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Clearford Water Systems to Appoint New Chair

Posted on May 30, 2017
Clearford Water Systems Inc., a TSX Venture 50 Company, announced yesterday that Mr. Rod Bryden, its current chair, will not stand for re-election to the board at its upcoming annual general and special meeting (AGM) of shareholders scheduled for June 21, 2017. Bryden has held the position of chairman of the board and has provided guidance to the company under a Strategic Leadership Agreement since 2006 when he became a major shareholder of the company. Bryden will step down from the chairman position immediately following the completion of the AGM. As a major shareholder of Clearford, Bryden will continue to be a reporting insider [...]

National Water Utilities Survey Requests Your Response

Posted on May 24, 2017
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) has commissioned a study about resiliency in water utilities. CWWA have asked Dalhousie University to conduct an online questionnaire survey about attitudes and perceptions about risk resilience and security at water utilities. This questionnaire is being conducted at all water utilities across Canada and can lead to improvements in resiliency. The CWWA team would greatly appreciated input from water experts across the country and have kindly requested that experts take 10 minutes out of their work day to complete the questionnaire. The survey does not ask the respondents name [...]

National Shoreline Cleanup for World Environment Day

Posted on May 24, 2017
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will partner with Environment and Climate Change Canada, leading 150 shoreline cleanups across the country on World Environment Day weekend, June 2 to 5, 2017. Canada has been selected as the host country of this year's World Environment Day. As we gear up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is encouraging Canadians to lead 150 cleanups on this weekend to observe Canada's continuous efforts to protect our waters and shorelines. In 2017, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has hosted 298 cleanups that have collected 7,429 kilograms of litter [...]

Wastewater Exempt from Canadian Carbon Pricing Scheme

Posted on May 23, 2017
On May 18th, the Government of Canada has released a technical paper on pricing carbon pollution. The report noted that wastewater operations will be exempt from output-based pricing system for industrial facilities emitting more than 50 kilotonnes of CO2 per year, once it is in place sometime after January 1st, 2019. While the rational is not specifically addressed in the report, trends in wastewater management are moving towards energy reuse technologies, such as will be put to use in Oakville, Halifax, or in practices like Black & Veatch’s Net-Zero Energy Solutions. It is generally known across the sector that energy [...]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Canadian Water Operators

Posted on May 19, 2017
In the modern age of climate change, low-starting salaries, unpaid internships and long working hours, millennials are struggling to find a career path that is both lucrative and fulfilling. At the same time, the water and wastewater industry is facing a generational jam of older, experienced workers retiring and leaving essential operator roles unstaffed. Wastewater operation could be  a dream job for environmentally-conscious millennials seeking a career—there’s only one problem, they have no idea the job exists. In honour of hard-working water operators in Canada, FluksAqua, a free water and wastewater utility forum, has launched [...]

Fertilizer Canada Sustainability Report Targets Nutrient Management

Posted on May 18, 2017
Fertilizer Canada has released 4R Nutrient Stewardship Sustainability Report, which details guidelines for nutrient management and water quality. The association represents the fertilizer industry: manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers. Their new report outlines the work done to date and the continued commitment of the industry in driving sustainability throughout the agriculture sector. "Sustainability has always been an integral part of our activities and initiatives at Fertilizer Canada,” said Garth Whyte, President and CEO of Fertilizer Canada. "This report [...]

27 Canadian Beaches Receive High Water Quality Standard

Posted on May 18, 2017
A record number of Canadian beaches and marinas will fly a Blue Flag, identifying them a prestigious designation of water quality. As Canadians celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this summer, they will also be able to visit more clean and eco-friendly beaches and marinas. This year, a record twenty-seven beaches and eight marinas across the country have earned the Blue Flag, a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas. To receive a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas must meet high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. The latest beaches [...]

$5.5M from Environmental Damages Fund for Projects

Posted on May 18, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced $5.5 million in funding for environmental projects will be available under the Environmental Damages Fund. Past funding has been used to preserve, restore, and research Canadian watercourses. Through the Environmental Damages Fund, the Government of Canada is investing in areas where environmental damage has occurred. The funding will be available for environmental projects under the Environmental Damages Fund in eight provinces and territories across Canada. "Through the Environmental Damages Fund we get to work at the community level with innovative organizations on projects that make a [...]

Ryerson Students Win Award for Water, Sanitation in India

Posted on May 12, 2017
Ryerson University students have been named National Champions of the Environment by the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge, for the creation of Project Pura, which empowers waterpreneurs to manufacture and sell water filters in Gujarat, India. In addition to supporting the manufacturing and sale of ceramic water filters, Project Pura assists in providing a water sanitation education and entrepreneurship program to drive industry growth. In Gujarat, 70 per cent of the population faces high water stress. Enactus Ryerson University has been named the 2017 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge National Champion by this country's [...]

Two Weeks to Comment on Draft Action Plan for Lake Erie Algae

Posted on May 10, 2017
Only two weeks remain to provide input to Canadian and Ontario governments on the draft Action Plan to address the algae problem. Phosphorus pollution is a key factor in causing algal blooms in Lake Erie, which can be harmful to human health and the environment. Phosphorus enters Lake Erie from many sources, including runoff from urban centres, agricultural lands, sewage treatment plants, airborne particles, septic systems, and industrial discharges. On March 10, 2017,  the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario released the draft action plan that is intended to help reduce high amounts of phosphorus and the growth [...]
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