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PBO Releases New Infrastructure Report; Says Funds Are Moving Slowly

Posted on February 2, 2017
In a new report to parliament, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, provided analysis on the results of the Government’s New Infrastructure Plan (NIP) announced through the 2016 Federal Budget and its 2016 Fall Economic Statement. Entitled, Canada’s New Infrastructure Plan: Following the Money, the PBO's analysis shows that of the $13.6 billion for fiscal years 2016-18 announced in Budget 2016, departments have identified only $4.6 billion worth of projects. It stated, "While departments have committed to spending all the allocated funds within the time frame provided, these data show that there remains [...]

Celebrating World Wetlands Day in Canada

Posted on February 2, 2017
February 2 is World Wetlands Day—the anniversary of the adoption of a treaty which provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. While often overshadowed by Wiarton Willie, the event observed annually around the globe. Karla Guyn, CEO for Ducks Unlimited Canada, an non-profit group that actively works to preserve wetlands, said, "Wetlands are one of the best ways we can minimize damage from disasters." Wetlands are important as one of Earth's most productive ecosystems, supporting a disproportionately high number of species, including species at risk and significant numbers of migratory birds, fish, amphibians [...]

Homeowners Unprepared for Flooding, Unaware of Insurance Changes

Posted on January 25, 2017
A report from the CBC has brought to a light a poll conducted on behalf of Public Safety Canada in summer 2016, which found that 40 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: “The government will take care of me and my home if there’s major overland flooding.” The survey of 1,234 respondents over the age of 25 found that 54 per cent were not concerned about flooding while 74 per cent had taken no action to protect their homes from flooding, reported Dean Beeby for the CBC. Problems arise, Beeby reports, in that the federal government has traditionally compensated homeowners for afflicted by major disasters by way [...]

Canadian Water Tech Makes Top Global Cleantech List

Posted on January 24, 2017
Cleantech Group has announced its list of top 100 cleantech companies, which includes Canadian water tech companies, Axine Water Technologies and Saltworks Technologies Inc., among others. Axine made the list for its award-winning, low-cost, chemical-free solutions for treating ammonia and toxic organics in industrial wastewater. Featured in Water Canada’s Nov/Dec 2016 magazine, Axine’s innovations address gaps in conventional treatment technologies that fail to adequately manage waste streams from microelectronic production, chemical operations, pharmaceutical firms, and oil and gas projects. “It is a great honour to be [...]

Extreme Weather and Sea Level Change Increase Threefold

Posted on January 20, 2017
Organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States launched the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI), which has found that incidents of extreme weather have increased threefold from the reference period. The risk measured by the ACI is relative to the average frequencies during the reference period of 1961–1990. The index value remained below 0.25 during the reference period, reached a value of 0.5 in 1998, and first reached 1.0 in 2013. These values indicate a sustained increase in the frequency of extreme weather occurrences and changes in sea levels. The current five-year average is 1.02. Higher index [...]

Recommendations for the Federal Phase 2 Infrastructure Spend

Posted on January 19, 2017
Over the coming decade, decisions about how the federal government's Phase 2 infrastructure investments are made will play a critical role in shaping the future of Canadian cities and towns for the next half-century or longer. A new report released today by the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) urges the government to make innovative and sustainable urban water infrastructure a top priority for its 10-year, $180 billion infrastructure plan. “The federal government’s historic infrastructure plan presents an unparalleled opportunity to address these issues and to transform urban water management to meet the challenges [...]

FCM: Invest in Water Resource Management for Budget 2017

Posted on January 17, 2017
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released its recommendations for the federal government’s 2017 budget, which includes an emphasis on continued investment in water resource management. In the report titled, “Seizing the Moment” FCM emphasized the importance of the federal government financially supporting municipal level climate action and bolstering the capacity of low-density communities to modernize infrastructure, water and wastewater among them. FCM named clean-water facilities and the clean-up of contaminated sites as areas in need of sustained financial priority. Though, it more urgently pointed [...]

Government of Canada Launches Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science

Posted on January 13, 2017
The Government of Canada understands the role of science in maintaining a thriving, clean economy and in providing the evidence for sound policy decisions. To deliver on this role however, federal programs that support Canada's research efforts must be aligned in such a way as to ensure they are strategic, effective and focused on meeting the needs of scientists first. That is why the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today launched an independent review of federal funding for fundamental science. The review will assess the program machinery that is currently in place to support science and scientists in Canada. The scope [...]

Forestry Co's Partner to Improve Wetland Management

Posted on January 13, 2017
Wetlands and waterfowl in Canada's boreal forest will be the beneficiaries of a new program launched by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and forestry sector leaders. The partnership is a visionary approach to sharing knowledge and resources to advance sustainable forest management and wetland stewardship in the boreal forest, an area that offers one of the greatest conservation opportunities in the world. Under the Forest Management and Wetland Stewardship Initiative, the partners will work collaboratively on priority projects that integrate wetland and waterfowl conservation into ongoing forest management planning and field operations [...]

Feds Announce Limits for Lead in Drinking Water

Posted on January 12, 2017
The Government of Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water has released a report for public consultation on lead in drinking water for the purposes of updating the drinking water guideline. The report has recommended that the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) be changed from 0.01 mg/L of weekly intake, as per the World Health Organization standard, to the MAC of 0.005mg/L. Lowering the MAC is based on findings that suggest the consequences on human health are reductions in IQ are a critical effect of lead in drinking water. Further, the report pointed out that “lead is usually found in drinking [...]

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