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First Asset Completes Purchase of Criterion

Posted on August 4, 2009
First announced back in June, the acquisition by First Asset Capital Corp. of VenGrowth Asset Management’s Criterion Investments is now complete. Criterion launched Canada’s first global water infrastructure fund in 2007. It also launched Canada’s first global clean energy fund and first family of currency-hedged funds. Independently owned, First Asset has managed investments on behalf of individual investors since 1996, and is a Canadian provider of innovative investment funds—primarily TSX-listed closed-end funds. "We believe this marks the beginning of a great partnership," said Ian McPherson, who will continue his [...]

BPA Levels Safe: Health Canada

Posted on July 10, 2009
Health Canada testing has detected bisphenol A (BPA) in some 18.5-litre polycarbonate bottles of drinking water, but it says the levels are low and pose no health or safety concerns. Detailed reports on levels of the chemical in various products purchased last year in Ottawa were posted on the Health Canada website Thursday, says CBC News. For the bottled water survey, researchers looked at samples of 54 different products sold under 21 brands by 16 companies. They were purchased in Ottawa stores in April 2008. The containers were made of metal, glass, high-density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate and polycarbonate [...]

Water Figures in Neighbourhood Funding

Posted on July 8, 2009
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are partnering in the EQuilibriumTM Communities Initiative to provide support and promote leading edge sustainable neighbourhood development demonstration projects in Canada. The program includes funding of up to $550,000 to private, public and non-profit developers developing leading-edge sustainable development neighbourhood-scale projects in Canada. The groups have released a request for proposals for qualified development teams with eligible development projects to provide submissions detailing how they would utilize the financial resources [...]

First Asset Acquires Criterion

Posted on June 24, 2009
First Asset Capital Corp. will acquire the mutual fund business of Criterion Investments from VenGrowth Asset Management. Criterion launched Canada's first global water infrastructure fund in 2007. It also launched Canada's first global clean energy fund and first family of currency-hedged funds. First Asset will also retain a number of key employees, including Ian McPherson, president of Criterion. First Asset is a Canadian wealth management company that offers investment products including exchange listed investment funds, mutual funds, principal-protected notes and flow-through limited partnerships, covering a variety of [...]

CMHC Awards 17 Grants

Posted on June 23, 2009
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has announced 17 new grants totaling more than $84,000 under its Affordability and Choice Today (ACT) Initiative. Operating since 1990, ACT provides grants up to $5,000, to local teams made up of municipalities, builders and housing stakeholders who promote the improvement of planning and building regulations in their communities to lower the cost of housing. ACT also offers a wealth of proven best practices and lessons learned so that communities can benefit from the innovations of others. ACT is funded by CMHC and administered and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities [...]

Bodycote Testing Becomes Exova

Posted on June 17, 2009
children of dune dvd Bodycote Testing Group, the global testing and advisory business, has been renamed Exova. The creation of a new name and identity which reflect the company's new direction, vision and values, has been prompted by the sale of the business by Bodycote plc last year. The transition to the Exova brand will take place over the next five months. "This is an exciting time," says Grant Rumbles, CEO. "Our new brand is fresh, crisp and progressive—effective across the diverse sectors and many countries in which we work."download synecdoche new york free [...]

767 Million Water Meters in World Today

Posted on June 15, 2009
In 2008, there were 767 million utility or billing water meters in the world, according to ABS Research's latest world meter reports on the three sectors. The water meter market has been impacted by the collapse of the construction industry and a reduction in demand for new residential meters, most notably in China, the United States and Spain, the water meter report says. However, easing economic conditions, an increase in the incidence of metering to conserve water, and a move to intelligent metering will contribute to the expected upturn in 2010. download sleeping with the enemy dvd The annual demand in 2009 is expected to be 87 [...]

Pharma-Water: Study Finds Antibiotics in Waterways

Posted on June 10, 2009
Antibiotics, antimicrobials and antifungals are seeping into the waterways of North America, Europe and East Asia, according to an investigation published in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Authored by Université de Montréal and Environment Canada researchers, the review found that consumption of anti-infectives for human and agriculture use contributes to their release into the environment and even into drinking water. "Anti-infectives are constantly discharged, at trace levels, in natural waters near urban centres and agricultural areas," says senior author Sébastien Sauvé, a Université de Montréal professor of environmental [...]

First PRECO Group Announced

Posted on June 9, 2009
A first group of 22 Quebec municipalities will receive $15,802,500 under the federal-provincial agreement pertaining to the water and wastewater pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'egout (PRECO). This announcement comes nearly two months after the signing of the Canada-Quebec PRECO agreement on March 26 by PM Stephen Harper, and the Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest.The PRECO agreement is possible due to a joint contribution from Canada and Quebec of approximately $700 million. With municipal contributions, over $1 billion will be available for projects that will be completed in [...]

Laval to See Upgrades

Posted on June 8, 2009
Feds and the province of Quebec will upgrade three water treatment plants in Laval. The Governments of Canada and Quebec will contribute up to $46.82 million each, for a total of up to $93.64 million. In addition, the City of Laval will fund $93.64 million to complete the third-party financing allocated to this project. This government assistance will be used specifically to improve water treatment plants in Pont-Viau, Sainte-Rose and Chomedey. This federal investment is in addition to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. [...]
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