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3 New Directors Appointed to Waterfront Toronto

Posted on December 8, 2016
The Government of Canada has appointed three new directors to the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that Sevaun Palvetzian, Janet Rieksts-Alderman, and Mazyar Mortazavi will take positions on the board. The new directors, from various backgrounds and fields of expertise in Toronto, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Waterfront Toronto initiative. The Waterfront Toronto corporation has a 25-year mandate and a $30-billion long-term plan to transform 800 hectares of brownfield lands on Toronto's waterfront into accessible and sustainable [...]

Tla'amin Assessing Water, Fish Ahead of Hydroelectric Development

Posted on December 7, 2016
The Tla’amin Nation in British Columbia has received funding from the B.C. First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) to conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of three-megawatt hydroelectric facility. The nation will use $40,000 from the FNCEBF to study fish habitats in the project area and carry out geotechnical, archeological, and water-quality assessments. “The end point of this project is to have a clean-energy power source that will provide sustainable revenue and jobs and training opportunities for our community. This is one step on a long journey, but it is a journey that we are choosing to take together,” [...]

Canadian Arctic Scientist Awarded Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Posted on December 7, 2016
Canadian Arctic scientist, Dr. John England, joins prestigious ranks, today accepting the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. England is a well-known advocate for the importance of northern science and value of the Canadian Arctic landscape. His work has captured 18,000 years of glacial and sea level history extending to the modern day. Dr. England was presented with the $50,000 Prize today at ArcticNet's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, the largest annual gathering of Arctic researchers in Canada, held this year in Winnipeg.  In addition to the $50,000 Prize, this year The W. Garfield Weston Foundation [...]

De Beers Fails to Report Mercury Entering Watershed

Posted on December 7, 2016
Wildands League (WL), assisted by Ecojustice lawyers, has filed a private prosecution against De Beers Canada Inc. for failing to report levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor Diamond Mine site in northern Ontario. WL alleges that De Beers failed to report properly on mercury levels from five out of nine surface water monitoring stations for the creeks next to its open pit mine between 2009 and 2016, violating a condition of its Certificate of Approval. These are offences under subsection 107 (3) of the Ontario Water Resources Act. “Private prosecutions are an important tool that allows private citizens to hold industry [...]

Funding for Community Projects in Northern Manitoba

Posted on December 6, 2016
The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community (NMFCCC) organization has announced that it will be funding projects through 2017 that partner with people in Northern Manitoba to create healthier, stronger communities. For the last two years, the NMFCCC has funded the Northern Fish Composting Stations. The project turns waste products into valuable fertilizer. Initially centred in three communities, Pine Dock, Matheson Island and Dawson Bay, the project remediates fish waste that would otherwise end up in water systems, contributing to nutrient loading. The project encountered a challenge when Matheson Island dropped out of [...]

Toosey First Nation Completes Water Treatment System

Posted on December 6, 2016
On December 5th, Toosey First Nation (Tl'esqox First Nation) in British Columbia announced that it has completed a new water treatment system. The water system includes a new well, water treatment plant, and distribution system. Once commissioned, the system will provide clean, healthy drinking water to the more than 340 residents and eliminate a boil water advisory that’s been in place for more than 10 years. “I would like to give gratitude and thanks for the support that was provided. It has been a long time coming and having the new water system will provide safe, clean drinking water for the people in our community, and [...]

Study Identifies Weaknesses in Canada's Cleantech Financing Chain

Posted on December 6, 2016
A new study released today by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Cycle Capital Management, in collaboration with Écotech Québec, sheds light on some of the struggles encountered by Canada's cleantech sector. The study entitled, Forging a Cleaner and More Innovative Economy in Canada, examines the current challenges of the financing chain to foster innovation in Canada’s cleantech sector. The report focuses on the key segments of the financing chain for innovative cleantech companies: deal flow generation initiated by patenting for commercialization purposes; seed and early stage financing and scale up financing [...]

Niagara Adds Transparency to Water and Wastewater Audits

Posted on December 2, 2016
The Regional Municipality of Niagara’s Public Works Committee has decided to introduce further checks and balances to its water and wastewater systems by having audit reports go to council before water and wastewater management make any adjustments to the findings. As part of Ontario’s Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS), service providers are required to participate in a yearly audit of their systems. Internal audits and impartial, third-party audits are presented to senior management who conduct root cause analysis of any problems found in the audit. for review and recommendations before findings are presented [...]

Climate Change Prompts Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience

Posted on December 2, 2016
City planners in Campbell River, B.C., have planned to address climate change impacts and rising sea levels on stormwater infrastructure and public space in 2017. In a statement released December 1st, Campbell River gave notice that it would fund a study on how to protect long-term infrastructure along the community’s waterfront. “An important step in the City’s asset maintenance process will involve reviewing the scheduled replacement plans for critical infrastructure that may be affected by sea level rise to ensure that we select locations and alignments that minimize risk,” said Ron Neufeld, deputy City manager and general [...]

Awards Celebrate the Best in Brownfield Redevelopment

Posted on December 2, 2016
The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced this week at a gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada. “There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “There is a strong connection to the brownfield awards.” The [...]

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