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Ont. Bill Would Mandate Public Reporting of Diverted Sewage

Posted on June 30, 2017
On May 31st, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin—Caledon, Sylvia Jones, brought forward Bill 141, Sewage Bypass Reporting Act, 2017. The bill would see the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) publicly report data on any sewage diverted into water courses. “The intent for me of 141 is public disclosure and transparency,” MPP Jones told Water Canada. “I have spoken to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and formally made requests of all the regional offices to ask for their figures and numbers on how much bypass occurred in the last year.” Bill 141 introduces three new subsections [...]

Canada and Yukon Invest $6M in Water Systems

Posted on June 29, 2017
Today, the governments of Canada and Yukon have announced an investment of up to $6,150,000 in Yukon’s water systems. Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell, and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn, announced joint funding of more than six million dollars for two projects in Haines Junction. The federal government is providing up to 75 per cent of funding for these projects—over $4.6 million. The territorial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—just over $1.5 million of total eligible costs. “The foundation of a healthy, sustainable community is clean drinking [...]

Ministers Increase Collaboration on Coastal, Inland Water

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) met in Whitehorse, Yukon and committed to collaboration to better manage Canada’s three coasts and inland waterways with Indigenous Peoples. Over two days, CCFAM met to discuss a broad range of common priorities. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc and Yukon Minister of Environment Pauline Frost co-chaired the meeting attended by their counterparts from the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. British Columbia, Nunavut, Manitoba [...]

Pipeline Report on Improvements to Watercourse Protection Efforts

Posted on June 29, 2017
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) today released its third annual Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, which reveals how CEPA’s members are performing in the areas of safety, the environment, and socio-economic contributions. Safety and environmental protection are top priorities for Canadians when it comes to the transmission pipeline industry. In their report, CEPA seeks to address these issues by demonstrating what the organization’s members are doing collectively to improve safety, minimize environmental impacts, and develop solutions regarding the concerns Canadians have about the industry’s operations [...]

Mississauga, Ont., to Develop Climate Change Plan

Posted on June 29, 2017
The City of Mississauga has announced the development of a Climate Change Action Plan to help minimize and prepare the city for the impacts of a changing global climate. The city has stated that the plan will include both corporate and community-wide actions to reduce or offset the impacts of climate change. It will also prepare the city for possible future climate scenarios. Completion of the Plan is set for 2019. “Canadian municipalities have an important role to play in addressing climate change because more than 50 per cent of the population now lives in urban areas,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Climate change is a global [...]

Loblaw Water Funds Supports Water and Habitat-Restoration Projects

Posted on June 29, 2017
Swaying public opinion on the value of beavers in rural Alberta may sound like a tall task, but Cows and Fish—as the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society is affectionately known—is up for the challenge with support from the Loblaw Water Fund. Managed by WWF-Canada, the fund this year will help restore wetland and shoreline habitat for wildlife, install cameras to count migrating Atlantic salmon, improve community-based freshwater monitoring, and even help the beleaguered beaver. The 2017 Loblaw Water Fund will award almost $255,000 to 11 community projects to improve freshwater health in ecosystems across Canada. Elizabeth [...]

Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection Project Gets $1.2B

Posted on June 28, 2017
With the waves nearly cresting the concrete dock, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig came together at the Toronto Portlands to announce a $1.2 billion commitment to the area. Through the Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection project, the governments of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto have pledged support to ensure climate resilience, economic growth, spur innovation, create jobs, and improve water quality both in the Don River and Lake Ontario. The Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP) is a precedent-setting undertaking [...]

Pilots Prove On-site Wastewater Treatment for Craft Breweries

Posted on June 28, 2017
BLOOM has announced the release of Driving Adoption of Innovative Solutions at Ontario Craft Breweries, a pilot project case study to improve water management performance in Ontario's craft breweries. The pilot’s aim was to prove the viability of a representative on-site wastewater solution that implements both improved source reduction practices and treatment technologies can to meet and exceed wastewater discharge goals. For the project, BLOOM collaborated with three Ontario craft brewers in separate demonstration projects. The representative solution that was piloted in each project was the BRÜ CLEAN SYSTEM developed by Econse [...]

Murray Announces $85M for Grassy Narrows Remediation

Posted on June 28, 2017
Today Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, announced Ontario is providing $85 million in dedicated funding to the remediation of the English-Wabigoon river system, known as Grassy Narrows. "Mercury contamination has had a profound impact on the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation and Wabaseemoong (Whitedog) Independent Nations, and has to be properly addressed. In February 2017, on behalf of the Ontario government, Minister Zimmer and I made a commitment to the First Nations to take action on remediation of mercury contamination in the English-Wabigoon River system. This commitment involves working with First [...]

Farmers, Municipalities to Reduce Phosphorus in the Thames River

Posted on June 27, 2017
A new initiative launched this week, called The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative, is developing innovative tools, practices and technologies to help farmers and municipalities reduce phosphorus and algal blooms in the southwestern Ontario watershed which feeds into Lake Erie. “We’re determined to improve the quality of water in the Thames, and that means working with everyone from farmers to drainage engineers and conservation authorities to First Nations and universities to come up with practical, cost-effective water management and drainage solutions for both urban and agricultural areas,” said Randy Hope, Mayor [...]
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