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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 [...]

Roadmap to Innovation and Clean Economy Released

Posted on May 10, 2016
Challenging Canadian governments to go even further to transition to a strong, clean economy, a new report makes recommendations on how this process can be accelerated. The report entitled "New Thinking" was released by Sustainable Prosperity, a national economic think tank that draws on the advice of business leaders and economists to develop policy and market-based solutions in pursuit of a green and competitive economy. The report recommends that Canada implement a national strategy to advance its clean-tech sector through policies, procurement standards, and practices that drive investment, research, and development such as [...]

Minister Sohi Announces Details of Phase 1 Water Infrastructure Spending

Posted on April 29, 2016
In letters addressed to his provincial counterparts, Minister Amarjeet Sohi has provided the details of the government's Phase 1 infrastructure spending, including allocations under the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The letters provided details about the government's plan to accelerate funding for projects that rehabilitate and modernize public infrastructure—including the amounts allocated to each province and territory under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). At a Liberal cabinet retreat in Kananaskis, Alberta, Sohi told reporters, “There is money for design, there is money for planning and there is money [...]

Munk School of Global Affairs' Program on Water Issues Disbanded

Posted on April 25, 2016
The Munk School of Global Affairs' announced this month that the Program on Water Issues (POWI) has come to an end. Since 2001, through POWI, the Munk School has convened experts from across sectors to discuss challenging and often controversial topics including bulk water exports, the impacts of shale gas development on water, water use by the oil sands, and financing groundwater mapping. The dissolution of the program is the result of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation's decision to withdraw its funding. Sherry Campbell, the new president and CEO of the Gordon Foundation said, "15 years and $4 million is a well-supported [...]

Quebec Clean-Tech Company Wins Global Water Award

Posted on April 20, 2016
Quebec-based H2O Innovation Inc. has won the Water Technology Company of the Year award at the 2016 Global Water Awards, which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as part of the Global Water Summit. The Company was nominated among Suez, Danaher, and G.E. Water & Process Technologies. The award was presented to the company for its contribution to the water treatment industry in 2015. During the past year, H2O Innovation has distinguished itself among its competitors with technologies, such as FiberFlex, Clearlogx , SPMC, and Smartrek, aimed at improving water treatment systems and customer experience. "We are extremely [...]

IJC Releases Results of Great Lakes Public Opinions Survey

Posted on April 14, 2016
Eighty-five per cent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important, according to one of the largest surveys ever conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system in both Canada and the United States. The International Joint Commission (IJC) sponsored the survey, which was completed by its Great Lakes Water Quality Board in late 2015 and is summarized in the report released today. “This survey of almost 4,000 basin residents is one of the largest ever conducted, and provides a valuable picture of how the public perceives the Great Lakes, including key environmental issues and threats [...]

Jarislowsky Foundation and Carleton Create $4M Chair in Water and Global Health

Posted on March 31, 2016
Carleton University and the Jarislowsky Foundation have announced a partnership to create a $4-million endowed research chair to address the critical challenges of water and public health. With a $2-million investment from the Foundation, Carleton is establishing the new Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health—an academic position that will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation to communities across Canada and around the globe. “With approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean drinking water—and 2.4 billion lacking access to sanitation—we see a clear and urgent need for innovation [...]

Fifty Organizations Make Recommendations To Strengthen The Fisheries Act

Posted on March 31, 2016
A new report calling on the government to make changes to the Fisheries Act is gaining support among a large number of Canadian scientists, First Nations groups, fisheries and environmental organizations. Over fifty individuals and groups have signed a letter to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo in support of its recommendations to restore lost habitat protections and modernize the 150-year-old legislation. The report is a direct response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mandate letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans tasking the ministry to to do just that. "We receive more signatories every day," said Linda [...]
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