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Four Water Leaders Among Canada's Most Powerful Women

Posted on November 28, 2016
The Women's Executive Network (WXN) awarded four women known for their contributions to water solutions through its 2016 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women. Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's leading female executives who have raised their voices, overturned obstacles, empowered the voiceless, and paved a path for the next generation. The 2016 winners included: Dr. Erin Kelly, assistant deputy minister, corporate & strategic planning, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories  Dr. Erin Kelly has worked as an educator [...]

Canadian Brownfield Builders and Innovators Celebrated at Event

Posted on November 28, 2016
The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. will celebrate the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards at a gala event held at the Delta Hotel in Toronto this week. The 2016 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing recognition of the builders, innovators, and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites across Canada the country. Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of these professionals to turn around sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects [...]

Mount Polley Mine Disaster & Quesnel Lake: MoE Comments

Posted on November 28, 2016
After the breach of a tailing pond at Mount Polley mine, effluent from the mine was diverted to Quesnel Lake, a glacial lake from which flows the Quesnel River into the Fraser. Quesnel Lake has continued in its capacity as the outflow point for wastewater from the mine. At present, the B.C. Ministry of Environment (MoE) continues to monitor water quality in Quensel Lake and will be doing specific monitoring of the fall turnover, which is expected from late November through early December. During the turnover, impacts from the spill will most likely be evident in portions of the lake above the thermocline. Since the disaster, fall [...]

Cost Control and Financial Awareness in the Operation of P3s

Posted on November 28, 2016
A new white paper published by Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) and Service Works Group argues that a strong and enduring contractual relationship can help address the operational management challenges o public-private partnerships (P3s). The paper was written in consultation with Dr. Mark Hellowell of the University of Edinburgh and drew on experiences from the most developed PPP markets, such as those of Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The paper reviews the key challenges presented by the operational phase of PPP contracts and examines good ideas for addressing them, focusing on the aspects most [...]

GOC Takes Action to Address the Release of Triclosan in Canada's Waters

Posted on November 25, 2016
The Government of Canada is taking action to address the release of triclosan into Canadian waters. The chemical, commonly found in some toothpaste, body washes, soap and clothing, has been shown that exhibit a potential for endocrine disruption. Roughly 1,600 products containing triclosan are sold in Canada, with another 130 personal care products containing the antibacterial chemical regulated as drug products. The main exposure of concern for triclosan is in aquatic ecosystems. Measured concentrations of triclosan in surface water are available for numerous water bodies in both densely and lightly populated areas of Canada from [...]

P.E.I. Beach Gets Sandstone Reef for Shoreline Conservation

Posted on November 25, 2016
Coldwater Consulting Ltd., a Canadian engineering firm focused on water- and shoreline-related projects, has been contracted to build an intertidal reef as a shoreline conservation method at the beachhead and dunes along the coast of Souris Beach and causeway in Prince Edward Island. The firm has a collective experience on projects across the globe and has implemented a number of projects in Canada, including shoreline protection research in the Upper Great Lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Ontario. Commissioned by the International Joint Commission, Coldwater provided data assimilation, documentation, and mapping of shorelines [...]

Mercury 40 Times Limit in Walleye

Posted on November 24, 2016
An investigation conducted by the Toronto Star has concluded that the walleye in Clay Lake that feeds residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora, Ontario, has the highest level of mercury contamination in the province. Since the 1970s, Canada has worked to reduce domestic sources of anthropogenic contamination by approximately 90 per cent. Earlier in 2016, a retired worker from a paper mill 80km upstream of Grassy Narrows in Dryden, Ontario, came forward to say he and a small crew “haphazardly” dumped drums of salt and mercury into a pit behind the mill. The Star research found that mercury contamination in the walleye [...]

Kelowna Requests $44M from Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Posted on November 24, 2016
The City of West Kelowna has completed its application to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund requesting 83 per cent funding support for the construction of a multi-barrier water treatment plant at the Rose Valley Reservoir. The total cost of the project is estimated at $53.5 million. Construction of the treatment plant was recommended in West Kelowna's Water Utility Master Plan, with the construction recommended to commence in 2022, allowing the city to accumulate the necessary financial resources. Council agreed to advance the project in light of requests from the public after Lakeview System users experienced a water quality advisory [...]

Protecting Fresh Water is a Gold Mine

Posted on November 24, 2016
Seabridge Gold Inc., a Canadian owned exploratory company, has been granted a licence by the Government of Canada for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a water storage facility and other water works at its KSM Project in northwestern B.C. The licence regulates all structures and activities along the transboundary waters shared with the United States, International Rivers Improvement Act (IRIA) and is authorized by the International Rivers Improvement Act. The proposed site for new extraction is approximately 30 kilometres east of where the Unuk River crossed the British Columbia border to Alaska in the Sulphurets [...]

Ontario Announces Subsidies for Biosolids Management Technologies

Posted on November 23, 2016
With funding from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) is offering subsidies to a limited number of Ontario companies undertaking a technology development project for a technology related to biosolids reduction, resource recovery, or energy generation. Two Ontario companies will be offered the subsidized use of a test bay in the SOWC London or Guelph wastewater pilot facilities for up to six months, starting on or before January 30, 2017 until June 30th.  Interested companies must submit an Expression of Interest by December 6, 2016. "Traditional methods [...]
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