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Ottawa Cleantech Company Posts $7.4M in Third Quarter

Posted on September 11, 2017
BluMetric Environmental Inc., an Ottawa-based cleantech company involved in water resource protection and rehabilitation, announced revenue of $7.4 million and net income of $70,000 in the unaudited results for its third quarter ended June 30, 2017. Financial Highlights Year-to-date revenue is $22.9 million, a reduction of 5 per cent compared to $24.2 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2016. Revenue for the quarter decreased 11 per cent to $7.4 million compared to $8.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Water systems revenue of $2.2 million showed a decrease of $600,000. The decline in the water systems revenue [...]

London, Ont. Program Helps Mitigate Urban Runoff

Posted on September 7, 2017
Ontario is providing over $380,000 in funding for 25 projects that will help restore and rehabilitate over 1,050 hectares of land, protect biodiversity, and mitigate urban runoff. Through the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program, the province is supporting Reforest London to enhance ecosystem health and forest cover in the London area. Reforest London will focus restoration efforts on five large publicly owned woodlands through tree planting and invasive species removal, which will improve the health of the woodlands and the important habitat they provide for wildlife. “Thanks to the most recent round of funding [...]

A Wetland Off-Setting Strategy for Ontario

Posted on September 7, 2017
On the heels of a decision by the Ontario government to proceeded a wetland off-setting program, a provincial conservation group is recommending measures to ensure that the program is effective. In a new report entitled, Navigating the Swamp: Lessons on Wetland Offsetting for Ontario, Ontario Nature has published a set of recommendations for the provincial government to help enable compensation for the negative impacts of development through the restoration or creation of new wetlands. On July 20, 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced plans to proceed with its new wetlands strategy, subject to changes [...]

Ont. & Que. Flooding Caused $223M in Insured Damage

Posted on September 5, 2017
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has reported that spring 2017 storm and flooding events in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec resulted in more than $223 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). "Climate change is causing severe weather events, especially storms involving floods, to happen more frequently and with greater intensity. While the insured damage from the spring floods is significant, the total cost to homeowners and government is not yet known," said Craig Stewart, vice president of Federal Affairs, IBC. "Flooding coupled with windstorms can cause significant [...]

Environment Minister Further Delays Decision on Nuclear Storage Site

Posted on September 1, 2017
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Catherine McKenna, has further delayed a decision on the proposal to bury low-level nuclear waste 680 metres below ground off the shores of Lake Huron at Ontario’s Bruce nuclear plant, near the town of Kincardine. The Minister has requested OPG provide more information on the plan’s possible effects on the “physical and cultural heritage” of the local First Nation populations. The Canadian government has a common law duty to consult and accommodate the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. On Feb. 18, 2016, OPG provided Minister McKenna [...]

Blue-Green Algae, Cyanobacteria Identified in Lower Thames

Posted on August 31, 2017
The Lower Thames Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has confirmed that the Thames River is experiencing a toxic blue-green algae event. On  August 28, LTVCA staff noted a discolouration in the Thames River, near Chatham, Ontario, and contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in London. MOECC staff undertook sampling at several locations and advised on Tuesday that it was a cyanobacteria bloom (blue-green algae) in the. They confirmed that the samples taken contained the species responsible for shutting down drinking water intakes on Lake Erie in 2014. “I think this algae outbreak in the Thames River reminds [...]

Ontario Creates Low Carbon Innovation Fund to Accelerate Cleantech

Posted on August 30, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced a new fund to support cleantech projects, in concept and commercialization, that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) will support emerging, innovative technologies in areas such as alternative energy generation and conservation, new biofuels or bioproducts, next-generation transportation or novel carbon capture and usage technologies. Successful technologies will need to show significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. This initiative is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's [...]

Regional Chief of Ont. Calls for Shake Up to End BWAs

Posted on August 29, 2017
For World Water Week, Regional Chief of Ontario, Isadore Day, has released a statement on ending Boil Water Advisories (BWAs). “As we mark World Water Week, Canadians must be reminded that far too many First Nation communities in Ontario, and across the country, do not have access to clean drinking water,” said Regional Chief Day. “While the federal Liberal government pledged to end all BWAs within five years, not enough progress has been made to date.” According to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), organizers of World Water Week, lack of access to clean water is “mainly rooted in poverty, power, and [...]

Feds Invest in Hydrologic Model to Improve Agri-Water Management

Posted on August 23, 2017
Canada has announced funding for the agriculture and agri-food sector to improve water management decisions. The goal of this investment is for the Government of Canada to work with private sector partners in developing new risk management tools that help farmers. Announced by Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Francis Drouin, was a $997,654 investment for the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) to develop a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions. “Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management [...]

Ice Pigging Pipes Wins in Sewer Maintenance

Posted on August 22, 2017
Cambridge, Ontario, has won an award for its innovative sewer maintenance practice of ice pigging. Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Lynn Dollin, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), presented a Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award to the City of Cambridge for its innovative practice. The ice pigging technique was first used in 2016 when Cambridge explored the use of new technology to clear sanitary siphons, which are difficult to clean and had become more blocked over time. Ice pigging involves pumping an ice slurry through a pipe to scrape away sediment, debris, and grease that cause blockages [...]
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