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Atlantic Mayors Discuss Upcoming Wastewater System Upgrades

Posted on April 30, 2013
The mayors of municipalities across Atlantic Canada met in Halifax last week to discuss, among other things, funding for wastewater projects. With government imposed deadlines for municipalities to meet wastewater regulations looming, infrastructure spending took centre stage. The mayors are pushing for a more vocal role in discussions with Ottawa and the provinces concerning funding. Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French. Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French summed up the looming challenge that faces many east coast municipalities. “Cities and communities across Atlantic Canada face looming costs to comply with federal [...]

Ostara Receives $13M in Financing

Posted on April 25, 2013
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., a Vancouver-based clean water company, has been awarded $13 million in financing, according to a company press release. The company, which recovers phosphorous and nitrogen from wastewater streams for transformation into fertilizer, received the financing from a group of investors led by Wheatsheaf Investments. “Essential to our mandate is to seek out and enable innovative technologies that meet the demands for resource efficiency,” said Wheatsheaf’s CEO Graham Ramsbottom. “Ostara embodies this spirit in actual practice." Wheatsheaf prefers to invest in companies that contribute [...]

Alberta and Canada Launch Online Portal to Monitor Oil Sands

Posted on April 25, 2013
In February 2012, the federal government and provincial government of Alberta announced the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring, a collaborative effort to study and assess the environmental impacts of the Alberta oil sands over an extended period of time. This week, they launched an online data portal providing free access to all collected information. The portal is part of an effort to provide a greater level of transparency by all levels of government in relation to the oil sands’ affects on water, air, land, and biodiversity in implicated regions. The portal was launched with a summary of the latest [...]

Ontario Supporting the Experimental Lakes Area

Posted on April 24, 2013
Ontario is working collaboratively with the federal government, the Government of Manitoba and other partners to keep the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) operational in 2013 and ensure sustained longer-term operations. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Ontario will provide operating support and work toward an agreement with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and other partners so that the important science conducted in the ELA can continue. "We have had many conversations with members of the public and our scientific and academic communities who want to see the Experimental Lakes Area stay open. Investing [...]

Unhappiness Over Great Lakes Action Plans

Posted on April 22, 2013
Restore Our Water International (ROWI) and Sierra Club Canada have released criticism of the International Joint Commission (IJC) Draft Great Lakes Regional Adaptive Management Plan for solving the low water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron. The plan calls for improvements in monitoring the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes, and further management of water levels and flows throughout the system. But ROWI and the Sierra Club insist that the plan offers no “distinct actions to remedy persistent low water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron, including Georgian Bay.” Mary Muter, chair of the Great Lakes Section of Sierra [...]

Students Rewarded in 2013 Evolve Sustainable Design Competition

Posted on April 19, 2013
Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian architecture firm B+H have announced the winners of their 2013 Evolve Sustainable Design Competition. The competition, for architecture and engineering students working together in interdisciplinary teams, challenges competitors to design net-zero energy and water use bank branches. The aim was to introduce “extreme energy efficiency” to bank branch design, including renewable power and minimal branch water use. The projects were completed during the 2012-2013 academic year. Evolve winning design by University of Waterloo students Renee Hum-Hsiao, Elaina Poleto, Keegan Steeper, Joanne Yau, and [...]

Canadian Company Acquires Stake in Thames Water

Posted on April 19, 2013
Toronto-based Aquila Infrastructure Management is at the head of a consortium that has purchased a minority stake in Thames Water, the United Kingdom’s largest water and sewerage company. Thames Water currently serves approximately 14 million customers in and around the London area, which amounts to nearly a third of England and Wales’ combined populations. Thames Water's headquarters. Credit: Jim Linwood The consortium includes, in addition to Aquila’s own Infrastructure Coalition fund, the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA-CREF), New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation, and Teachers’ [...]

New Call for Proposals for P3 Canada Fund

Posted on April 17, 2013
PPP Canada announced the Round Five call for proposals on April 15. In a press release, John McBride, CEO, described how P3 Canada hopes to help provinces, territories, and municipalities Canada-wide address their infrastructure needs. “Last year,” he said, “we were very encouraged by the quality and viability of the applications we received. Under Round Five, we will continue to look for applications that deliver optimal value for money by demonstrating substantial involvement by the private sector throughout the project's life cycle.” John McBride. Public-private partnerships have become important funding methods for [...]

OCWA and Clean Water Foundation Launch Pharmaceuticals Campaign

Posted on April 14, 2013
The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and the Clean Water Foundation launched the A Prescription for Clean Water campaign on April 12 during the Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. The project aims to encourage Ontarians to return their unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals to local pharmacies rather than engaging in dangerous disposal methods. Because a large portion of the population is unaware of proper procedure for disposing of prescription medication, drugs will often get flushed down toilets or thrown out with everyday trash. This often leads to the pharmaceuticals ending up in the local environment. “We’ve [...]

Taps Don’t Create Clean Water?

Posted on April 1, 2013
Freshwater is a resource that Canadians value. According to the 2013 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, in fact, 47 per cent of Canadians believe that fresh water is Canada’s most important resource. But do Canadians see the connection between the water we prize in nature and the water we use in our homes? During a webinar conducted to present the survey’s findings, Bob Sandford, the Canmore, Alberta-based water expert, said that Canadians don’t have a clear sense of the fact that the water in nature is the same water that runs from our taps, and not having this sense is like thinking that the taps themselves create drinking water [...]
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