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Giveaway: Reshaping Toronto's Waterfront

Posted on February 14, 2012
In many cities around the world, policymakers, planners, and developers are envisioning the waterfront as a space of promise and a prime location for massive investments. Currently, the waterfront is being marketed as a crucial territorial wedge for economic ascendancy in globally competitive areas. Reshaping Toronto's Waterfront (University of Toronto Press) analyzes how and why problem spaces on the waterfront have become opportunities. Contributors with diverse areas of expertise illuminate processes of development and provide fresh analyses of the intermingling of nature and society as they appear in both physical forms and institutional [...]

Feds and Alberta Release Oil Sands Monitoring Plan

Posted on February 7, 2012
The federal government and Alberta unveiled the long-awaited Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring in Edmonton last Friday. Spurred by University of Alberta researchers Erin Kelly and David Schindler, the governments established an independent review panel in 2010 and in July 2011 revealed the second phase of its resulting plan. The plan, they say, commits to a "scientifically rigorous, comprehensive, integrated, and transparent environmental monitoring program for the region," indicating that it will require sampling more sites for more substances more frequently to determine the long-term cumulative effects [...]

Call for Assessments on Wastewater and Biosolids Research Agenda

Posted on January 24, 2012
The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is asking the researcher and end-user community to review and provide comment on a draft national agenda on wastewater and biosolids research. The national agenda was initiated by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), and prepared by a core group representing Environment Canada, CCME, the Canadian Water Network and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. The core group completed a first draft of the agenda in November 2011. Prior drafts of the Agenda have been reviewed externally and revised into the current version, which is now available for comment. CWN will use [...]

Poll: To Fix or Ignore?

Posted on January 23, 2012
It should be no surprise: with cold snaps come main breaks. These seasonal calamities often begin with small leaks in aging infrastructure that are undetected or ignored by municipalities. Some cities, such as Halifax, carefully monitor leaks and make more informed decisions about fixes. What's your opinion on leaky infrastructure? If you'd like to elaborate, be sure to leave a comment. We'll choose a few to publish in the March/April 2012 issue of Water Canada. [...]

Feds to Invest $78.7M in Monitoring Infrastructure

Posted on January 20, 2012
The Harper Government will invest $78.7 million over the next five years to strengthen weather monitoring infrastructure, Minister of Environment Peter Kent announced today. The infrastructure upgrades will strengthen core weather monitoring networks including the weather radar network. The upgrades will also modernize the monitoring infrastructure and help Environment Canada's weather service keep pace with the rapid evolution of new science and technologies. The areas of weather and climate monitoring infrastructure that will be upgraded include: Canadian Weather Radar Network ($45.2M), Canadian Weather and Climate Observing [...]

Water's Next 2012 Is Here!

Posted on January 9, 2012
Water Canada magazine is pleased to launch its second annual publication dedicated to recognizing Canadian leadership in water. In this year's edition of Water's Next, you’ll read about the people and ideas that are making a difference in Canada’s waterscape and beyond—from Josephine Mandamin’s personal pledge to raise awareness of Great Lakes protection, to iDUS Controls’ second generation of efficient irrigation technology, to Clearpath Robotics’ unmanned monitoring robot, to WEHUB’s online water data dissemination program. Congratulations to the featured nominees for their hard work and commitment to making safe [...]

Prairie Flooding Takes Top Spot on Weather Stories List

Posted on January 2, 2012
Spring flooding in Canada's Prairie region took 2011's top spot in Environment Canada's annual list of top weather stories. Epic melts occurred everywhere, says EC's website, from the Qu’Appelle Valley to eastern Manitoba and from The Pas south to the Canadian-American border—resulting in more acreage under water than ever recorded. Statistically, the flooding on the Assiniboine River in 2011 was estimated to be at levels experienced once in 330 years. On Lake Manitoba, engineers called the flood a one-in-2,000-year event. Governments at all levels spent close to $1 billion on flood fighting and victim compensation. Read more [...]

The Top 100: Water Breakdown

Posted on January 2, 2012
Water and wastewater projects have a decent presence in the 2012 edition of ReNew Canada’s Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects, released this week. Seven projects (down from nine in 2011) accounted for $3.708 billion ($4.378 billion in 2011) of the list. Heavy hitting categories in this year's list include energy, health care, transit, and transportation. The list represents $114 billion of infrastructure work in Canada, increasing by 18 per cent over last year’s total. Some water and wastewater highlights: #37 $769 million Capital Regional District Sewage Treatment Plant Program (#32 in 2011) #52 $600 [...]

Happy Holidays from Water Canada

Posted on December 21, 2011
Despite lacking the snowy sort of precipitation in Toronto, the Water Canada team is eager to take a few days to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, and we extend our best wishes to our readers. We've got some big announcements to make in 2012, including two new columns and the second annual installment of Water's Next. Looking forward to sharing inspiring stories of Canadian water excellence. See you in the New Year! Photo: Pen Waggener [...]

MP Miller Proposes Bulk Water Transfer Law

Posted on December 19, 2011
Last week, Larry Miller, MP for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, introduced Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act. "This enactment would amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act to prohibit the bulk removal of transboundary waters. Some definitions and exceptions that are currently found in regulations would be transferred to the act," he told parliament. The bill would also make a consequential amendment to the International River Improvements Act. This would protect all waters that now are not under provincial regulation. Read the text [...]

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