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Water’s Next Winners Announced

Posted on June 23, 2017
On June 22nd, over one hundred and sixty water professionals came together to celebrate innovators and influencers in the water sector at the Water's Next Awards Gala—part of the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit. Gala attendees enjoyed a four-course meal, laughter, and even shed a few tears. Water Canada editor, Katherine Balpataky and emcee, Fred Keating presented awards in 11 categories with forty finalists from across Canada. "This year, we received nearly 60 submissions, and with the Selection Committee’s help they were whittled down to three or four finalists in each award category," said Balpataky. "The awards themselves [...]

Wastewater Energy and Stormwater Projects Get Boost From New FCM Grants

Posted on June 23, 2017
Whether rural, urban or remote, municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Municipalities have influence over roughly half of Canada's GHG emissions and they are already modelling some of the most innovative green initiatives in the country. This funding for capital projects will support municipal leadership on climate change for the benefit of Canadians and their communities. This funding is offered by FCM through the Municipalities [...]

Stantec Appoints New President and CEO

Posted on June 21, 2017
Stantec announced today that following a successful eight-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes will retire at year’s end, effective December 31, 2017. The firm also announced that Gord Johnston, executive vice president of Stantec’s Infrastructure business operating unit, was selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Johnston has more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, including more than 20 years with Stantec. He has also played an active role in helping guide the Company’s Strategic Plan [...]

Experts Question First Nations Drinking Water Engagement Process

Posted on June 19, 2017
On May 29, 2017, the federal ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada posted a notice online that engagement with First Nations for safe drinking water would be undertaken. The announcement came as a surprise to some leaders within the First Nations community and advocacy groups. Details of the engagement strategy were not presented to the communities or representative organizations prior to or at the time of its launch. The information presented on the website also lacks direct or clear details regarding the engagement process. Instead, it describes: “The Government of Canada will engage with: national and regional [...]

Alta. Cleantech Reduces Water Use for In Situ Extraction

Posted on June 14, 2017
Acceleware Ltd. announced that it has won the 2017 Global Petroleum Show Award for Emerging Clean Technology. Acceleware’s radio frequency heating technology can be used for without water to process in situ oil and gas reservoirs. “Acceleware would like to thank the Global Petroleum Show and the awards panel for recognizing our work to change the economic and environmental reality of oil sands and heavy oil production, and we would also like to acknowledge the great work of our fellow nominees," said Mike Tourigny, vice president commercialization for RF Heating. The company's patent-pending RF XL heating technology offers [...]

Report: More Enforcement Needed to Lower Residential Flood Risk

Posted on June 14, 2017
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction reports that better coordination and enforcement of municipal efforts to curb private lot flood risk is needed. The report, released in May, found that to better manage inflow and infiltration (I&I) of private residences, municipalities should empower coordination and enforcement measures. “Mandatory measures,” wrote authors Joanna Kyriazis, Zizzo Strategy Inc., Laura Zizzo, Zizzo Strategy Inc., and Dan Sandink, ICLR, “can serve as a tool in the toolbox for municipalities seeking to increase homeowner engagement in urban flood risk reduction and I&I management programs.” [...]

FCM Announces Advisors for Municipal Climate Resilience

Posted on June 13, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced today a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts to assist in climate change adaptation. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) regional climate advisors offer a range of services and direct, on-the-ground support tailored specifically to the needs of municipalities locally. “We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen [...]

Survey Suggests Canadian Perception of Water's Importance Conflicted

Posted on June 13, 2017
FluksAqua, a collaborative, online platform for water utility professionals has released the results of a survey on the public perceptions of water across Canada. The survey found that 93.6 per cent of all respondents think that tax dollars should be spent on necessities other than water. Healthcare ranked highest and was followed by Education. In their announcement of the results, FluksAqua stated that “Canadians were surprisingly unconcerned when asked about water and how vital it is to their everyday lives. With the hot summer months just around the corner, the lack of awareness about water and water utilities may come back [...]

Laurier-led Northern Water Futures to Study NWT Sustainability

Posted on June 12, 2017
Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University will be leading a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team studying the sustainability of water in the Northwest Territories through the Northern Water Futures project funded through the Global Water Futures program. “Northwestern Canada is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth,” said Laurier associate professor Jennifer Baltzer, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Forests and Global Change, who is co-leading the project. “Unprecedented changes in snow cover and rates of permafrost thaw are transforming ecosystems and changing the distribution and routing of water [...]

WWF-Canada Freshwater Reports: National Coordination Imperative

Posted on June 12, 2017
Today, WWF-Canada has released the culmination of four years of research, a national assessment of Canada’s freshwater: Watershed Reports. The findings underscore the need for a national framework to manage water quality and freshwater resources. The first-ever nationwide assessment of Canada’s freshwater resources found significant evidence of disruption to watersheds across the country as a result of human activities. WWF-Canada sees its results as laying bare the need for an ongoing, standardized national freshwater monitoring and reporting system in order to make evidence-based decisions about this valuable resource. Saint [...]
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