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Ministers' Statement on Grassy Narrows Mercury Contamination

Posted on February 13, 2017
Following the release of a report from the David Suzuki Foundation on the federal government's work to deliver drinking water to First Nations in Ontario, the province's Premier Kathleen Wynne, along with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, met with Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister and David Suzuki. Grassy Narrows' First Nation community has garnered ongoing media attention for the impacts of the mercury contamination in their watershed. What follows is a statement released by Minister Murray and David Zimmer, Ontario's Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "Mercury contamination has had [...]

Drinking Water Solutions for Ont. First Nations Flawed

Posted on February 10, 2017
The David Suzuki Foundation has released a report assessing the progress of the federal government in ending long-term Drinking Water Advisories (DWAs) in nine First Nations in Ontario. The Foundation found that attaining clean and safe drinking water for First Nations remains flawed, and said “Changes must be made to this complex process for the federal government to maintain progress toward its goal of ending long-term DWAs. Funding alone will not resolve the issue.” The report focused on the progress towards ending long-term DWAs in nine First Nations from Ontario. The research found that three First Nations are on track [...]

LSRCA Re-Elects Chair, Releases Report on Watershed Conservation

Posted on February 8, 2017
At their 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Board of Directors secured continuity by re-electing Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe to the position of Chair for a third term and Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson to the position of Vice Chair for a second term. LSRCA also released its annual report on watershed conservation. “We’ve both gained some really valuable experience dealing with a number of the initiatives and challenges over the course of our previous terms and with the unwavering commitment of our fellow board members, we’re confident that we can continue to lead the way in [...]

Poll: Ontario Bottled Water Policy and Public Opinion at Odds

Posted on February 8, 2017
A new poll of 1,500 Ontario residents has revealed discrepancies between the provincial government’s public policies when it comes to the bottled water industry and public opinion on the issue. The province-wide poll, commissioned by the Canadian Bottled Water Association, carried out by Forum Research, and conducted between January 21st and January 24th, revealed that 79 per cent of Ontarians purchased or consumed bottled water in the past 12 months. Significantly, nearly three quarters of those surveyed (72 per cent) said they don’t think it’s fair for the government to increase fees for commercial groundwater takings if [...]

Winning Consortium Announced for Hamilton P3 Biosolids Project

Posted on February 6, 2017
Bird Construction Inc. announced today that it is part of the Harbour City Solutions consortium selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain, a biosolids management project for the City of Hamilton, Ontario. Bird has a 50 per cent interest in the construction joint venture that will design and build the project. It will also take a minority equity interest in the concession responsible for the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the project through Bird Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary. The facility will use a thermal drying process to produce pellets which will [...]

Sustainability of Water Resources Important to Ontario Craft Breweries

Posted on February 6, 2017
A survey conducted by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability has found that the majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance. Garnet Pratt Siddall, President and CEO of Side Launch Brewing Company and Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers, said the survey confirms that the craft beer industry takes environmental issues seriously. “Ontario’s craft brewing industry is experiencing tremendous new growth and success,” said Pratt Siddall. “To become a North American centre of excellence in craft brewing, we’ll need to be leaders in every area of the business [...]

Erin, Ontario, to Investigate Decentralized Subsurface Wastewater Disposal

Posted on February 2, 2017
The town council of Erin, Ontario, approved a scope change for the Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA), looking into the feasibility of decentralized treatment with subsurface wastewater disposal. One council member voted against the expanded EA, citing cost and feasibility concerns, according to Phil Gravelle of the Erin Advocate. And, according to Christine Furlong of Triton Engineering Services Limited, the town of Erin’s project management firm, the town can expect to encounter significant environmental constraints in implementing the subsurface system. In order to move forward, the completion [...]

York Region Has Released its 2016 Source Water Report

Posted on January 31, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has released its 2016 Source Water Implementation Annual Report, which summarizes the work York Region is doing to identify and manage potential impacts to drinking water and pinpoint vulnerable areas where proposed development requires careful planning to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply. “York Region continues to be a leader in protecting our sources of drinking water,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We work with municipal partners and businesses to put plans in place to manage risks and create incentive programs to encourage everyone to take action in protecting [...]

Helen Jowett Returns as Grand River Conservation Authority Chair

Posted on January 31, 2017
Helen Jowett has been acclaimed to a second one-year term as chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Chris White has also been acclaimed to a second one-year term as vice-chair. Both Jowett and White were acclaimed by the GRCA board of directors at the general membership meeting on Friday, January 27. As per the GRCA by-laws, a member is eligible to be re-elected to the role of chair or vice-chair for up to a maximum of five one-year terms. The 26-member GRCA board is composed of representatives appointed by the municipalities within the Grand River watershed. Both Jowett and White expressed their gratitude to their [...]

Guelph Hosts New Wastewater Research and Development Project

Posted on January 27, 2017
A new project installed in a technology demonstration facility at the Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant will be used for wastewater research and demonstration of resource recovery technologies. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in partnership with GE Water & Process Technologies, City of Guelph, University of Guelph, the province of Ontario, and the federal government of Canada hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the GE project, which has three primary process goals: Generate clean water from wastewater for purposes of reuse; Harvest biogas from the processing of biosolids; and Collect pathogen-free fertilizer. The [...]
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