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Prov. & Fed. Governments Convene Infrastructure Consultation

Posted on September 22, 2017
On September 21st, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, convened the second federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Minister Sohi and Minister Bob Chiarelli, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure, co-hosted the meeting. “The first phase of the Investing in Canada plan is already at work in our communities supporting vital repairs to our aging pipes and roads, helping communities improve social housing, and allowing transit organizations to replace or repair their fleet,” said Sohi. “We have been collaborating with provinces, territories, municipalities [...]

Saskatchewan Hydrologist to Advise on U.S. Water Future

Posted on September 21, 2017
University of Saskatchewan hydrologist, Howard Wheater has been appointed to a panel of leading water science experts charged with identifying America’s highest-priority water science and resource challenges over the next 25 years. The group will make recommendations on the strategic water science and research opportunities to address those challenges in 2018. “The loss of life and $180-billion damage from Hurricane Harvey is a wake-up call to the U.S. for the need to better manage water-related threats, including risks from climate change, and the hurricane’s effect on rising gas prices in Canada shows the far-reaching impacts [...]

Study Details Phosphorus Recycling Between Lake Mud and Water

Posted on September 19, 2017
In a new study, Internal phosphorus loading in Canadian fresh waters: a critical review and data analysis, scientists investigated a significant, but poorly understood, process in Canada’s aquatic ecosystems: the recycling of phosphorus between mud at the bottom of lakes and the overlying water. The process can contribute to the formation of the harmful algal blooms that plague many lakes. Across the country, increasingly large sums of money are invested every year into the management of nutrient pollution, but in some lakes, legacy effects from nutrients deposited years ago can linger and delay recovery. “Our main goal was [...]

Laurier Opening New Research Office in Yellowknife

Posted on September 18, 2017
Wilfrid Laurier University is opening a research office in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), which will allow it to further develop its national and international leadership in cold regions research. The office, which is located in the W.H. Bromley Building in downtown Yellowknife, is home to year-round staff, primarily research associates and postdoctoral fellows. It also provides a workspace to visiting faculty, students and staff. It is a base for Laurier's research activities in the North and for liaising with partners, including various levels of government and Indigenous communities. “Laurier has a longstanding [...]

Watershed Planning & Data Management Tool Goes to Market

Posted on September 14, 2017
Last week, Greenland International Consulting Ltd. completed the next iteration of the Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System (THREATS), a data management tool for watershed planning. The development of the company’s internet-based open data and open source GIS platform began less than year ago. Inspired by research funded by the Canadian Water Network and prototype development led by Dr. Monique Dubé, Greenland Consulting secured source code rights and began further developing the platform. The company has thanked the Government of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program [...]

CCA Launches New Project on Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) announced today that it has been asked by the Minister of Science, on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, with support from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to examine the current state of knowledge on the socio-economic impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on Canadians and the Canadian health care system. The CCA stated that AMR is a rising global health threat. Patients who are affected by drug-resistant pathogens are at risk of increased infections, longer hospitals stays, and even death. Even common infections are becoming [...]

ScaleUP Ventures closes $100 Million Venture Fund

Posted on September 13, 2017
ScaleUP Ventures Inc. has announced the third and final close of its first fund, over-achieving on the original target of $50 million, bringing the fund's total capital commitment to over $100 million. The final closing brings fresh capital out of B.C., including funds from the Province of British Columbia (via the BC Tech Fund, managed by Kensington Capital Partners) and several west coast LPs. ScaleUP has also opened a Vancouver office. "We are excited about the opportunities presented by the ScaleUP fund, with its unique investor base and strong entrepreneurial team," said Gerri Sinclair, managing director of Kensington Capital [...]

Canadian Water Treatment Market Worth $2.51 Billion

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) conducted a survey of its membership to better understand the breadth and scope of professionals working in fields related to the provision of treated water. Based on revenues reported in the survey, CWQA estimates its members alone represent $561 million of a nearly $2.51 billion Canada-wide market. While the bulk of businesses fall under $250 thousand in annual revenues (generally qualified as dealers or retailers), the report also showed that many have revenues in millions and tens of millions as well. The highest amount reported by a single member organization is $100 million. Professionals [...]

Great Waters Challenge 2017 Launches

Posted on September 8, 2017
This week, the Great Waters Challenge re-launched. An online, Canada-wide game engaging youth and schools in water celebrations, the Great Waters Challenge inspires youth to uncover water stories in their community, showcasing how Canada's identity is connected to our great waters. The challenge was developed by Waterlution and is supported by the Government of Canada. Today, Waterlution welcomes its second cohort of eighteen volunteer youth advisors from across Canada to support the challenge. Waterlution is thrilled to harness their individual and collective capacity to be water leaders and stewards of the Canada’s water future. “The [...]

FCM Annual Report Highlights Water & Wastewater Projects

Posted on September 8, 2017
Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released the annual report on its Green Municipal Fund (GMF), which through 2016 and 2017 informed FCM’s work on capacity building in the water and wastewater project space. In a letter addressed to its stakeholders, FCM’s president, Jenny Gerbasi, and member of the GMF council, Ben Hednerson, said “During 2016–2017, GMF invested $74 million in loans and grants for 9 capital projects, and $9 million in grants for 71 plans, studies and pilot projects across the country, with many more municipalities benefitting directly from GMF knowledge services.” According to [...]
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