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Ont. Increasing Groundwater Withdrawal Fee for Water Bottlers

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Province of Ontario has announced it will be charging water bottling companies an additional $500 for groundwater withdrawals. Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, water bottlers will pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken. The government has instituted the new fee in order to help recover costs associated with managing groundwater taken by water bottlers, including supporting scientific research on the environmental impacts as well as enhanced data analysis on groundwater taken for water bottling. “The fee of $503.71 is neither good or bad as we believe that these permits need to be phased out within 10 years,” said [...]

Governments Appoint Advisory Panel on Protection of Freshwater

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada have created a National Advisory Panel on Canada’s biodiversity conservation initiative, which will guide the protection of 17 per cent of the country’s land and freshwater. Canada is committed to conserve at least 17 per cent of our country's land and freshwater through a network of parks, protected and conserved areas, and other effective area-based conservation measures by 2020. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks [...]

Vancouver Entrepreneur to Receive Mitacs Award for Slurry Treatment

Posted on June 8, 2017
A Vancouver entrepreneur has commercialized a new approach for treating dairy farm manure and sewage sludge and will be recognized with an award from Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that partners companies, government and academia to promote Canadian research and training. The microwave enhanced advanced oxidation process (MW-AOP) has earned Asha Srinivasan the award and $5,000 from Mitacs, a national, which she will accept today in Toronto. Srinivasan is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and one of four co-founders of Vancouver-based Boost Environmental Systems. The cleantech system [...]

Oil Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Region

Posted on June 7, 2017
Three research papers were recently released that focus on oil transportation in the Great Lakes region. Commissioned by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), the papers address key aspects of oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region, including the current state of crude oil infrastructure, the economic impact of crude oil transportation, and environmental sensitivity of Great Lakes waters to oil exposure. The papers were commissioned by the GLC through a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation. The research, Environmental Sensitivity to Oil Exposure in the Great Lakes Waters: A Multimodal Approach, investigated [...]

$4.5M to Corner Brook, Nfld., for Water Quality, Culverts

Posted on June 7, 2017
Yesterday, Newfoundland and Labrador announced more than $4.5 million for water systems in the City of Corner Brook. Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, was joined today by Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills and MHA for Corner Brook, to announce over $4.5 million through the Multi Year Capital Works (MYCW) program for projects in the City of Corner Brook. Minister Joyce also announced more than $4.5 million in funding for the Western Regional Service Board. “Our government is committed to assisting municipalities such as Corner Brook by supporting high quality infrastructure that contributes [...]

BI Pure Water Receives NRC Grant for Refractory Wastewater

Posted on June 6, 2017
BI Pure Water, Inc. has been approved for a National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) grant to pilot its low-cost remediation solution for refractory organic contaminants. BI Pure Water’s in-house master chemist Ian Wylie has been personally working on the chemical problem for a decade and he believes he’s found a low-cost solution. “There are so many unaddressed industrial chemicals in our environment, I find this a very exciting and promising market,” said Ian Wylie, R&D Project Manager. “This process should be able to treat refractory wastewaters at an operating cost 5-20 [...]

NWT Commits Funds to Ongoing Water Quality Research

Posted on June 6, 2017
North West Territories has announced funding for new monitoring and research projects, including an investigation of arsenic pollution in lakes near Yellowknife. A total of 13 new environmental monitoring and research projects have been awarded funding through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Program (NWT CIMP). Announced on World Environment Day by Environment and Natural Resources Minister Robert C. McLeod, the 13 new projects funded during the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be led by First Nations, Canadian universities, and Territorial and federal government departments. Total funding for the projects is more than $700,000. “These [...]

Employees Help Reduce Water Use at Labatt Breweries

Posted on June 5, 2017
On World Environment Day, Labatt Breweries of Canada has recognized their employees for their award-winning environmental efforts, including efforts to reduce water use. Labatt credits its progress on environmental performance to giving employees ownership of putting forth improvement ideas and implementing changes. For three years in a row, the company has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by Canada’s Top 100 for three years running. To date, 55,000 employee ideas have been put forward, with 45,000 ideas implemented since 2001. "Employee ownership is deeply rooted in our 170 years of brewing. The solutions [...]

Edmonton Flood Mitigation Strategy Moves Forward

Posted on June 5, 2017
The City of Edmonton has announced forward motion on its flood mitigation strategy, which will focus on flood risk, potential costs, and schedules outlined for residential areas and underpasses As the next step in the city’s examination of upgrades to drainage infrastructure, staff will outline flood mitigation options in two reports at Utility Committee on June 9th. One report identifies engineering assessments of flood risk in over 160 residential neighbourhoods, and a complementary report outlines a high-level study of smaller-scale options to reduce underpass flooding at high-risk locations. “Edmonton needs to invest to [...]

Funding for 75 New Saskatchewan Water Projects

Posted on June 5, 2017
On June 2nd, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout the province. This investment represents combined federal, provincial, and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Communities and Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, announced that the funding will support such initiatives as building new sewage treatment [...]
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