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WWF-Canada Tells Canada to Regulate Arctic Wastewater

Posted on December 12, 2016
WWF-Canada has released a statement urging Transport Canada, which is currently revising safety and pollution regulations, to officially adopt the same or stronger levels of regulations on grey water discharged in waters north of 60 degrees latitude as apply south of 60. The release stated that, although untreated grey water has similar pollution impacts as sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not expected to adhere to any specific regulations for dumping this harmful waste and that Transport Canada rules are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel. Transport Canada does have extensive regulations [...]

U of T Project will Study Microbes in Mining Wastewater

Posted on December 9, 2016
The University of Toronto has reported on one of their research projects that examines the genome of microbes living in the wastewater generated by mining operations. Led by the engineering department’s Professor Lesley Warren, Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chiar in Mineral Engineering, the project has received $3.7 million in funding, in part, from Genome Canada and its Large Scale Applied Research Projects (LSARP). “These wastewaters contain a variety of sulphur compounds that certain bacteria can use for energy,” said Warren in an article posted on the university’s website. “Their ability to do so evolved billions of years [...]

Canadian Arctic Scientist Awarded Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Posted on December 7, 2016
Canadian Arctic scientist, Dr. John England, joins prestigious ranks, today accepting the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. England is a well-known advocate for the importance of northern science and value of the Canadian Arctic landscape. His work has captured 18,000 years of glacial and sea level history extending to the modern day. Dr. England was presented with the $50,000 Prize today at ArcticNet's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, the largest annual gathering of Arctic researchers in Canada, held this year in Winnipeg.  In addition to the $50,000 Prize, this year The W. Garfield Weston Foundation [...]

Study Identifies Weaknesses in Canada's Cleantech Financing Chain

Posted on December 6, 2016
A new study released today by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Cycle Capital Management, in collaboration with Écotech Québec, sheds light on some of the struggles encountered by Canada's cleantech sector. The study entitled, Forging a Cleaner and More Innovative Economy in Canada, examines the current challenges of the financing chain to foster innovation in Canada’s cleantech sector. The report focuses on the key segments of the financing chain for innovative cleantech companies: deal flow generation initiated by patenting for commercialization purposes; seed and early stage financing and scale up financing [...]

Awards Celebrate the Best in Brownfield Redevelopment

Posted on December 2, 2016
The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced this week at a gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada. “There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “There is a strong connection to the brownfield awards.” The [...]

Four Water Leaders Among Canada's Most Powerful Women

Posted on November 28, 2016
The Women's Executive Network (WXN) awarded four women known for their contributions to water solutions through its 2016 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women. Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's leading female executives who have raised their voices, overturned obstacles, empowered the voiceless, and paved a path for the next generation. The 2016 winners included: Dr. Erin Kelly, assistant deputy minister, corporate & strategic planning, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories  Dr. Erin Kelly has worked as an educator [...]

Canadian Brownfield Builders and Innovators Celebrated at Event

Posted on November 28, 2016
The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. will celebrate the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards at a gala event held at the Delta Hotel in Toronto this week. The 2016 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing recognition of the builders, innovators, and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites across Canada the country. Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of these professionals to turn around sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects [...]

Cost Control and Financial Awareness in the Operation of P3s

Posted on November 28, 2016
A new white paper published by Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) and Service Works Group argues that a strong and enduring contractual relationship can help address the operational management challenges o public-private partnerships (P3s). The paper was written in consultation with Dr. Mark Hellowell of the University of Edinburgh and drew on experiences from the most developed PPP markets, such as those of Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The paper reviews the key challenges presented by the operational phase of PPP contracts and examines good ideas for addressing them, focusing on the aspects most [...]

GOC Takes Action to Address the Release of Triclosan in Canada's Waters

Posted on November 25, 2016
The Government of Canada is taking action to address the release of triclosan into Canadian waters. The chemical, commonly found in some toothpaste, body washes, soap and clothing, has been shown that exhibit a potential for endocrine disruption. Roughly 1,600 products containing triclosan are sold in Canada, with another 130 personal care products containing the antibacterial chemical regulated as drug products. The main exposure of concern for triclosan is in aquatic ecosystems. Measured concentrations of triclosan in surface water are available for numerous water bodies in both densely and lightly populated areas of Canada from [...]

Computer Model Makes Great Lakes Climate 3-D

Posted on November 22, 2016
A computer model developed by researchers in the U.S. allows scientists to better capture the physical characteristics of the Great Lakes by fully resolving the hydrodynamic and climactic properties of the lakes. The model is innovative in that it moves beyond conventional 1-D lake models used to represent two-way interactions in regional climate. For the study, Dr. Pengfei Xue, assistant professor, Great Lakes Research Centre and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological Univserity, et al., developed a two-way coupled 3-D climate-lake-ice-modeling system (TC-3D-GLARM). In order to properly run the [...]
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