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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 [...]

GENIVAR Acquires Dakins

Posted on July 27, 2011
Montreal consulting firm GENIVAR Inc. has acquired Ontario-based Dakins Engineering Group Ltd., an instrumentation control and automation systems consulting engineering firm specialized in water and wastewater management. The acquisition adds 15 people to GENIVAR's workforce. Founded in 2001, Dakins is a systems integrator of control equipment and instrumentation to the water and wastewater industry. The company also offers complete automation and integration services using both new and existing SCADA systems. "Looking to our long-term goal, expertise within the Dakins group will allow us to better service the municipal infrastructure [...]

Long-Awaited AANDC Study Results Raise Concerns

Posted on July 21, 2011
Last week, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) released the long-awaited results of its National Assessment of Water and Wastewater Systems in First Nation Communities study. “This report shows that more needs to be done, especially in areas like capacity and monitoring," said Minister John Duncan in a release. Work is underway to address 15 water systems this year, stated the same release, and the government plans to invest in an additional 57 water systems by 2015-2016.More details on the planned response here. Is it enough? The Liberal Party of Canada says no. Earlier this week, Liberal Critic [...]

Dubé Wins Canadian Geographic Award

Posted on June 21, 2011
Dr. Monique Dubé has won Canadian Geographic‘s 2011 Environmental Scientist of the Year Award for her contributions to aquatic ecosystem research. Dubé is the Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis, an associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, and the leader of a CWN-funded project that assesses the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems. Dubé’s project assesses the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems. She and her research team are developing a framework to conduct cumulative effects [...]

RBC, Gordon, CWN Launch Blue Economy Initiative

Posted on June 17, 2011
The Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, Canadian Water Network and RBC Blue Water Project announced the Blue Economy Initiative this week, which will provide information to Canadians and key decision-makers about the economic benefits of protecting Canada’s fresh water, and the economic risks of neglecting the health of our watersheds. Its goal is to create an upswell of support for sustainable water management in Canada, addressing questions that so far remain unanswered, such as — What is the value of protecting and restoring aquatic ecosystems? Can we decrease healthcare costs by reducing water pollution? [...]

Mayors Call for New Bi-National Commitment

Posted on June 17, 2011
Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are calling on the American and Canadian federal governments to build on the U.S. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and local investments by making a bi-national sustainable commitment to the region, supported by long-term funding. "Protecting and restoring the world's largest freshwater resource and source of drinking water for 40 million people must be a priority for our two countries," said Mayor Brian McMullan of St. Catharines, Ontario and chair of the Cities Initiative.  "The U.S. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative should serve as a model at the bi-national [...]

Premiers Establish Water Stewardship Council

Posted on June 15, 2011
Yesterday's Canadian Water Summit couldn't have fallen on a better day. The Council of the Federation (COF), comprised of Canada's premiers, concurrently announced that it has established a Water Stewardship Council (WSC). Comprised of one senior government official from each Canadian province and territory, the WSC will provide information and strategic advice to premiers on key trends, issues, and opportunities related to Canada's water resources. "The creation of the Water Stewardship Council is a significant action in advancing water conservation and quality," said Greg Selinger, premier of Manitoba and COF chair. "We [...]

SNC-Lavalin Acquires Aqua Data

Posted on June 3, 2011
Engineering and consulting group SNC-Lavalin has acquired Aqua Data, a company of about 100 employees specializing in the computerized diagnosis and analysis of water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems for municipal, commercial and industrial clients. Formerly a subsidiary of Gaz Métro, Aqua Data has clients in Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes and the United States. Its head office is in Pincourt, Quebec, near Montreal. “Municipalities across North America are concerned about asset management and investing in the renewal of their ageing water infrastructure and Aqua Data has the expertise to help us respond [...]
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