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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 [...]

RBC Study Investigates Divided Public Perception of Water

Posted on April 11, 2017
Following on the release of the 10th RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, the RBC Blue Water Project and GlobeScan held a webinar, bringing further discussion and insight to the valuable findings of the data. In the discussion were Andrew Craig, director of Corporate Environmental Affairs at RBC; Rober Haller, executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association; Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health; and Eric Whan, director of GlobeScan. The discussion delved into the study's results, which showed there's a gap between how the public [...]

Canada to Participate in International Water Research

Posted on April 7, 2017
The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced that it will support water research internationally with collaborations through the Water Joint Programming Initiative (WJPI). Of a total of 21 projects receiving funding, Canada will lead three of six projects receiving Canadian support. Canada’s total contribution over three years will be approximately $1.84 million CAD. Overall, WJPI will be supported by 25 national and regional funding organizations from 22 countries. The projects cover a wide range of areas, including social, economic, and natural sciences. They projects also address various challenges [...]

Kingston Wins National Award for Waterfront Master Plan

Posted on April 6, 2017
The City of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan has won a Canadian Society of Landscape Architect's (CSLA) 2017 National Award of Excellence. The 14 winning projects from across Canada represent world-class roadside and residences, ambitious plans for waterfront, community greening and poetic places. "With respect to the waterfront master plan, participating residents know how much hard work and input went into this long-term plan which envisions the future of all of Kingston's waterfronts over the next 30 years. This award affirms that this plan will truly help secure our beautiful vision," said Neal Unsworth, manager, parks development [...]

63 U.S. Representatives Write Letter for Great Lakes Funding

Posted on March 31, 2017
United States congressional representatives have appealed directly to the president that he provide $300 million to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in response to his proposed budget cuts. Yesterday, a total of 63 U.S. congressional representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and other states wrote to Donald Trump to explain that the Great Lakes are a U.S. national treasure and an economic driver. Furthermore, the representatives explained to Trump that “The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the [...]

Cross-Border Partnership Preserves Great Lakes Shoreline Area

Posted on March 29, 2017
Thanks to the cross-border collaboration of several organizations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased one of the last privately owned, undeveloped shorelines between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Known as Big Trout Bay, the property is located just minutes from the international border, and 45 minutes from Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior. Its densely forested land is crucial to several native species, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, which are assessed as special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The 1,018-hectare (2,517-acre) [...]

Mississauga Council Passes Resolution in Support of Great Lakes Initiatives

Posted on March 29, 2017
Mississauga City Council passed a resolution today in support of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Earlier this month, the White House Draft Budget included the elimination of the GLRI. Since its founding in 2010, the GLRI has funded protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. Direction from the White House also halted efforts to control invasive species, particularly Asian Carp, from entering the Great Lakes. “The Great Lakes contain 22.5 per cent of the world’s fresh water. Nearly 40 million people in both Canada and the United States [...]

High Concentration of Microplastic Fibres in Ottawa River

Posted on March 27, 2017
A new study led by researchers at Carleton University has found that microplastic pollution is prevalent in the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Of 62 open water samples and 10 sediment samples, the researchers found that the concentration of microplastic per 100 litres of water was 0.1 fragments per litre. Larger samples taken from the middle of the Ottawa River had a mean concentration of 1.35 fragements per m3. The researchers also found that concentrations of plastic pollution were much higher downstream of the wastewater treatment plant, 1.99 fragments per m3, while upstream concentrations were 0.71 fragments per m3.   Examples [...]

Budget 2017—Seven Areas of Interest for the Water Sector

Posted on March 22, 2017
Although Budget 2017 was ambiguous on tax reform, it did include a significant focus on innovation. From the $1.4 billion of new capital for cleantech and promise of a new approach to procurement, to the commitment and new investments in green infrastructure and smart cities—Budget 2017 proposes some great opportunities for the water sector. Here's seven areas of note: 1. Infrastructure—Communities build for change Budget 2017 asserts a bold goal for water: “Clean drinking water for every Canadian, no matter where they live.” More specifically, it proposes to: Make available $400 million over three years through the [...]

Statistics Canada Reports on Canada's Renewable Freshwater and Water Use

Posted on March 21, 2017
A new study from the Canada's national statistics agency shows that Canada is blessed with a wealth of water resources and that Canadians are doing more to conserve freshwater. The report released today offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the depth of renewable freshwater resources for each of Canada's 25 drainage regions, as well as the latest summary of industrial and household use. Water availability in Canada Statistics Canada reported, "Canada's average annual water yield—an estimate of the country's supply of renewable freshwater—is so large that there is enough water to approximate a one-minute [...]
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