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Eau Canada: Celebrating 150 years of River Heritage

Posted on September 30, 2016
The St. John River Society led the effort to have the Saint John River in New Brunswick designated as Canada’s 38th Heritage River in 2013, and is now bringing together river managers of the Heritage River System with Heritage Canada and Parks Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, to support activities and events along each watercourse. [...]

Canadian Water Quality Ass. Comments on Bennett's First Nations Promises

Posted on September 15, 2016
In response to Minister Carolyn Bennett's public statement to affirm that, "Access to clean and safe drinking water is a right for all Canadians," the Canadian Water Quality Association has called on the government to consider policy form. Kevin Wong, the executive director of the Canadian Water Quality Association (CQWA) is calling for collaboration from all sectors of the water industry to reform policy options and approaches for our First Nations communities when it comes to the delivery and the safeguarding of clean and potable drinking water. “In the last decade, the industry has lobbied for changes in the plumbing code [...]

INAC Reaffirms Federal Commitment to End First Nations' Boil Water Advisories in Five Years

Posted on September 15, 2016
Minister Carolyn Bennett of Indigenous and Northern Affairs issued a statement this week reaffirming her ministry's commitment to end boil water advisories on reserves in five years. The statement said, "Severe underfunding over the past decades has created this unacceptable situation. Our government acknowledges that money alone will not solve these issues. We will never be able to truly renew the nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations until every family in every First Nation community in Canada is able to turn on their tap and drink the water." Bennet issued the statement to assure Canadians that the federal government [...]

Professor John Pomeroy Describes Canada's New $78 Million Research Program

Posted on September 8, 2016
This week, the Government of Canada unveiled plans for a new $77.8 million research program, led by the University of Saskatchewan with more than 380 Canadian university researchers involved, called the Global Water Futures Programme. Professor John Pomeroy, the associate director of the Global Water Futures Programme explains the vision of the new research network and why it's needed. "Global Water Futures (GWF) is a newly announced $143 million research program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, several universities and industry. GWF’s overarching goal is to deliver risk management solutions—-informed by [...]

Extreme Weather Identified as a Key Risk in the Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture

Posted on September 7, 2016
The federal, provincial and territorial governments have developed a resource, the Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture, to improve Canada’s ability to address risks and emergencies, from prevention to recovery, and to strengthen the resilience, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector. Within that Framework, a risk analysis was conducted, identifying four key areas that were considered likely to result in significant emergencies, due to a high probability of occurrence and potentially high impacts on the agriculture sector. Of those, "meteorological events and extreme weather (extreme heat, cold [...]

Water and Wastewater Scholar Elected as a Fellow by the Royal Society of Canada

Posted on September 7, 2016
The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 89 new Fellows, including one with a focus on water resources management and public policy. The newly elected Fellows have diverse backgrounds and disciplines. They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Jamie Benidickson, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa Jamie Benidickson was awarded for his contributions in environmental law, legal history and public policy. He is widely regarded for his detailed analyses of natural resource management and interdisciplinary work on the legal framework for water and [...]

H2O Innovation Reveals New Open-Source Wastewater Membrane Technology

Posted on September 1, 2016
Quebec-based H2O Innovation has announced the release of the new a new  membrane bioreactor technology for advanced wastewater treatment applications. The new technology provides greater flexibility within membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems allowing owners and engineers to choose between multiple membrane products for the same system at build time or in the future. It is the first membrane bioreactor (MBR) with an open-source wastewater design that can operate MBR modules from different suppliers. As system owners have the option to switch from one membrane to another without having to redesign the treatment plant, there is [...]

AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls For Immediate Investment in Safe Water Systems

Posted on August 31, 2016
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today said that a detailed investigative report by the Globe & Mail outlining the troubling state of fresh water systems in First Nations communities across Canada points to the urgent need for all levels of government to take immediate action to dramatically improve First Nations access to clean drinking water.  “It is completely unacceptable that there are more than 100 First Nations communities in this country that do not have access to safe drinking water,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “The last federal budget committed a welcome $1.8 billion in [...]

Canadian Researchers Responds to Biosolids Hysteria

Posted on August 12, 2016
Below is a statement issued by four Canadian professors and water experts in response to a letter to the Hamilton Spectator regarding "the danger of biosolids". The response comes from Drs. Paul Sibley from the University of Guelph, Linda McCarthy from Ryerson University, Chris Metcalfe from Trent University, Jorge Loyo from Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. In today's society, readers of newspapers should expect rational and balanced perspectives on complex environmental issues that confront Canadians. It was with considerable dismay, therefore, that we read the recent article entitled, "Scientist's Open Letter on the Dangers [...]

Feds Invest $1.7 Million in Freshwater Research at the Experimental Lakes Area

Posted on August 10, 2016
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, MP Bob Nault of Kenora, and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc announced this week that DFO will invest $1.7 million over the next two years to support the operations at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA). This commitment is part of the federal government's $197.1 million investment in ocean and freshwater sciences, as announced in May in Budget 2016. It builds on the provinces’ support to ensure the continuation of the facility’s almost 50 years of ongoing research on how contaminants, climate change and other factors are affecting our freshwater [...]

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