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Call for Nominations to WaterTAP's Board of Directors

Posted on April 23, 2014
WaterTAP’s nominating and governance committee is calling for nominations for its Board of Directors. There are currently four vacancies and directors will be elected for a two year term beginning in 2014 until 2016. Selected volunteers, who are to serve as directors, would represent the industry and bring a broad range of perspectives from across Ontario. These individuals will demonstrate excellence in their field of expertise and bring a mix of leadership skills and the entrepreneurial vision critical to fulfilling the mandate of the organization. Emphasis will be on the recruitment of candidates who have the time and experience [...]

Ottawa Reaffirms Commitment to Cleaning Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay

Posted on April 21, 2014
Lake Simcoe. Credit: Bosintang. Ministers Peter Van Loan and Colin Carrie were in Bradford, Ontario on April 15 to emphasize the federal government’s commitment to cleaning up Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay. Ottawa will provide $8.6 million in support of 26 projects as part of the first round of funding under the renewed Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund. “Building on the success of the projects completed with the original investment of $30 million, we know the additional $29 million investment will mean the continued revitalization of the lake and watershed, benefitting families who enjoy these [...]

Work on Water-Efficient Garden to Begin at Guelph Emergency Services Centre

Posted on April 21, 2014
Work on a public water-efficient demonstration garden will begin this spring in Guelph, Ontario. The project, a partnership between the city and Pollination Guelph, is receiving funding from TD Friends of the Environment, RBC Blue Water project, and the Guelph Community Foundation. “This garden will be a living demonstration of a water-friendly landscape that’s both beautiful and easy to care for,” said Karen McKeown, Guelph’s outdoor water efficiency technician. “The garden will feature native and drought-tolerant plants and simple water-saving techniques that people can easily incorporate into home and commercial gardens.” The [...]

Ontario Approves Timmins-Area Drinking Water Protection Plan

Posted on April 14, 2014
A view of Timmins. Credit: P199. The Government of Ontario announced its approval of the Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan on April 10. The plan will strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water in the protection area, which covers more than 11,000 square kilometres, contains four municipalities, and is home to 48,000 residents, about 90 per cent of which are served by Timmins’ drinking water system. The plan will be implemented for fall 2014. The City of Timmins will assume a number of responsibilities under the plan, including creating risk management plans for storing pesticides, fuel, and manure; ensuring municipal [...]

Mayors Push for Better Protection of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin

Posted on April 4, 2014
Several Canadian mayors visited Parliament Hill on April 3, 2014 to make a case for better protection of the bodies of water for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Day. Notable politicians in attendance included U.S. embassy Chargé d’affaires Richard Sanders, federal opposition leader Thomas Mulcair, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. A number of members of Parliament from the three major parties also met with the mayors to bring attention to urgent issues facing shoreline communities and the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. “Mayors are in Ottawa today [...]

Experimental Lakes Area Research Station Saved

Posted on April 1, 2014
The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research centre—a collection of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario where scientists have conducted environmental research for more than 40 years—is set to be transferred from the Government of Canada to the Ontario government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Winnipeg-based non-profit with offices in Ottawa, New York, Geneva, and Beijing. The Canadian scientific community has been campaigning to save the research station for two years, after a lack of funding threatened to shut it down. “This is an important milestone for science and for the protection of our [...]

Ottawa Receives Perfect Score in Annual Water Quality Report

Posted on April 1, 2014
The City of Ottawa received a perfect score on Drinking Water System inspections performed by the Ministry of the Environment for the review period of 2013-14. The inspections looked at all seven of the city’s drinking water systems and involved up to 14 different aspects of operations, such as drinking water quality, water quality monitoring programs, and operator certification. “Ask residents what they want from their city government, and safe, reliable drinking water is near the top of the list every time,” said Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa. “I’m pleased and proud of the results we’ve received. We have this great water [...]

Owen Sound to Receive Provincial Funding for Water Projects

Posted on March 20, 2014
Owen Sound, Ontario will receive $1.5 million in provincial funding for three local projects to improve municipal water infrastructure. Ontario Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal made the announcement on March 17. Grey County Warden Brian Milne (far left), Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell, South Bruce Peninsula Mayor John Close and Owen Sound Mayor Deb Haswell listen to Ontario Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal's announcement. Credit: Denis Langlois/QMI Agency. The three grants will come from the province’s $100-million Small, Rural, and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund. They are: • $1.1 million to help Owen Sound pay for [...]

WRAIN Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Posted on March 18, 2014
A WRAIN project. Credit: WRAIN. The Water Research And Innovation Network (WRAIN) has wrapped up its successful first year. WRAIN is a collaborative effort by industry leaders, economic development professionals, research centres, and all levels of government, working together to identify and solve water issues in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario. WRAIN also involves a joint-effort by more than 30 companies and manages 250 lakes, six wastewater plants, and 21 water treatment facilities. It helps companies create innovative products and services, including real time data monitoring, phosphorous removal, aquatic weed control, greywater [...]

WaterTAP Ontario to Host Water-Tech North America Summit 2014

Posted on March 11, 2014
WaterTAP Ontario has announced it will host the 2014 World Water-Tech North America Summit at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District on November 12-14, 2014. This is the second straight year that WaterTAP will host the summit. The announcement was made from London, United Kingdom at the World Water-Tech Investment Summit. “We’re delighted to have the summit return to Ontario,” said WaterTAP CEO Brian Mergelas. “This decision recognizes the importance of Ontario as a world water technology hub and its role as the water industry’s innovation and commercial centre in the Americas.” “Last year’s summit drew more than 175 [...]
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