 8 per cent over the previous year, the report finds. But the overall industry is not profitable [...]

OOWA Joins Statement on Flushable Products

Posted on April 19, 2017
The Ontario Onsite Water Association is the latest group to lend its support to the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group’s (MESUG) Wastewater Industry Statement on Flushable/Non-flushable Products. The wide-spread and growing use of what are labelled by producers as ‘flushable’ products is creating a significant financial and maintenance burden on municipal wastewater treatments systems.  These are wipes that do not break down and eventually clog pumps and interfere with the proper treatment processes of wastewater. OOWA's residual hauler members are highly familiar with these products and the harmful and costly affects [...]

Kawartha Lakes Develops Climate Change Response Plan

Posted on April 19, 2017
Yesterday, the city of Kawartha Lakes Council formally launched the Kawartha Lakes Healthy Environment Plan. Since 2016, the City has been working with Partners for Climate Protection, an arm of the FCM that assists municipalities across Canada to design and implement climate change action plans. City partners will work with a Steering Committee and Community Working Group to develop and implement the plan. Invitations to participate as a member on the Community Working Group will be sent out in early May. Councilor Gord Miller said, "I see this plan as an opportunity to bring all community energy initiatives together to care for [...]

Montreal to Get $84.4M from Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Posted on April 19, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced that they will invest nearly $84.4 million in two water projects in the Montréal area. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal area, announced the $84.4 million investment under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, noted that was has always been a priority for his administration. "Expenditures on water infrastructure have increased [...]

Northeast-Midwest Institute on Bi-National Great Lakes Efforts

Posted on April 18, 2017
The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI), a U.S. not-for-profit focused on economic development in and around the Great Lakes, has commented on the International Joint Commission (IJC) Triennial Assessment of Progress on Great Lakes Water Quality and the 2016 Progress Report of the Parties. NEMWI has issued two substantive comments on the subjects of the documents: Nutrients and Areas of Concern (AOCs). Nutrients NEMWI points out that the IJC’s Triennial Assessment of Progress (TAP) report shows a lack of specificity by Canada and the U.S. in their commitments to “undertake and share research, monitoring and modeling necessary [...]

$37M in Funding for Man. Water & Wastewater Projects

Posted on April 18, 2017
The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced investment in provincial infrastructure as they continue to develop modern, reliable water and wastewater services. The governments perceive these investments as safeguarding public health and well-being, protecting provincial waterways, and preserving local ecosystems. Today, Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations, were in Elie to announce more than $37 million in combined funding for 24 new water and wastewater projects [...]

$3.2M in Capital Investments for St. John's Water Systems

Posted on April 18, 2017
Yesterday, St. John’s City Council voted on whether to approve the Capital Plan for 2016–2018 — council minutes were unavailable at the time of writing. The plan includes $28.7 million in capital projects for 2017, including $3.2 million dedicated to its water systems. The capital plan will support a wide array of projects in St. John’s, as councillor Jonathan Galgay, chair of the Finance and Administration Standing Committee, explained: “It includes studies, facility renovations and upgrades, roadwork, park construction and improvements, and water and sewer projects. Implementation of automated garbage collection and the [...]
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