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The Catch-22 with Global Ballast Water Regulations and Trojan Technologies' Efforts to Settle Them

Posted on June 29, 2016
Over 80 per cent of the world's trade is carried by shipping, but with it, comes the risk of invasive species. Trojan Technologies is set to revolutionize the industry, but U.S. regulatory hurdles must be overcome. On a hot and summer evening in 1988, a group of researchers from the University of Windsor boarded a small vessel on Lake St. Clair to do a local survey of freshwater species. Upon inspecting a bucket of rocks from the bottom, a young graduate student discovered an unknown species that would soon become so prolific throughout the Great Lakes that it would threaten water quality and health of Great [...]

Water's Next Award Winners Announced

Posted on June 27, 2016
It was a dazzling celebration of water leadership and innovation. On June 23, Water Canada celebrated it 2016 Water’s Next winners and nominees at a gala awards ceremony in Toronto.  The Water’s Next Award program is the only national awards program to honour leadership across the entire water sector—including public servants, non-governmental groups, researchers, municipalities, and technology providers. Since 2010, Water Canada has hosted the awards to help strengthen and celebrate the thriving national community by showcasing Canada’s water leaders, champions, and innovators. With 45 submissions and nine award categories [...]

Ralph Pentland's Response to the Waukesha Decision

Posted on June 22, 2016
Ralph Pentland is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water, president of Ralbet Enterprises Inc. and a leading Canadian water policy expert who authored the IJC’s Report on the progress the Great Lakes states and provinces have made over the last 10 years in defending the lakes from diversions, bulk exports and large-scale withdrawals. Pentland comments on the Great Lakes governors' approval of Waukesha's request to divert water from Lake Michigan. I co-chaired two major International Joint Commission References on Great Lakes diversions and consumptive uses. The first in the 1980s led to the Great Lakes Charter. The second [...]

Enormous Sinkhole Takes Over Ottawa’s Rideau Street

Posted on June 10, 2016
At around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, on the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex drive, a massive sinkhole opened up, causing a gas leak and collapsing the street, forcing evacuation of the neighboring businesses. Mayor Jim Watson told CBC that the repairs to the giant sinkhole are expected to take at least a week, and determining the cause may take even longer. The mayor also said it may take "a couple of months" before the cause of the collapse is known. The cave-in spread from one side of the street to the next, leaving the city in a state of chaos. Officials say the cause of the sinkhole is still unclear but the hole was formed [...]

All-Female Sailing Crews From Canada and the U.S. Shed Light on Microplastics

Posted on June 7, 2016
A team of all-female sailing crews from Canada and the United States are planning a simultaneous expedition on all five of the Great Lakes, plus Lake St Clair and the St Lawrence River on August 20, 2016 to shed new light on the link between human health and plastic in the world's waterways. The crews will be made up of women from a range of backgrounds including exploration, sport, science, technology, enterprise and the arts. "We call it 'STEAM'," said Jennifer Pate, co-founder of the Great Lakes eXXpedition. The crews will include scientists and citizen scientists who will be conducting sampling for [...]

Canada and the U.S. Identified Eight Chemicals of Mutual Concern for the Great Lakes

Posted on May 31, 2016
The governments of Canada and the United States today announced that they  have identified eight substances as chemicals of mutual concern under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These chemicals are potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Once a chemical of mutual concern has been identified, the two countries commit to developing collaborative strategies to address it. These strategies may include research, monitoring, surveillance, and/or pollution prevention or control measures. Both countries also commit to reporting every three years on its status. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment [...]

RBC Water Attitudes Study Reveals Information About Canadian Views On Water Infrastructure

Posted on May 25, 2016
RBC has released its 9th annual Water Attitudes Study, conducted by GlobeScan this spring, providing important information on the perspectives of Canadians pertaining to drinking water, wastewater, the value of water, and water infrastructure. Since 2008, the Water Attitudes Study has provided the only comprehensive, national study of the motivations, beliefs, and (in some cases) the ignorance of Canadians regarding water resources and management in Canada. New questions for 2016 revealed perspectives on water infrastructure. When asked,"Which one, if any, of the following infrastructure areas should be the highest priority for [...]

2016 Water's Next Finalists Announced

Posted on May 24, 2016
Water Canada magazine has announced the finalists of the 2016 Water’s Next Awards. The Water’s Next Awards program honours the achievements and ideas of individuals and companies that have been successful in their efforts to improve water in Canada. The 2016 awards program accepted nominations in nine categories and identified finalists in eight. This was really awesome news to receive!" said Raegan Davidson, regional manager of Ontario & Eastern Canada for Imbrium Systems, a green-technologies company  specializing in the design and development of stormwater treatment products and finalist in the Technology - Stormwater [...]

Academic Group and Royal Society of Canada Released Statement Opposing Site C Dam

Posted on May 24, 2016
More than 250 prominent university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern regarding Site C, a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. A letter supporting the concerns raised by this group has been issued by the President of the Royal Society of Canada. "Based on evidence raised across our many disciplines, we have concluded that there were significant gaps and inadequacies in the regulatory review and environmental assessment process for the Site C Project," reads the statement of concern [...]

Waukesha Diversion Moves a Step Closer to Approval

Posted on May 20, 2016
On Wednesday, nine of 10 delegates who represent the states and Canadian provinces of the Great Lakes basin voted yes to allow the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. The only holdout was the representative from Minnesota who stated that she was not prepared to make a decision based on the regional body's findings. The regional body that reviewed the request and provided recommendations stated that the request complies with the regional agreement in place. It recommended, however, that Waukesha scale back its allowable daily limit from 10.1 million gallons (38,233 cubic metres) to 8.2 million gallons (31,040 [...]
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