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Ministers' Statement on Grassy Narrows Mercury Contamination

Posted on February 13, 2017
Following the release of a report from the David Suzuki Foundation on the federal government's work to deliver drinking water to First Nations in Ontario, the province's Premier Kathleen Wynne, along with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, met with Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister and David Suzuki. Grassy Narrows' First Nation community has garnered ongoing media attention for the impacts of the mercury contamination in their watershed. What follows is a statement released by Minister Murray and David Zimmer, Ontario's Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "Mercury contamination has had [...]

Drinking Water Solutions for Ont. First Nations Flawed

Posted on February 10, 2017
The David Suzuki Foundation has released a report assessing the progress of the federal government in ending long-term Drinking Water Advisories (DWAs) in nine First Nations in Ontario. The Foundation found that attaining clean and safe drinking water for First Nations remains flawed, and said “Changes must be made to this complex process for the federal government to maintain progress toward its goal of ending long-term DWAs. Funding alone will not resolve the issue.” The report focused on the progress towards ending long-term DWAs in nine First Nations from Ontario. The research found that three First Nations are on track [...]

B.C. Watershed Snowpack 79 per cent of Normal

Posted on February 9, 2017
The latest survey of snowpack in British Columbia shows that there has been below-average accumulation in the province’s watersheds, reports the River Forecast Centre (RFC). Snowpack was 79 per cent of what is expected for February 1st, according to the latest Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin from the RFC. January saw “below-normal precipitation across most of the province and well below-normal precipitation in southern and north-east B.C.”, the report noted. Recent research in the journal Nature, Elevation alters ecosystem properties across temperate treelines globally, found that climate in mountainous regions is changing [...]

Hydraulic Fracturing Expected Value: 68 Billion by 2024

Posted on February 9, 2017
A report from Global Market Insights, Inc., released today, on the hydraulic fracturing market, suggests the industry share is poised to exceed USD 68 billion by 2024. Plug and perforation hydraulic fracturing market size was valued at over USD 15 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow and accounted for over 70 per cent of global hydraulic fracturing market share in 2015. Ease of accessibility for fracking in horizontal wells is expected to boost technology demand. A major factor noted in the growth of the industry was increasing investment in exploration and production of unconventional resources due to rising concern over depletion [...]

LSRCA Re-Elects Chair, Releases Report on Watershed Conservation

Posted on February 8, 2017
At their 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Board of Directors secured continuity by re-electing Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe to the position of Chair for a third term and Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson to the position of Vice Chair for a second term. LSRCA also released its annual report on watershed conservation. “We’ve both gained some really valuable experience dealing with a number of the initiatives and challenges over the course of our previous terms and with the unwavering commitment of our fellow board members, we’re confident that we can continue to lead the way in [...]

Poll: Ontario Bottled Water Policy and Public Opinion at Odds

Posted on February 8, 2017
A new poll of 1,500 Ontario residents has revealed discrepancies between the provincial government’s public policies when it comes to the bottled water industry and public opinion on the issue. The province-wide poll, commissioned by the Canadian Bottled Water Association, carried out by Forum Research, and conducted between January 21st and January 24th, revealed that 79 per cent of Ontarians purchased or consumed bottled water in the past 12 months. Significantly, nearly three quarters of those surveyed (72 per cent) said they don’t think it’s fair for the government to increase fees for commercial groundwater takings if [...]

Halifax to Mandate Wastewater Energy in Redevelopment

Posted on February 7, 2017
Halifax regional council’s Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee (ESSC) will pursue a mandate that anything built in its Cogswell Interchange redevelopment be powered by energy captured from a nearby wastewater treatment facility, reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Thermal energy from the Harbour Solutions Wastewater Treatment Facility would be used to power a district energy system (DES), a system that heats or cools water that can then be used to regulate heating, hot water, and air conditioning. According to a 2013 report produced for the Halifax Regional Council by The Strategic Urban Partnership [...]

Winning Consortium Announced for Hamilton P3 Biosolids Project

Posted on February 6, 2017
Bird Construction Inc. announced today that it is part of the Harbour City Solutions consortium selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain, a biosolids management project for the City of Hamilton, Ontario. Bird has a 50 per cent interest in the construction joint venture that will design and build the project. It will also take a minority equity interest in the concession responsible for the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the project through Bird Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary. The facility will use a thermal drying process to produce pellets which will [...]

Sustainability of Water Resources Important to Ontario Craft Breweries

Posted on February 6, 2017
A survey conducted by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability has found that the majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance. Garnet Pratt Siddall, President and CEO of Side Launch Brewing Company and Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers, said the survey confirms that the craft beer industry takes environmental issues seriously. “Ontario’s craft brewing industry is experiencing tremendous new growth and success,” said Pratt Siddall. “To become a North American centre of excellence in craft brewing, we’ll need to be leaders in every area of the business [...]

In Memory: Professor Steven Renzetti

Posted on February 4, 2017
One of Canada’s leading researchers on freshwater resources and conservation from Brock University has passed away. Professor Steven Renzetti—husband to professor Diane Dupont, and brother to Globe and Mail columnist Elizabeth Renzetti—passed away Friday Feb. 3 after a brief illness. A news release posted on the Brock University website said, "People across the Brock University community were stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the death of colleague and scholar." A professor of economics whose research made him an internationally-renowned thought leader on fresh water resources and conservation, Renzetti was known [...]

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