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U.S. Exchange Program to Study the Blue Economy

Posted on August 11, 2017
Canadian experts in environmental policy and conservation will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from August 14 to 23 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the oceans and their economic viability. The participants will explore the challenge of sustainably growing the “blue economy.” They will engage with American experts and innovators in the field. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Participants will explore the role of government and non-governmental organizations in water conservation and management, and will [...]

New Head Research Scientist for IISD ELA

Posted on August 8, 2017
The International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) has announced its new Head Research Scientist, Vince Palace. Palace is an aquatic toxicologist with 25 years of experience in determining exposure, evaluating potential impacts and developing mitigation strategies related to chemical and non-chemical aquatic stressors. Working with industry, government and community stakeholders, he has led projects on the impacts of agriculture, hydroelectric power, the oil and gas industry, and mining on aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, Palace has extensive project experience with multi-level examinations [...]

Students on Ice Arctic Education Program Launches

Posted on August 8, 2017
The 2017 expedition of the Students on Ice program launched today at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The 15-day Arctic expedition will take over 100 youth from around the world to Resolute Bay to board a specially designed ice-class expedition vessel that will then travel to Beechey Island and Prince Leopold Island, Nunavut, Devon Island, Bylot Island, Pond Inlet, Sirmilik National Park, Baffin Island, and then Greenland. The expedition is designed to educate the next generation of leaders about how climate change is impacting Canada's north—and the relationships between the people, wildlife, marine ecosystems, and the [...]

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Opens Request For Proposals

Posted on August 8, 2017
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) announced the opening of its annual request for proposals for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The grants program supports SFI's work to promote sustainable forest management through partnerships with conservation groups that are contributing to the understanding of critical links between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests. Among the kinds of Among the kinds of projects the grant supports are those that identify ways in which forestry practices can support the protection of water resources. Kathy Abusow, president and CEO [...]

Clearford Water Systems Shows Market Growth in UV Treatment

Posted on August 1, 2017
Ottawa-based Clearford Water Systems Inc. has released unaudited consolidated financial statements, which shows revenue slightly below $1 million for the last quarter, while the UV Pure segmented sales have shown market growth. Revenue for the second quarter 2017 was $972,731 compared with $1,041,011 for the prior year's quarter. Operating loss before net financing costs were $520,580 for the quarter compared with $816,879 for the prior year's quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2017 revenue was $1,809,499 compared with $1,961,790 in the prior year and our operating loss was $1,162,682 compared to $1,756,910 in the prior year. UV [...]

Glen Murray, the New Executive Director of the Pembina Institute

Posted on July 31, 2017
Following a flurry of announcements regarding former Environment Minister, Glen Murray's resignation and Premier Wynne's subsequent cabinet shuffle, the Pembina Institute announced today that Murray will take the helm as executive director of the Pembina Institute. Chris Ballard was named the new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change this morning and Peter Milczyn was promoted to Cabinet as Minister of Housing. David Runnalls, president of the Pembina Institute said, “Glen is a renowned thought leader on social and environmental issues, with an impressive track record of policy leadership throughout his tenure in elected [...]

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Named Ontario Trail of Distinction

Posted on July 31, 2017
Waterfront Regeneration Trust is honoured to announce that the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail has been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) as offering the very best that Ontario trails have to offer. Designated one of the five ‘Trails of Distinction” in the inaugural program, the Trail protects, connects, and celebrates the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes, serves as a catalyst for the regeneration of Lake Ontario, and is a much-loved and well-used fitness, recreation and tourism attraction. Other trails to receive this honour include the Greenbelt Route, the Trans Canada Trail [...]

Green Roof Industry Shows Double-Digit Growth in 2016

Posted on July 28, 2017
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)has reported that the industry grew by double-digits in 2016 according to its 2016 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey released today. For the first time, GRHC Corporate Members reported that Toronto, Ont. had the most square footage of green roofing installed in 2016, with Chicago, Washington D.C., and Seattle following. "It's no small feat that Toronto has been recognized as the leading city for green roof installation in North America," said Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto. "Our Green Roof Bylaw, in effect since 2010, has resulted in a new roof-scape for Toronto, cooling [...]

DFO Seeks Comments on Fisheries Act

Posted on July 26, 2017
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the launch of the second phase of Let's Talk Fish Habitat, an online public consultation to seek Canadians' views on recent changes to the Fisheries Act. In the first phase of this consultation, DFO received recommendations regarding lost protections to the Act and also shared on which modern approaches should be taken to better protect fish and fish habitat. DFO is now seeking views on potential program and policy changes for a revised Fisheries Act, and feedback on how to best proceed in order to achieve some of the goals identified [...]

Feds Invest $26M in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Posted on July 24, 2017
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $25.7 million in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, which is part of the $70.5-million funding allocated for freshwater protection in Budget 2017. This program is part of broader efforts by this Government to advance work on freshwater management in Canada. Minister McKenna said is a press released, "Canada believes that sustained action on Lake Winnipeg restoration is key to the future health of citizens and economic prosperity in this region. Working alongside provincial and Canadian partners, the Government [...]
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