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Climate Change Will Decrease Alberta’s Water Supply: Report

Posted on February 10, 2009
With available fresh water resources expected to decrease as a result of climate change, Alberta faces the challenge of meeting its growing demand for water in a sustainable manner, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. "We need to plan ahead and consider the impact that climate change is likely to have on fresh water resources in Alberta," says Mary Griffiths, the lead author of the report, Heating Up in Alberta: Climate Change, Energy Development and Water. The report draws attention to the decline of summer river flows, the future effects of climate change on water supply and the projected growth in demand for [...]

Water is Underpriced: Report

Posted on February 5, 2009
The current state of municipal water pricing in Canada is significantly flawed, with costs that include underfunded water agencies, aging infrastructure, excessive consumption and stifled innovation, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. With news of failing infrastructure and a $12-billion stimulus, the report couldn't come at a more relevant time. But in In Wave of the Future: The Case for Smarter Water Policy, author Steven Renzetti argues that increased infrastructure funding for municipal water agencies will not address the underlying problem of flawed water pricing. Reforms are required in the pricing [...]

HELP Clean Water Gets Green Light

Posted on February 3, 2009
The federal review for HELP Clean Water (Huron Elgin London Project) is now complete, giving the green light to start construction. John Baird, Transport and Infrastructure Minister, has said he will "quickly" sign a contribution agreement and federal funding-a commitment of up to $50 million-will flow directly to the City of London as it proceeds with construction. This is one of the first water projects to be expedited after last week's Economic Action Plan budget announcement. The plan will provide close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding-a much-needed "shot in the arm," says Baird. [...]

Aecon Hopes to Strengthen Place in Water Market

Posted on February 3, 2009
Aecon Group Inc. has agreed to acquire Lockerbie & Hole Inc. for approximately $220 million. "We believe this is a unique opportunity for Aecon to secure a leading position in the mechanical/electrical and water/wastewater markets in Western Canada," said Scott Balfour, president and CFO of Aecon, "and to further build on our strength in Western Canada's industrial markets, including the ongoing maintenance requirements of existing oil sands infrastructure, all of which we believe have significant long term growth potential." "This transaction also brings significant opportunities to leverage the complementary skills and client [...]

Seprotech Acquires Envirosearch

Posted on January 29, 2009
Seprotech Systems Inc., a provider and operator of pre-engineered water and wastewater treatment plants, has closed the purchase of Envirosearch Operations Incorporated, a private company located in Milton, Ontario. Envirosearch is an operator of water and wastewater treatment plants in Ontario. On October 21, 2008, Seprotech announced the establishment of a division focused on operating and servicing water and wastewater treatment systems. The company is merging this division with the business of Envirosearch to establish a separate water utility division. Seprotech is targeting achieving an even split between revenues from its [...]

New Report Helps Clean Technology Companies Compete Globally

Posted on January 23, 2009
OCETA and The Russell-Mitchell Group, in collaboration with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Ontario government, announced today the upcoming release of a groundbreaking report on Ontario's Clean Technology Industry. The report, entitled The 2009 OCETA SDTC Cleantech Growth & Go-to-Market Report, will be released in February 2009. It analyzes Ontario's clean technology industry, and identifies best practices to help Ontario's clean technology companies improve their go-to-market strategies. Kevin Jones, president and CEO of OCETA says that "the opportunities for Ontario's clean technology [...]

Feds Take Action to Clean Up Drinking Water in First Nations Communities

Posted on January 20, 2009
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, have announced upcoming engagement sessions on the development of a proposed legislative framework for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities to begin in February 2009. First Nation communities and regional First Nations organizations across the country, and provincial and territorial governments (except Nunavut, where there are no First Nations), will be invited to attend engagement sessions. Discussions during the sessions will focus on the scope and [...]

2009 Mineral Industry Awards Announced: PDAC

Posted on January 16, 2009
The exciting restoration of the old Britannia mine on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler in British Columbia is recognized in this year's list of awards winners announced today by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Following an extensive restoration of the Britannia mine, which in its heyday in the 1920s was the largest producer of copper in the British Commonwealth, the site at Britannia Beach is now home to the B.C. Museum of Mining. During the mine's operation, approximately 80 kilometres of underground workings and five open pits were excavated, the resulting acid rock drainage leaching [...]

Canada's Freshwater Supply at Risk: Declaration

Posted on January 15, 2009
Canadian scientists, water policy and legal experts and environmental activists signed on today to a Freshwater Declaration, calling on all levels of government to take urgent action to develop an integrated freshwater strategy that protects the needs of nature while providing equitable measures to supply water for human needs, agriculture and industry. In its previous two Throne Speeches, the federal Conservative government pledged to develop a new water strategy for Canada and pass legislation to prohibit bulk removals of water from Canada's major river basins. The declaration asks the government to use next week's new Throne Speech [...]

The Benefits of Going Tankless

Posted on January 12, 2009
Ontario Energy Savings L.P. (OES), an independent energy retailer, and Nationwide Energy Advisors (NEA), a licensed provider of energy evaluations for Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Retrofit for Homes program, have announced the launch of a new promotional initiative designed to make switching to a high efficiency tankless hot water heater a better option for consumers. Consumers who rent or purchase a new high efficiency tankless hot water heater through Newten Home Comfort L.P., an affiliate of OES, will receive a discounted initial energy evaluation through NEA. By undertaking this initial evaluation, consumers will gain [...]

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