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CWN Pursues Partnerships

Posted on November 7, 2011
The Canadian Water Network has issued a call for partners from water policy and management organizations that would like to become involved and co-invest in research projects. CWN’s research programs respond to the expressed needs of those tackling real-world water management challenges. We help to develop communities of practice among water managers and policy-makers with a common interest in applying research. Involvement in CWN research projects will provide partners with practical and implementable research that enlightens investment strategies, policy decisions, best practices, procedures, and technology and service development. If [...]

Capstone Acquires Bristol Water

Posted on October 6, 2011
Toronto-based Capstone Infrastructure Corporation has acquired a 70 per cent interest in Bristol Water, a regulated water utility in the United Kingdom, from Suez Environnement through its subsidiary, AGBAR (Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona), for approximately $215 million. "Bristol Water is an established, core infrastructure business with regulated and predictable inflation-linked cash flow and a strong growth profile in a stable OECD country, making it an ideal complement to our existing portfolio," said Michael Bernstein, Capstone’s president and CEO. "This is a platform investment that builds on our international footprint [...]

Vaughan Lauds Feds for Oil Sands Action Plan

Posted on October 4, 2011
For over a decade, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have warned that key environmental information regarding the effects of oil sands projects has been missing, reads the opening letter in the 2011 October Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, tabled this morning in the House of Commons. "Since 1999, both federal departments have warned that insufficient environmental information makes it impossible to understand the combined impact of projects in the lower Athabasca region and the impact on ecosystems that are farther away, including the wider Mackenzie Basin of the Northwest [...]

Water's Next: Deadline Extended!

Posted on October 3, 2011
In order to keep the good news stories flowing (no pun intended), we've extended the deadline for nominations for Water’s Next 2012 to Friday, October 14. Water’s Next is devoted to telling great Canadian water stories. Do you know of a person, project, business, or innovation that’s doing great work for water? Tell us! Your suggestion could be featured in Water’s Next 2012, a publication and website arriving in January 2012. Fill out the simple nomination form at to help share the good news. Feel free to pass along this notice to colleagues, friends, and family who might be interested. Here's a category [...]

SERA Forms Expert Panel

Posted on October 3, 2011
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregate (SERA) has formed its expert technical panel, which represents municipal, industry, community and environmental interests, to produce a voluntary standard that establishes credible, practical, and measurable requirements for socially and environmentally responsible aggregate extraction in Ontario. Technical support for the standards development initiative will be provided by BRE-Global and the Rainforest Alliance, both international leaders in third party environmental certification. Dr. Jacqueline Glass, a leading European expert in responsible sourcing in the construction [...]

RBC Blue Water Project Announces 2011 Leadership Grants

Posted on September 30, 2011
Thirty organizations, delivering projects in five countries, will share more than $4 million for programs that help protect watersheds and improve access to clean drinking water via RBC Blue Water Project's leadership grants. "Since we launched the RBC Blue Water Project in 2007, we have now provided funding to over 450 organizations around the world that care about protecting and preserving water," said Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. "I congratulate this newest group of grant recipients. Their work is critical to the protection of the world's valuable water resources, and we are proud to support them in their [...]

Reminder: Water's Next Nominations Close October 3

Posted on September 19, 2011
  Know a Canadian person, business, project or innovation that deserves national recognition for water excellence? We want to hear about them! Only two weeks remain until nominations for Water's Next 2012 close. Here’s a quick review of the categories, plus links to the respective forms: People Change wouldn’t happen without dedicated, imaginative leaders driven to make a positive difference in the way we perceive and manage water. These individuals are making Canadians sit up and take notice, both at home and abroad. Click here to nominate a water champion. Business Water plays a role in any industry’s [...]

CAPP Establishes New Fracking Principles

Posted on September 9, 2011
In the face of international scrutiny, Canadian natural gas producers have developed new guiding principles for hydraulic fracturing that guide water management and improved water and fluids reporting practices for shale gas development in Canada. The principles were created by members of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and apply to all CAPP natural gas producing members, large and small, operating in the country . "Protecting Canada's water resources is fundamental to our social licence to operate and to grow," said CAPP president Dave Collyer. "Canadians have told us they want more information as to [...]

Kent Announces Last Round for Lake Simcoe

Posted on September 9, 2011
Funds for Lake Simcoe continue to flow. This morning in Barrie, Ontario, Environment Minister Peter Kent announced that the feds will continue its support of the Area of Concern, investing $2.9 million in the seventh and last round of the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund, part of the Action Plan for Clean Water. As part of the investment, the Corporation of the Town of Aurora will receive $650,000 towards creating an innovative engineered wetland to control urban runoff. Located in the Town of Aurora, the engineered wetland facility will treat urban runoff from 58 hectares of intensely developed lands and will reduce an estimated 60 kilograms [...]

Clearford Partners with Engineers India on Wastewater

Posted on August 15, 2011
Ottawa-based Clearford Industries Inc., developer of a wastewater collection system, has partnered with Engineers India Limited (EIL) for the utilization of the Clearford system in India. The parties have entered into a memorandum of intention to jointly pursue projects using Clearford technology. EIL and Clearford have identified an initial five priority projects for potential initial deployment. "Clearford will take a turnkey contract to design the solution and supply specific elements including components of the digestion process, water treatment and methane conversion facilities," said Bruce Linton, CEO of Clearford [...]
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