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Toronto to Host Canada's New Infrastructure Bank

Posted on May 10, 2017
The federal government has announced that the much anticipated federal infrastructure bank will be located in Toronto, Ont. based on its "global reputation for excellence as a centre for infrastructure financing." Minister Sohi said in a media release that the federal government has launched open, transparent and merit-based selection processes to identify the bank's senior leadership, with the goal of having the Canada Infrastructure Bank operational in late 2017, subject to Parliamentary approval. Through these processes, the government will first select a chairperson of the board, followed by the Board of Directors and CEO. Sohi [...]

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region Tourism Trends and Statistics

Posted on May 4, 2017
The Council of the Great Lakes Region has published a foundational market study that identified the Great Lakes Region's potential to be one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. Developed in partnership with the Deloitte’s Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure experts, it is a first attempt at providing decision-makers, policy-specialists, and industry leaders a regional examination of the sector. The study noted that the leisure and hospitality industry is growing at a rate of 4.1 per cent, outpacing growth in industries typical to the Region, such as manufacturing and professional services. Tourism within the Great Lakes-St [...]

Carleton Biofiltration Project with Humber College Receives NSERC Funding

Posted on May 2, 2017
Carleton University’s Onita Basu, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in partnership with Humber College, has received more than $95,000 over two years through the NSERC College and Community Innovation Program (CCI). This research will investigate procedures involved in processing drinking water using biofiltration (BF). Biological filtration is one of few methods of drinking water treatment that can reduce the chemical requirements and energy needs of drinking water facilities. Identification, validation, improved monitoring and control tools are necessary to establish BF as a predictable process [...]

QUEST Welcomes Five New Senior Associates

Posted on May 1, 2017
QUEST, a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement, and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada by working with government, utilities, the energy industry,  real-estate , and economic regulators has announced five new senior associates. These senior associates are part of QUEST’s network of leaders from across Canada committed to advancing progress in smart energy community development. The new associates are: Bruce Cameron, principal Consultant and founder of Envigour Policy Consulting - Bruce is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a leading expert in energy policy development. Richard [...]

Federal Government Invests $27M in Agriculture Research

Posted on April 27, 2017
The federal government has announced $27 million over five-years (2016-2021) through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). The investment is intended to help create technologies, practices and processes to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change and improve soil and water conservation by developing new farming practices and methods. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, alongside the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Edmonton, Mill Woods, and the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, announced 20 new research projects across Canada. "Agricultural water use efficiency [...]

Report: Canada's Cleantech Sector Needs Policy Encouragement

Posted on April 20, 2017
A new report from Analytica Advisors has said that Canada’s cleantech sector will struggle if federal policy fails to appropriately encourage the market. The report, 2017 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, says that Canada’s federal government wants to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, but without smart new policy to build markets, unlock private finance, and secure innovation, the nation’s cleantech sector will quickly fall behind. On a cash flow basis, the industry appears reasonably healthy—revenues are up 8 per cent over the previous year, the report finds. But the overall industry is not profitable [...]

RBC Study Investigates Divided Public Perception of Water

Posted on April 11, 2017
Following on the release of the 10th RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, the RBC Blue Water Project and GlobeScan held a webinar, bringing further discussion and insight to the valuable findings of the data. In the discussion were Andrew Craig, director of Corporate Environmental Affairs at RBC; Rober Haller, executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association; Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health; and Eric Whan, director of GlobeScan. The discussion delved into the study's results, which showed there's a gap between how the public [...]

Canada to Participate in International Water Research

Posted on April 7, 2017
The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced that it will support water research internationally with collaborations through the Water Joint Programming Initiative (WJPI). Of a total of 21 projects receiving funding, Canada will lead three of six projects receiving Canadian support. Canada’s total contribution over three years will be approximately $1.84 million CAD. Overall, WJPI will be supported by 25 national and regional funding organizations from 22 countries. The projects cover a wide range of areas, including social, economic, and natural sciences. They projects also address various challenges [...]

Kingston Wins National Award for Waterfront Master Plan

Posted on April 6, 2017
The City of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan has won a Canadian Society of Landscape Architect's (CSLA) 2017 National Award of Excellence. The 14 winning projects from across Canada represent world-class roadside and residences, ambitious plans for waterfront, community greening and poetic places. "With respect to the waterfront master plan, participating residents know how much hard work and input went into this long-term plan which envisions the future of all of Kingston's waterfronts over the next 30 years. This award affirms that this plan will truly help secure our beautiful vision," said Neal Unsworth, manager, parks development [...]

63 U.S. Representatives Write Letter for Great Lakes Funding

Posted on March 31, 2017
United States congressional representatives have appealed directly to the president that he provide $300 million to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in response to his proposed budget cuts. Yesterday, a total of 63 U.S. congressional representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and other states wrote to Donald Trump to explain that the Great Lakes are a U.S. national treasure and an economic driver. Furthermore, the representatives explained to Trump that “The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the [...]
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