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Awards Celebrate the Best in Brownfield Redevelopment

Posted on December 2, 2016
The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced this week at a gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada. “There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “There is a strong connection to the brownfield awards.” The [...]

Four Water Leaders Among Canada's Most Powerful Women

Posted on November 28, 2016
The Women's Executive Network (WXN) awarded four women known for their contributions to water solutions through its 2016 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women. Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's leading female executives who have raised their voices, overturned obstacles, empowered the voiceless, and paved a path for the next generation. The 2016 winners included: Dr. Erin Kelly, assistant deputy minister, corporate & strategic planning, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories  Dr. Erin Kelly has worked as an educator [...]

Canadian Brownfield Builders and Innovators Celebrated at Event

Posted on November 28, 2016
The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. will celebrate the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards at a gala event held at the Delta Hotel in Toronto this week. The 2016 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing recognition of the builders, innovators, and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites across Canada the country. Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of these professionals to turn around sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects [...]

Cost Control and Financial Awareness in the Operation of P3s

Posted on November 28, 2016
A new white paper published by Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) and Service Works Group argues that a strong and enduring contractual relationship can help address the operational management challenges o public-private partnerships (P3s). The paper was written in consultation with Dr. Mark Hellowell of the University of Edinburgh and drew on experiences from the most developed PPP markets, such as those of Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The paper reviews the key challenges presented by the operational phase of PPP contracts and examines good ideas for addressing them, focusing on the aspects most [...]

GOC Takes Action to Address the Release of Triclosan in Canada's Waters

Posted on November 25, 2016
The Government of Canada is taking action to address the release of triclosan into Canadian waters. The chemical, commonly found in some toothpaste, body washes, soap and clothing, has been shown that exhibit a potential for endocrine disruption. Roughly 1,600 products containing triclosan are sold in Canada, with another 130 personal care products containing the antibacterial chemical regulated as drug products. The main exposure of concern for triclosan is in aquatic ecosystems. Measured concentrations of triclosan in surface water are available for numerous water bodies in both densely and lightly populated areas of Canada from [...]

Computer Model Makes Great Lakes Climate 3-D

Posted on November 22, 2016
A computer model developed by researchers in the U.S. allows scientists to better capture the physical characteristics of the Great Lakes by fully resolving the hydrodynamic and climactic properties of the lakes. The model is innovative in that it moves beyond conventional 1-D lake models used to represent two-way interactions in regional climate. For the study, Dr. Pengfei Xue, assistant professor, Great Lakes Research Centre and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological Univserity, et al., developed a two-way coupled 3-D climate-lake-ice-modeling system (TC-3D-GLARM). In order to properly run the [...]

New Wastewater Guidelines Respond to Local Conditions

Posted on November 22, 2016
New wastewater system design guidelines developed at UBC can help municipal governments better protect aquatic life and save millions of dollars a year. In a recent study, engineers at UBC’s Okanagan campus developed guidelines that can tailor the design of specialized filters, called fluidized bed reactors, to local conditions and help prevent phosphorous deposits from forming in wastewater systems. The guidelines also help ensure the fluidized bed reactors avoid the release of phosphorus into the environment. As phosphorus promotes oxygen-depleting algae blooms, its release can suffocate aquatic life. “If left unchecked [...]

Internet of Things Comes to Water Management

Posted on November 21, 2016
Ottawa has installed wireless sensors in its regions waterways as a part of a pilot project with Ericsson and Rogers Communications to monitor water quality in real-time. The pilot will leverage a combination of Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and LTE mobile broadband technologies to gather real-time data that city staff can use to better predict, prevent, and respond to potential issues related to water quality, including cleanliness and abnormal temperatures. This is the first implementation of real-time water quality monitoring in Canada and will complement the City of Ottawa's current water monitoring program [...]

New Research Forecasts Impacts of Proposed Hydroelectric Development on Local Communities

Posted on November 18, 2016
New research from Harvard University has forecasted human exposure to methylmercury levels in areas of Canada where new hydroelectric development is being considered will be significant. The study showed that more than 90 per cent of potential new projects are likely to increase concentrations of the methylmercury in food webs near indigenous communities. The research used a model that considered reservoir design, soil characteristics, and how methylmercury accumulates in the ecosystem to forecast potential human health impacts of hydroelectric projects. The study also identified actions that could be taken to minimize these impacts [...]

Does Canada’s Microplastic Ban Reach Far Enough?

Posted on November 18, 2016
On November, 5th, the Government of Canada announced that it would be banning microplastic beads in toiletry products. At a public consultation was held on February 22nd, 2016, representatives from industry, industry assoications, environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs), and other government departments, and concerned citizens provided commentary and feedback on the proposed legislation. One of the recommendations was that the regulations widen in scope to “take into account all products containing plastic microbeads that could enter the wastewater system in Canada.” Specifically, cleaning supplies, wet wipes [...]
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