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Ministers of Agriculture Reach New National Agreement

Posted on July 22, 2017
Ministers of agriculture reached agreement in Newfoundland this week on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial agricultural policy framework, during the annual meeting held July 19-21. The new agreement defines how a $3 billion investment will be allocated over five years, replacing the Growing Forward framework that has been in place for the past two five-year cycles. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will focus on six priority areas: Science, Research, and Innovation – Helping industry adopt practices to improve resiliency and productivity through research and innovation in key areas. Markets [...]

Wastewater, Ally in Antibiotic-Resistant Microorganisms

Posted on July 21, 2017
Biosurfactants are compounds produced naturally by bacteria, fungi or yeasts and they have been commercially utilized in shampoos, shower gels, and household cleaning products. They are also used in food, agriculture, cosmetic and medical industries as well as in environmental bioremediation to prevent the spread of spoilage and disease-causing bacteria. "The biosurfactants produced by the two bacteria in my study prevented the growth of major disease-causing bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and gentamicin-resistant E. coli which can lead to life-threatening infections in humans," said Dr. Thando Ndlovu, a [...]

Study: Wetlands Important for Mitigation of Flooding Impacts

Posted on July 17, 2017
A study released this month by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo examined the financial impacts of wetlands on rural and urban flooding. “With the flooding events in recent history, it has become clear that that the human and financial costs of these events are substantial,” said Professor Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre and an author on the report, When the Big Storms Hit: The Role of Wetlands to Limit Urban and Rural Flood Damage. “With the ever-increasing financial burden of flooding to Canadians, it is remarkable that a practical and cost-effective means to alleviate flood [...]

Assessment of Lake Levels, E-Flows at International Rainy, Namakan Lakes

Posted on July 6, 2017
On June 30th, 2017, the International Rainy and Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Board submitted its final report entitled Managing Water Levels and Flows in the Rainy River Basin to the International Joint Commission.  The Commission established the Study Board in the summer of 2015 and charged it “to evaluate options for regulating levels and flows in system in order to benefit affected interests and the system as a whole in a manner that conforms to the requirements of the Treaty.”  The study was also designed to evaluate the performance of the existing flows and lake levels in comparison to the  "State of Nature," [...]

Canada Infrastructure Bank Announces Chairperson

Posted on July 6, 2017
Today, the Government of Canada announced the new chairperson of the board for the Canadian Infrastructure Bank (CIB), former Royal Bank of Canada Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Janice Fukakusa. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced that Fukakusa has been selected as the inaugural chairperson and that the appointment was made following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process that attracted a range of highly qualified professionals. As the National Post reported today, Minister Amarjeet Sohi has told provinces that federal infrastructure investment [...]

FER-PAL Infrastructure Hires a New Municipal Market Expansion Manager

Posted on July 5, 2017
FER-PAL Infrastructure, the watermain lining specialists, is pleased to announce that Luc Lupien has joined the business development team to manage the company’s growing market presence with municipalities across Canada. Mr. Lupien has been appointed in the newly created position of Municipal Market Expansion Manager and will be focused on expanding the company’s presence and customer service in the structural watermain lining market. He will be actively developing integrated relationships with municipal leaders and infrastructure managers to provide trenchless watermain solutions that restore urban drinking water infrastructure. With [...]

Ministers Increase Collaboration on Coastal, Inland Water

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) met in Whitehorse, Yukon and committed to collaboration to better manage Canada’s three coasts and inland waterways with Indigenous Peoples. Over two days, CCFAM met to discuss a broad range of common priorities. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc and Yukon Minister of Environment Pauline Frost co-chaired the meeting attended by their counterparts from the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. British Columbia, Nunavut, Manitoba [...]

Pipeline Report on Improvements to Watercourse Protection Efforts

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) today released its third annual Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, which reveals how CEPA’s members are performing in the areas of safety, the environment, and socio-economic contributions. Safety and environmental protection are top priorities for Canadians when it comes to the transmission pipeline industry. In their report, CEPA seeks to address these issues by demonstrating what the organization’s members are doing collectively to improve safety, minimize environmental impacts, and develop solutions regarding the concerns Canadians have about the industry’s operations [...]

Loblaw Water Funds Supports Water and Habitat-Restoration Projects

Posted on June 29, 2017
Swaying public opinion on the value of beavers in rural Alberta may sound like a tall task, but Cows and Fish—as the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society is affectionately known—is up for the challenge with support from the Loblaw Water Fund. Managed by WWF-Canada, the fund this year will help restore wetland and shoreline habitat for wildlife, install cameras to count migrating Atlantic salmon, improve community-based freshwater monitoring, and even help the beleaguered beaver. The 2017 Loblaw Water Fund will award almost $255,000 to 11 community projects to improve freshwater health in ecosystems across Canada. Elizabeth [...]

Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection Project Gets $1.2B

Posted on June 28, 2017
With the waves nearly cresting the concrete dock, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig came together at the Toronto Portlands to announce a $1.2 billion commitment to the area. Through the Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection project, the governments of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto have pledged support to ensure climate resilience, economic growth, spur innovation, create jobs, and improve water quality both in the Don River and Lake Ontario. The Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP) is a precedent-setting undertaking [...]
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