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Draft Boron Guidelines Available for Review

Posted on October 29, 2008
A draft version of Canadian Water Quality Guideline for the Protection of Aquatic Life - Boron, based on a scientific criteria document contributed by Ontario Ministry of Environment, is available for 30-day public review and comment until November 28, 2008.  For details, visit the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment website. [...]

WWF: Canadians Using Three Times Share of Global Resources

Posted on October 29, 2008
Human demands on the world's resources have reached nearly a third more than planet can sustain, according to the latest edition of WWF's Living Planet Report. The report, released this week, suggests that the world is heading for an ecological credit crunch. In addition, the report found that global natural wealth and diversity continues to decline, and more and more countries are slipping into a state of permanent or seasonal water stress. Canadians were found to have the seventh-largest ecological footprint. Roughly half of Canada's ecological footprint comes from carbon released from transportation, heating and electricity [...]

Barlow Appointed Senior Water Advisor for UN

Posted on October 23, 2008
Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project, has been appointed as the first senior advisor on water issues by Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, president of the 63rd session of the United Nations. Barlow, reacting in Ottawa to the announcement, says she is honoured to be working with someone of President d'Escoto's calibre. "I am excited for the year ahead, and am pleased to note that President d'Escoto has already adopted the call for water to be recognized as a human right." In his letter to Barlow, confirming her appointment as senior advisor, President d'Escoto says, "One [...]

Health Canada: Bisphenol A on Toxic Substances List

Posted on October 20, 2008
Canada is taking steps to prevent importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottled containing bisphenol A (BPA). While BPA is not an issue for adults (even though some studies indicate links to heart disease and other adult health problems), says Health Canada, they are taking action. "Due to the uncertainty raised in some studies relating to the potential effects of low levels of BPA, the government of Canada is taking action to enhance the protection of infants and young children," Health Canada released in a statement. Both Health Canada and Environment Canada are researching into the effects of the chemical [...]

Federal Party Leaders Plans for Great Lakes Protection

Posted on October 10, 2008
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) sent questionnaires to five political parties; four were returned. "Given the national and international importance of the largest source of fresh water in the world, it is essential that the next federal government make a substantial commitment to protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence", said Toronto mayor David Miller. "It is equally important that our federal government works closely with the next federal administration in the United States to modernize our bi-national strategy to protect this shared resource." Here are some response highlights: Liberal Party [...]

Federal Water Quantity Report Made Available

Posted on October 7, 2008
The Council of Canadians and MiningWatch Canada have made public a report drafted by Environment Canada in December 2007 revealing that the agency had documented crucial information regarding the state of freshwater in Canada. The report, titled "A Federal Perspective on Water Quantity Issues," which was obtained through an Access To Information request, warns "there may be heightened risk for jurisdictional conflict for water allocation between provinces and also between Canada and the United States." "We are concerned that this information was not publicly released months ago," says Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the [...]

U.S. House Approves Great Lakes Compact: AP

Posted on September 24, 2008
The House ratified a compact Tuesday to prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes, one of the world's largest sources of fresh water, reports the Associated Press. Eight Great Lakes states negotiated the compact after more than four years of talks involving business, scientific and environmental interests. Supporters said the protections against diverting water were needed to guard the lakes from future depletion. "The Great Lakes are a vital natural resource," said Rep. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich. "But it is also a delicate resource, which can be devastated by large withdrawals of water." The compact, which was approved [...]

CTZoom Complies with PACP

Posted on September 15, 2008
CTZoom Technologies Inc. has become the first Canadian vendor to provide sewer system assessment software that complies with the requirements of the Pipe Assessment Certification Program (PACP), the standard for engineers, inspection firms and municipal managers looking to compile, analyze, compare and manage CCTV inspection data. The database in CTZoom's leading-edge CTSpec Sewer solution has been PACP-certified by the U.S.-based National Association of Sewer Services Companies (NASSCO). With PACP protocols now integrated into CTSpec Sewer software, Canadian municipalities that deal with inspection firms using PACP-certified tools [...]

Water Pipeline Project Launched

Posted on September 10, 2008
Ottawa, Ont.- A $4.22 million federal government infrastructure investment will lay the groundwork for the construction of a regional water supply and distribution system that will benefit residents from the northern communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB)156 and 156B. Estimated at $12.14 million, the water pipeline project includes the expansion of La Ronge's water treatment plant, the conversion of Air Ronge's water treatment plant to a water distribution plant, pipeline construction in LLRIB 156B and modifications to the water distribution system of LLRIB 156 and 156B. The government's $4.22-million [...]

Limited Access to Drinking Water on Canadian University Campuses: Report

Posted on September 3, 2008
The bottled water debate continues to be spurred as a national online survey, Corporate Initiatives on Campus - a 2008 Snapshot, developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Polaris Institute, paints a picture of decaying water fountains and a lack of access in educational institutions across the country to clean, potable tap water. Thirty-three per cent of respondents noted a reduction in the number of drinking water fountains on campus. A further 43 per cent of respondents cited delays in repairing existing water fountains. Others said that new buildings are being built [...]
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