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Ottawa Residents Get $15M Water Infrastructure Boost

Posted on July 26, 2017
Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa-Vanier, Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, and deputy mayor Bob Monette announced that 21 new projects in Ottawa have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—more than $15.8 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects, over $7.9 million, and the City of Ottawa will provide the balance of funding. The investment will go towards water and sewer renewal project between Lavergne Street and Ste Cecile Road in Vanier, which [...]

DFO Seeks Comments on Fisheries Act

Posted on July 26, 2017
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the launch of the second phase of Let's Talk Fish Habitat, an online public consultation to seek Canadians' views on recent changes to the Fisheries Act. In the first phase of this consultation, DFO received recommendations regarding lost protections to the Act and also shared on which modern approaches should be taken to better protect fish and fish habitat. DFO is now seeking views on potential program and policy changes for a revised Fisheries Act, and feedback on how to best proceed in order to achieve some of the goals identified [...]

Federal Government Invests $9.2M in White Bear First Nation

Posted on July 26, 2017
The government of Canada announced new investments to the elimination of the long-term drinking water advisory in White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan. The approximately $9.2 million will help replace the community's water treatment system, enabling more than 800 residents to access clean water for the first time in over five years. The project, expected to be complete by December 2018, is part of Canada's commitment of $1.8 billion to improve water infrastructure and strengthen Indigenous communities. "This investment means that soon, people in White Bear First Nation will be able to turn on the tap and drink the water and [...]

Council of the Great Lakes Region Signs Partnership Agreement

Posted on July 25, 2017
The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) are very pleased to announce a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed on July 07, 2017 the agreement launches an ambitious effort by CGLR and NEMWI to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada by undertaking joint policy research on a variety of economic, social and environmental policy issues facing the Great Lakes region, as well as outreach to federal, state-provincial and local legislators and policy-makers in both countries. The overarching goals of the new partnership include: Conducting [...]

Ontario Recruiting First Chief Scientist

Posted on July 24, 2017
The province of Ontario is searching for its first chief scientist to advance science and evidence-based decision making in Ontario. The chief scientist will advise on the long term vision and strategic research agenda for Ontario and provide scientific expertise on a range of province-wide issues including the aging population, transformative technologies, and climate change. They will also work to ensure the province remains a top destination for global research talent and help advance Ontario's reputation as a jurisdiction that believes investing in knowledge and science is the key to success and economic prosperity. In March [...]

Randle Reef Cleanup Renewed with Contract

Posted on July 24, 2017
Cleaning up the environment and improving water quality for the benefit of Canadians while creating middle-class jobs remains a high priority for the Government of Canada. Minister Catherine McKenna, announced on behalf of the acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Jim Carr, a joint-venture contract award to Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. and Fraser River Pile & Dredge Inc. for stage two of the Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation project. The contract, valued at $32.9 million, was awarded following a fair, open, and competitive process. Funding partners of the Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment [...]

Feds Invest $26M in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Posted on July 24, 2017
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $25.7 million in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, which is part of the $70.5-million funding allocated for freshwater protection in Budget 2017. This program is part of broader efforts by this Government to advance work on freshwater management in Canada. Minister McKenna said is a press released, "Canada believes that sustained action on Lake Winnipeg restoration is key to the future health of citizens and economic prosperity in this region. Working alongside provincial and Canadian partners, the Government [...]

$13 Million Awarded to Wetland Projects in 7 States

Posted on July 24, 2017
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced that the agency will award $13 million to projects in seven states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). “These locally-led partnerships are instrumental in achieving greater wetland acreage and maximizing their benefits to farmers, ranchers and the local and rural communities where wetlands exist.” NRCS acting chief Leonard Jordan said. Wetland reserve easements enable landowners to successfully reduce impacts from flooding, recharge [...]

Ministers of Agriculture Reach New National Agreement

Posted on July 22, 2017
Ministers of agriculture reached agreement in Newfoundland this week on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial agricultural policy framework, during the annual meeting held July 19-21. The new agreement defines how a $3 billion investment will be allocated over five years, replacing the Growing Forward framework that has been in place for the past two five-year cycles. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will focus on six priority areas: Science, Research, and Innovation – Helping industry adopt practices to improve resiliency and productivity through research and innovation in key areas. Markets [...]

Wastewater, Ally in Antibiotic-Resistant Microorganisms

Posted on July 21, 2017
Biosurfactants are compounds produced naturally by bacteria, fungi or yeasts and they have been commercially utilized in shampoos, shower gels, and household cleaning products. They are also used in food, agriculture, cosmetic and medical industries as well as in environmental bioremediation to prevent the spread of spoilage and disease-causing bacteria. "The biosurfactants produced by the two bacteria in my study prevented the growth of major disease-causing bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and gentamicin-resistant E. coli which can lead to life-threatening infections in humans," said Dr. Thando Ndlovu, a [...]
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