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Canada Moves to Protect Arctic Waters

Posted on December 4, 2008
Transport Minister John Baird has introduced legislation in the House of Commons to enhance Canada's sovereignty over Arctic waters and protect them from pollution. Under the proposed legislation, Canada will have greater and more effective control over marine activity in the Canadian Arctic while enhancing environmental protection in Canada's North. This marks an important step forward in the federal government's integrated Northern Strategy. "Measures introduced today will help support the safe and environmentally sound movement of ships in Canada's Arctic waters," said Baird. The amendment will extend the application of the [...]

Yellowknife Summit Draws Concerns on Water

Posted on November 6, 2008
Aboriginal leaders, scientists and environmental activists from across Canada are talking this week about water quality at a national summit in Yellowknife, reports CBC News. More than 100 delegates gathered for the Dene Nation's National Environment and Water Summit to discuss issues such as the effect of oilsands development on water. "We are seeing the direct impacts of climate change," Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine told delegates in his opening remarks Tuesday, "such as the drying up of lakes and rivers, and making access to some communities very difficult and costly." Delegates will discuss ways [...]

Whitehorse Gives Takhini North $1M Tab for Upgrades: CBC

Posted on October 20, 2008
Residents in the Takhini North neighbourhood of Whitehorse will have to fork over at least $1 million to help cover a $9-million upgrade to its water and sewage system, as well as pay thousands of dollars more to hook up their home plumbing to the new system, reports CBC News. City planners met with residents last week to review the Local Improvement Charges (LICs) associated with the water and sewer upgrades. Homeowners have been assessed costs between $9,000 and $17,000 each. Those costs are actually lower than expected, planners said, because aging sewer lines may not have to be replaced for another 50 years. On that basis [...]

Canada and Yukon Fund Water Supply System in Haines Junction

Posted on September 8, 2008
Whitehorse, YT- Last week, the federal government announced funding for improvements to Haines Junction's water supply system in Yukon. The Village of Haines Junction will receive $245,267 under the Canada-Yukon Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). This water system project will improve the pumping capacity of local wells and will include a water testing station. Canada and Yukon will provide two-thirds of the total project funding and the Village of Haines Junction will provide the additional $123,000 in eligible costs. [...]

SDTC Seeking Clean Water Projects

Posted on September 3, 2008
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is actively seeking applications for technology innovations in all areas of sustainable development that deliver clean water, clean soil, clean air, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The $550-million SD Tech Fund is open for Statements of Interest (SOI) for its fourteenth round of funding until October 22, 2008. "We want to hear from clean technology developers across Canada about the technology solutions they bring to environmental issues," said Vicky J. Sharpe, president and CEO of SDTC. "By providing entrepreneurs with early-stage funding when it is most needed SDTC [...]

Protecting the Mackenzie River Basin: NNSOnline

Posted on August 26, 2008
Michael Miltenberger says a way already exists to deal with the preservation of quality and flow of water in the Mackenzie River basin, reports the Northern News Services Online. The Northwest Territories minister of environment and natural resources said that the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement, signed in 1997 by the federal government, the N.W.T., Yukon, Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. The minister explained the existing agreement calls for bilateral deals to be signed by the signatories, but so far, the N.W.T. has signed only one with Yukon. The transboundary agreement deals with broad issues of cumulative [...]
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