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WWF-Canada Tells Canada to Regulate Arctic Wastewater

Posted on December 12, 2016
WWF-Canada has released a statement urging Transport Canada, which is currently revising safety and pollution regulations, to officially adopt the same or stronger levels of regulations on grey water discharged in waters north of 60 degrees latitude as apply south of 60. The release stated that, although untreated grey water has similar pollution impacts as sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not expected to adhere to any specific regulations for dumping this harmful waste and that Transport Canada rules are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel. Transport Canada does have extensive regulations [...]

Mackenzie DataStream Launches on Parliament Hill

Posted on November 23, 2016
Last night on Parliament Hill, senior officials and staffers joined The Gordon Foundation to celebrate the official launch of Mackenzie DataStream—an open access, independent platform that was built through a unique public-private partnership between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories. "It's an honour to host The Gordon Foundation as they launch Mackenzie DataStream today in Ottawa," said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. "This project represents an opportunity for communities within the Mackenzie Basin to get involved and play an important [...]

Over $48 Million in Combined Funding to Go to Nunavut Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on September 7, 2016
The governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $48 million in combined funding available to Nunavut communities under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Government of Canada is providing over $36 million for three projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems in the territory. The Government of Nunavut and communities are also providing over $12 million for these projects. The Government of Nunavut will identify additional projects for Phase 1 funding in the coming months. An initial list of three approved projects under the new funding [...]

More than $68 Million Invested in Northwest Territories Water Infrastructure Projects

Posted on September 7, 2016
The governments of Canada and Northwest Territories announced an agreement for joint investment of $68 million for water and wastewater projects across the Territory. The federal government is providing over $51 million and community governments of the Northwest Territories are providing over $17 million for 29 projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems across the territory. The largest projects identified in the announcement include a water and sewer pipe replacement in the City of Yellowknife ($13.7 million), sewer outfall replacement for the Town of Inuvik ($7.5 million), and sewer main replacement [...]

GOC Announced World's Largest Water Research Investment of $78 million

Posted on September 6, 2016
Today, the Government of Canada announced a $77.8 million investment into water research at the University of Saskatchewan through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The funding is part of an investment of $900 million in 13 post-secondary institutions to  invest in areas where Canada's post-secondary research institutions have the key research strengths to become global leaders. The water research network, led by the University of Saskatchewan, will involve more than 380 Canadian university researchers in a wide range of disciplines, along with eight federal departments, 28 provincial agencies, seven Indigenous communities [...]

Ontario Investing $1.5 Million to Improve Moosonee's Water Supply

Posted on August 15, 2016
Ontario is providing the Town of Moosonee with up to $1.5 million to help replace water mains and sanitary sewer mains—part of the government's expanded funding to help small, rural, and northern communities build or repair critical infrastructure. Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement in Moosonee as part of a week-long trip to more than a dozen communities across the North. The investment is through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), which gives communities access to stable and predictable annual funding for roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and other key infrastructure. In February, the Premier [...]

First Two Years of Yukon Water Strategy Show Great Progress

Posted on August 9, 2016
Two years after the release of Water for Nature, Water for People: Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan, the Government of Yukon continues to make significant progress towards meeting its water management goals, Minister of Environment Wade Istchenko announced today. Istchenko said, “Over the last two years we have greatly expanded the water monitoring network across the territory and have taken steps to improve wastewater treatment. The Yukon government is committed to ensuring that all Yukoners have access to safe drinking water, and to protecting water for nature.” Yukon’s water strategy and action plan recognizes the [...]

Yukon Plans to Invest $1.5 Million to Expand Yukon’s Water Monitoring Network

Posted on April 12, 2016
The Government of Yukon has announced plans to invest more than $1.5 million to expand Yukon’s water monitoring network in between now and 2017, subject to legislative approval. Minister of Environment Wade Istchenko said, “The Government of Yukon is committed to making water management decisions that sustain the quality and overall health of water in Yukon. We aim to promote the sustainable and responsible use of water for our environmental, social and economic needs.” The announced upgrades will include: installing ten new hydrometric stations; reactivating two old water-quality monitoring stations; adding wells [...]

Government of Yukon Reaches Agreement To Operate Dawson Wastewater Treatment

Posted on February 12, 2016
The Government of Yukon has agreed that it will continue to own and operate the new Dawson wastewater treatment plant, despite the intentions to pass these responsibilities down to the city at the time of construction. “The Yukon government has and will continue to work closely with the City of Dawson to provide the municipality with sound wastewater infrastructure to meet the community’s long-term needs,” Community Services Minister Currie Dixon said. “We recognize the city’s concerns about its ability to fund and operate the wastewater treatment plant at this time. We have taken this step today in order to address their [...]

WWF-Canada’s Releases Assessment of the Yukon River Watershed

Posted on December 3, 2015
This week, World Wildlife-Canada released the Yukon River Watershed Report providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the health of the Yukon River watershed. The results of the study show that while the Yukon watershed is assessed as being in good health overall, climate change and habitat loss are significant threats that could increasingly impact the health of this ecosystem if left unchecked. “This report gives us insight into the quality of the Yukon River and contributes to our mission focused on the protection of the Yukon River watershed,” said Edda Mutter, Science Director from the Yukon River Inter-Tribal [...]
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