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Canada Launches New Municipal Climate Innovation Program

Posted on October 19, 2017
Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced funding for 103 initiatives in communities across Canada through two new funding programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP). One MCIP-funded project is in Surrey, British Columbia. The community is studying how to adapt to coastal flooding and increase community resiliency. This project has a number of components, such as a plan to minimize infrastructure risk as guided by Engineers Canada PIEVC protocol; a [...]

Victaulic Launches Industry's First Grooved Piping System for PVC

Posted on October 16, 2017
Victaulic, a producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has launched the industry's first grooved piping system designed exclusively for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride/polyvinyl chloride (CPVC/PVC) pipe. Created for use on Schedules 40 and 80 CPVC and PVC pipe, the system includes a full line of installation-ready couplings, fittings, and pipe preparation tools. Victaulic's new solution offers the fastest, cleanest installation method for CPVC/PVC pipe and eliminates several drawbacks associated with traditional joining methods. The plumbing market for potable water systems has started to transition from expensive metallic [...]

Canadian Water Network to Study Wastewater Contaminants in Canada

Posted on October 12, 2017
As the list of chemicals we generate as a society grows and expands, many find their way into wastewater and natural ecosystems. Some of these substances are contaminants that can be harmful to human health, fish, and wildlife. To understand the ability and opportunities to deal with wastewater contaminants in Canada, Canadian Water Network (CWN) will lead a national review of known and emerging contaminants in municipal wastewater and our options to deal with them. This work is being supported by a $400,000 contribution agreement from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The project will leverage CWN’s network of researchers [...]

Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance

Posted on October 10, 2017
A new report released today by researchers from the University of Alberta shares the early results of efforts to capture Traditional Indigenous Knowledge about social-ecological changes that are occurring in the Mackenzie River Basin. Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) researcher Brenda Parlee, who co-authored the report, is an associate professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology. Her research team is exploring the valuable role of local and traditional knowledge in understanding many complex historical and contemporary issues of social and ecological change. The [...]

BluMetric Environmental Plans to Sell Shares

Posted on October 7, 2017
Ottawa-based BluMetric Environmental Inc. announced this week that, subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange, the company will undertake a plan to exchange up to $154,000 of certain existing debt for up to 550,000 common shares of the company. BluMetric Environmental a multidisciplinary wastewater equipment manufacturing company with offices throughout North America. The company's water division focuses on Design-Build Industrial wastewater treatment systems with a broad base of industrial companies, including mining, oil and gas, electricity generation, and landfill companies. BluMetric’s serves clients in Canada, the [...]

Peterborough Water Startup On NASDQ

Posted on October 7, 2017
A Peterborough cleantech startup, born of the Peterborough Regional Angel Network, has gone public on NASDAQ. Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. recently announced that Rainmaker Worldwide Inc. is now a public company, listed on the NASDQ Over the Counter, trading under the symbol RAKR. Rainmaker utilizes two types of energy-­efficient fresh water-­producing technologies to address access to water in deprived regions: Air-to-Water, which harvests fresh water from the air, producing 5,000 to 20,000 litres of drinking water per day Water-to-Water, which transforms seawater or polluted water into drinking water producing 37,500 to 150,000 [...]

Ultra-High Capacity Stormwater Chamber Passes CSA Rating Tests

Posted on October 5, 2017
CULTEC, a Brookfield, Connecticut company that specializes in providing chambers for stormwater management, recently received third-party certification for its newest product to be used in construction projects in Canada. CULTEC’s largest chamber, the Recharger 902HD®, received certification after it passed a review process conducted by Intertek. Intertek found through its testing that samples of the CULTEC chambers meet the requirements set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Intertek tested the samples’ structural capacity and durability during the process. “We are happy that our Recharger 902HD chamber has passed [...]

Canada & FCM Launch New Asset Management Initiative

Posted on September 29, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are launching a new initiative to help local governments strengthen their asset management practices. FCM has awarded $3.6 million to 22 partner organizations from across the country to design and deliver local asset management training to Canadian municipalities. These partners are non-profit, non-governmental organizations from across Canada with a mandate of serving the municipal sector, positioned to help municipalities develop their asset management from theory into practice. “This new initiative will help local governments plan, build and maintain [...]

Best Practices for Building Flood Resilient Communities

Posted on September 26, 2017
New research from the University of Waterloo, funded by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and conducted by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, identifies 20 best practices to design and build new residential communities that are more flood resilient. The best practices were published in the report titled, Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities. Following consultation with municipal stormwater management experts, engineering consultants, developers, insurers and homebuilders, the report outlines best practices, including: Building new homes in [...]

Collaborative Consent for Watershed Co-Governance

Posted on September 26, 2017
On September 21st, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources released Collaborative Consent and British Columbia’s Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance, which articulates a model for achieving a critical shift towards more equitable nation-to-nation relationships between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Canada’s relationships with Indigenous peoples—and the institutions, laws, and policies governing these relationships—remain fraught with challenges 150 years into Confederation. These tensions are evident in freshwater governance in B.C. where [...]
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