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2013 Blue Water Project Grant Recipients Announced

Posted on June 25, 2013
RBC has announced the recipients of the 2013 Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants, with more than $2.3 million being distributed among communities and organizations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Since the Blue Water Project was established in 2007, RBC has committed more than $38 million in grants to some 650 organizations around the world. This year’s group of grant recipients represent a specific focus on water conservation, quality, and management in urbanized centres. CANADIAN RECIPIENTS: NATIONAL Alliance for Water [...]

Canadian-led Investment Consortium’s Attempts to Purchase Severn Trent Rejected

Posted on June 4, 2013
An offer by a Canadian-led consortium to purchase United Kingdom water and wastewater giant Severn Trent has been rejected for a second time. Led by Borealis Infrastructure, and also including the Kuwait Investment Office and Universities Scheme, the group of investment firms had valued Severn Trent at up to $7.7 billion. The offer was an improvement from the first proposal, but was rejected on the basis that it still did not offer appropriate value for shareholders. A Severn Trent sewage treatment works bridge. Photo: Kevin Skidmore However, the utility recently reported that its debt is growing rapidly, up to £4.3 billion as [...]

Actual Media Team to Lead 2014 Canadian Water Summit

Posted on May 30, 2013
The Canadian Water Summit, Canada’s largest multi-stakeholder water conference, will return to Toronto after two years in Calgary, Alberta. The fifth annual gathering of water professionals, policy makers, and stakeholders will be held at the International Centre on June 18, 2014. The Canadian Water Summit's 2012 advisory committee. Bridging strategy and policy, science and innovation, the Canadian Water Summit has become an important stop on the annual water sector calendar. For its return to Toronto, the team at Water Canada magazine and parent company Actual Media Inc. have been asked to lead the charge in programming and [...]

CaGBC Celebrates 1,000 LEED Certifications

Posted on May 22, 2013
Canada is now home to 1,000 LEED-certified projects contributing to water savings of over 3.3 billion litres--the equivalent of 1,336 Olympic sized swimming pools, says the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The organization announced yesterday that certifications now total 145 Certified, 316 Silver, 447 Gold and 92 Platinum projects across the country in six different ratings systems. The certified buildings range from single family homes to condo and office towers; from schools and arenas to retail outlets and industrial complexes. Canada has the second largest number of certified buildings in the world, after the United States [...]

Canada Assumes Chairmanship of Arctic Council

Posted on May 15, 2013
Ministers from the eight Arctic states and representatives of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples met today in Kiruna, Sweden at the conclusion of Sweden’s two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council, signs the Kiruna declaration. Photo: arctic-council.org At the meeting, the group adopted a joint vision statement for the future of the Arctic and signed a new, legally-binding Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic which will substantially improve procedures for combatting oil spills in the Arctic. A number of important reports [...]

DFO, IISD Sign Agreement on ELA

Posted on May 15, 2013
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed a memorandum of understanding that may see IISD become the Experimental Lakes Area's third-party operator. The agreement is the result of seven months of confidential negotiations with the federal government, but it is not a "finished deal," said Scott Vaughan, who recently stepped into the role of CEO and president for IISD. IISD is a Canadian-based public policy research institute for sustainable development that champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. "The [...]

Bill S-8 to Have Second Reading in House

Posted on May 9, 2013
Bill S-8, the proposed Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, is now in line for its second reading in the House of Commons. The federal government has said it will bring it to a vote. There are currently no legally enforceable standards and protocols governing water quality on First Nation lands. Should this proposed legislation be passed, development of federal regulations will follow. "Improving water quality on reserve is a priority our government shares with First Nations," said Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in a government release. "I hope that all Members of the House will [...]

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 [...]
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