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FCM: Invest in Water Resource Management for Budget 2017

Posted on January 17, 2017
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released its recommendations for the federal government’s 2017 budget, which includes an emphasis on continued investment in water resource management. In the report titled, “Seizing the Moment” FCM emphasized the importance of the federal government financially supporting municipal level climate action and bolstering the capacity of low-density communities to modernize infrastructure, water and wastewater among them. FCM named clean-water facilities and the clean-up of contaminated sites as areas in need of sustained financial priority. Though, it more urgently pointed [...]

Government of Canada Launches Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science

Posted on January 13, 2017
The Government of Canada understands the role of science in maintaining a thriving, clean economy and in providing the evidence for sound policy decisions. To deliver on this role however, federal programs that support Canada's research efforts must be aligned in such a way as to ensure they are strategic, effective and focused on meeting the needs of scientists first. That is why the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today launched an independent review of federal funding for fundamental science. The review will assess the program machinery that is currently in place to support science and scientists in Canada. The scope [...]

Forestry Co's Partner to Improve Wetland Management

Posted on January 13, 2017
Wetlands and waterfowl in Canada's boreal forest will be the beneficiaries of a new program launched by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and forestry sector leaders. The partnership is a visionary approach to sharing knowledge and resources to advance sustainable forest management and wetland stewardship in the boreal forest, an area that offers one of the greatest conservation opportunities in the world. Under the Forest Management and Wetland Stewardship Initiative, the partners will work collaboratively on priority projects that integrate wetland and waterfowl conservation into ongoing forest management planning and field operations [...]

Feds Announce Limits for Lead in Drinking Water

Posted on January 12, 2017
The Government of Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water has released a report for public consultation on lead in drinking water for the purposes of updating the drinking water guideline. The report has recommended that the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) be changed from 0.01 mg/L of weekly intake, as per the World Health Organization standard, to the MAC of 0.005mg/L. Lowering the MAC is based on findings that suggest the consequences on human health are reductions in IQ are a critical effect of lead in drinking water. Further, the report pointed out that “lead is usually found in drinking [...]

Canadian Co. Makes List of Twelve startups to Advance in Imagine H2O Accelerator Program

Posted on January 11, 2017
Imagine H2O announced its selection of twelve startups to advance to our 8th annual Accelerator Program. Kitchener, Ont-based, EMAGIN was selected from a global competitive field of over 180 companies across 18 countries as one of the top 10 promising data-driven water businesses worldwide to participate in the program. EMAGIN will be present their technology at IH2O's annual Water Gala and WEF Innovation Conference in San Francisco in March 2017. The startups will join the organization's growing portfolio of 70 alumni companies, which represent over $1 in every $10 of early-stage investment in the water sector. The accelerator [...]

Wastewater Treatment Upgrades Results in Fewer Intersex Fish

Posted on January 10, 2017
Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop in fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo. The 10-year study, published in Environmental Science and Technology found that the microorganisms used to remove ammonia in the wastewater treatment process also reduced the levels of endocrine disrupters in the water, which caused the intersex occurrences in fish to dramatically decline. “Having long-term data of the fish population, before [...]

Severe Weather Events Cost Canadians $5 Billion in 2016

Posted on January 9, 2017
From the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in May to the floods that devastated parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland over Thanksgiving weekend, severe weather had a huge impact on Canadians in 2016. According to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ), insured damage for 2016 topped $4.9 billion—smashing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion set in 2013. ​"Severe weather due to climate change is already costing Canadians billions of dollars annually," said Don Forgeron, president and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). "The record damage reported in 2016 is part of an upward trend that shows no [...]

Researchers Suggest Guidelines for Recycled Water

Posted on January 5, 2017
A University of British Columbia research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it. Engineering researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed guidelines for the microbial quality of recycled water for non-potable uses including laundry, landscape irrigation, agriculture, vehicle washing and firefighting. Greywater from laundry, dishwashing and showers, and black water from toilets can be recycled and reused provided the proposed water quality guidelines are maintained. In creating the guidelines, the study used E. coli as [...]

Advisors Sought in Protecting the Biodiversity of Inland Waters

Posted on December 23, 2016
The Government of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its network of protected areas, including coastal and inland waters, to aide its 2020 biodiversity goals and has announced that it is seeking candidates for a National Advisory Panel on conservation and biodiversity. By 2020, the government of Canada intends to have 17 per cent of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas will be conserved through networks of protected areas and other area-based conservation measures. As part of this initiative, applications are now being accepted for a National Advisory Panel that will provide [...]

Cleantech Networking Site Launched

Posted on December 19, 2016
A group of cleantech professionals and entrepreneurs have launched getcleantech.com, a global hub that is disrupting the way people connect to and do business in the sector. The platform aggregates the clean technology industry, helps accelerate project adoption and financing, and matches professionals to new projects and others in their field. “The global marketplace for clean technology is now over USD $1 trillion, so it was obvious that the cleantech industry would need a dedicated networking site for innovators, experts, financiers, and tech adopters. We have now provided that,” said Gray Taylor, environmental lawyer [...]
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