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FCM Announces Advisors for Municipal Climate Resilience

Posted on June 13, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced today a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts to assist in climate change adaptation. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) regional climate advisors offer a range of services and direct, on-the-ground support tailored specifically to the needs of municipalities locally. “We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen [...]

Survey Suggests Canadian Perception of Water's Importance Conflicted

Posted on June 13, 2017
FluksAqua, a collaborative, online platform for water utility professionals has released the results of a survey on the public perceptions of water across Canada. The survey found that 93.6 per cent of all respondents think that tax dollars should be spent on necessities other than water. Healthcare ranked highest and was followed by Education. In their announcement of the results, FluksAqua stated that “Canadians were surprisingly unconcerned when asked about water and how vital it is to their everyday lives. With the hot summer months just around the corner, the lack of awareness about water and water utilities may come back [...]

Laurier-led Northern Water Futures to Study NWT Sustainability

Posted on June 12, 2017
Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University will be leading a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team studying the sustainability of water in the Northwest Territories through the Northern Water Futures project funded through the Global Water Futures program. “Northwestern Canada is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth,” said Laurier associate professor Jennifer Baltzer, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Forests and Global Change, who is co-leading the project. “Unprecedented changes in snow cover and rates of permafrost thaw are transforming ecosystems and changing the distribution and routing of water [...]

WWF-Canada Freshwater Reports: National Coordination Imperative

Posted on June 12, 2017
Today, WWF-Canada has released the culmination of four years of research, a national assessment of Canada’s freshwater: Watershed Reports. The findings underscore the need for a national framework to manage water quality and freshwater resources. The first-ever nationwide assessment of Canada’s freshwater resources found significant evidence of disruption to watersheds across the country as a result of human activities. WWF-Canada sees its results as laying bare the need for an ongoing, standardized national freshwater monitoring and reporting system in order to make evidence-based decisions about this valuable resource. Saint [...]

Governments Appoint Advisory Panel on Protection of Freshwater

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada have created a National Advisory Panel on Canada’s biodiversity conservation initiative, which will guide the protection of 17 per cent of the country’s land and freshwater. Canada is committed to conserve at least 17 per cent of our country's land and freshwater through a network of parks, protected and conserved areas, and other effective area-based conservation measures by 2020. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks [...]

Vancouver Entrepreneur to Receive Mitacs Award for Slurry Treatment

Posted on June 8, 2017
A Vancouver entrepreneur has commercialized a new approach for treating dairy farm manure and sewage sludge and will be recognized with an award from Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that partners companies, government and academia to promote Canadian research and training. The microwave enhanced advanced oxidation process (MW-AOP) has earned Asha Srinivasan the award and $5,000 from Mitacs, a national, which she will accept today in Toronto. Srinivasan is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and one of four co-founders of Vancouver-based Boost Environmental Systems. The cleantech system [...]

BI Pure Water Receives NRC Grant for Refractory Wastewater

Posted on June 6, 2017
BI Pure Water, Inc. has been approved for a National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) grant to pilot its low-cost remediation solution for refractory organic contaminants. BI Pure Water’s in-house master chemist Ian Wylie has been personally working on the chemical problem for a decade and he believes he’s found a low-cost solution. “There are so many unaddressed industrial chemicals in our environment, I find this a very exciting and promising market,” said Ian Wylie, R&D Project Manager. “This process should be able to treat refractory wastewaters at an operating cost 5-20 [...]

Employees Help Reduce Water Use at Labatt Breweries

Posted on June 5, 2017
On World Environment Day, Labatt Breweries of Canada has recognized their employees for their award-winning environmental efforts, including efforts to reduce water use. Labatt credits its progress on environmental performance to giving employees ownership of putting forth improvement ideas and implementing changes. For three years in a row, the company has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by Canada’s Top 100 for three years running. To date, 55,000 employee ideas have been put forward, with 45,000 ideas implemented since 2001. "Employee ownership is deeply rooted in our 170 years of brewing. The solutions [...]

Feds Announce $75M for Coastal Restoration Fund

Posted on June 1, 2017
In November 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the Oceans Protection Plan, which includes funding for coastal restoration projects. This national strategy aims to create a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. The $1.5 billion strategy is delivering the largest investment ever made to protect Canada's coasts and waterways. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Marc Garneau [...]

Water’s Next Finalists Announced

Posted on June 1, 2017
Water Canada magazine’s Water’s Next Award program is the only national awards program to honour leadership across the entire water sector—including public servants, non-governmental groups, researchers, municipalities, and technology providers. Since 2010, Water Canada has hosted the awards to help strengthen and celebrate the thriving national community by showcasing Canada’s water leaders, champions, and innovators. The 2017 finalists are: People – Business Mohamed Laaroussi, E2Metrix Inc. Cameron Manners, Aquam Patrick Whalen, LuminUltra Technologies People – Academia Dr. Zafar Adeel, Simon Fraser [...]
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