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Federation of Canadian Municipalities Makes Recommendations For the 2016 Federal Budget

Posted on February 19, 2016
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released its 2016 Federal Budget submission this week, proposing solutions and a strong partnership with the federal government to solve national challenges. The budget submission lays out a plan for investments in public transit, affordable housing, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The submission highlights the importance of prioritizing upgrades to local wastewater treatment facilities deemed high risk and requiring action by 2020 under new federal regulations, and expanding upon the Green Infrastructure Fund. "Budget 2016 is a potential turning point, when we shift [...]

Water Well Represented in Government of Canada's Canada Research Chairs

Posted on February 9, 2016
On February 9th, the Government of Canada announced 305 newly appointed and renewed Canada Research Chairs from a range of fields and disciplines, including water research. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the announcement while visiting The University of British Columbia. “I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to the latest new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The Government of Canada is proud to support these elite researchers who improve our depth of knowledge, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of our highly skilled workforce,” said Duncan. New [...]

2015 LEED Numbers Show Steady Growth in Green Building

Posted on February 8, 2016
Across Canada, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system is becoming the most widely accepted standard for high efficiency and environmentally responsible design. In 2015, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a steady increase in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, a result of green building’s growing impact as one of the most effective solutions to climate change. A total of 527 LEED projects certified between January 1 and December 31, bringing the grand total of certified projects in Canada to 2,576—a total of 34,054,312 million square meters of [...]

Action Canada Makes Recommendations For Groundwater Management

Posted on February 7, 2016
One third of the residents in Ontario, everyone in PEI, and 80 per cent of rural residents in Canada depend on groundwater for their daily personal use, yet very little data is recorded on groundwater supply, or its depletion. In a new report entitled,"Our Groundwater, Our Future – From Data to Innovation," Action Canada makes recommendations for municipal, provincial and territorial, and federal governments to reduce the uncertainty of groundwater supplies and achieve coordinated action in order to sustainably manage the resource. The recommendations target the specific actions necessary to establish a national regulatory framework [...]

FCM Announces 2016 Sustainable Communities Award Recipient for Water

Posted on January 21, 2016
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards, showcasing the very best in local environmental practices, including water management. The awards acknowledge Canada's municipalities as drivers of innovation, delivering local actions that lead to national results. Municipalities were recognized for delivering innovative solutions in the following six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste, and water. This year, award-winning projects include an odour-free facility to turn wastewater into high-quality reclaimed water and class-A [...]

IJC Reports Success in Preserving Great Lakes Water Supply

Posted on January 20, 2016
The International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report this week summarizing the progress made to fulfill the recommendations of a 2000 commissions study on the protection of the waters of the Great Lakes from potentially harmful consumptive uses and diversions. The report found that federal, state and provincial governments in the Great Lakes Basin are making enormous strides towards protecting the Great Lakes from water diversions and managing consumptive uses, and that policy gaps identified by in 2000 have been largely filled. The new report noted that ongoing management and additional scientific advances will be required [...]

Prime Minister Trudeau Announced $12 Million for Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Posted on January 14, 2016
A hundred or so excited students screamed as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau entered the room of the Science Teaching Complex at the University of Waterloo to deliver a funding announcement of $12 million towards the Southern Ontario Water Consortium. "By investing in groups like the Southern Ontario Water Consortium we're investing in our economy, we're investing in our environment, we've investing in our communities but above all, we're investing in our future," Trudeau said. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) connects companies with academic, government, and non-government partners and facilities to help them develop [...]

Governor General Honours Water Leaders Through Appointments to The Order of Canada

Posted on January 6, 2016
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 69 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include three Canadians who have contributed greatly to promoting water sustainability in Canada and abroad. Wade Davis, C.M. from Bowen Island, British Columbia, was awarded for his efforts to promote conservation and for his work as a writer and scholar. Davis, best known for his work among indigenous societies worldwide, has served as National Geographic Society’s Explorer-in-Residence since 1999. He is the author of several best-selling books, and has published widely on [...]

U.S. Bans Microbeads, Canada Could Follow

Posted on January 6, 2016
The U.S. has joined the battle against polyethylene microbeads by banning the use of the tiny plastic pellets commonly used as exfoliants in cosmetic care products. President Barack Obama signed a bill December 28, 2015 prohibiting companies from manufacturing or using microbeads (tiny pieces of polymers between 0.1 micrometres and 5 mm) in common personal care products like soap, face wash, and toothpaste. Many politicians, researchers, and environmental groups in Canada and the U.S. oppose the use of microbeads because of the potential damage they serve to marine environments once they flow down the drain and into waterways. The [...]

World Council on City Data and Hatch Partner on Global Cities Benchmarking Project

Posted on December 10, 2015
The World Council on City Data and Hatch, a Canadian-based global engineering firm, announced a strategic partnership this week to develop a data portal to operationalize the ISO 37120 across cities globally through a set of indicators for city services and quality of life. The benchmarking exercise in one way that cities around the world can track and compare their progress in meeting social, environmental, and economic goals using standardized measurements of things such as population density, unemployment, energy use, as well as a set of indicators related to water and wastewater. Hatch and the WCCD will jointly promote the [...]
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