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CCA Launches New Project on Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) announced today that it has been asked by the Minister of Science, on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, with support from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to examine the current state of knowledge on the socio-economic impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on Canadians and the Canadian health care system. The CCA stated that AMR is a rising global health threat. Patients who are affected by drug-resistant pathogens are at risk of increased infections, longer hospitals stays, and even death. Even common infections are becoming [...]

ScaleUP Ventures closes $100 Million Venture Fund

Posted on September 13, 2017
ScaleUP Ventures Inc. has announced the third and final close of its first fund, over-achieving on the original target of $50 million, bringing the fund's total capital commitment to over $100 million. The final closing brings fresh capital out of B.C., including funds from the Province of British Columbia (via the BC Tech Fund, managed by Kensington Capital Partners) and several west coast LPs. ScaleUP has also opened a Vancouver office. "We are excited about the opportunities presented by the ScaleUP fund, with its unique investor base and strong entrepreneurial team," said Gerri Sinclair, managing director of Kensington Capital [...]

Nominations for Int'l Wetland Conservation Efforts Opens Up

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has launched a call for nominations for the seventh edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The Awards will be presented at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in October 2018. Three Awards will be granted in 2018, and each recipient will receive the Evian Special Prize of US$10,000 kindly offered by the DANONE Group. The Award categories are: The Ramsar Convention Award for Wetland Wise Use, rewarding a contribution to the long-term sustainable use of wetlands; The Ramsar Convention Award for Wetland Innovation, rewarding [...]

Canadian Water Treatment Market Worth $2.51 Billion

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) conducted a survey of its membership to better understand the breadth and scope of professionals working in fields related to the provision of treated water. Based on revenues reported in the survey, CWQA estimates its members alone represent $561 million of a nearly $2.51 billion Canada-wide market. While the bulk of businesses fall under $250 thousand in annual revenues (generally qualified as dealers or retailers), the report also showed that many have revenues in millions and tens of millions as well. The highest amount reported by a single member organization is $100 million. Professionals [...]

Influence of Stagnation and Temperature on Drinking Water Quality

Posted on September 13, 2017
A group of Dutch researchers has completed a study on the plumbing between the water meter and consumer's taps to determine whether stagnation and temperature may affect water quality. “Our conclusion was that the microbial quality of drinking water changes during the overnight stagnation, and that change appears to be driven by the temperature of fresh water (coming from water mains),” said Ljiljana Zlatanović, lead author of the study. The research was conducted using an experimental plumbing rig that simulated a two-storey house with two sets of stagnation experiments—during winter and summer months—with various stagnation [...]

Polymer Accident Upsets Membrane Bioreactor Microbes

Posted on September 12, 2017
On August 29th, an estimated 100 Litres of polymer accidentally entered the Sechelt Water Resource Centre’s wet well, primary tank, and three of the four greenhouse reactor tanks in Sechelt, B.C. A sample of the plant effluent is tested by a certified laboratory monthly. The sample for the month of August, 2017, was taken on August 29th. The results showed that the effluent was within required parameter levels, with the exception of the ammonia levels. Sechelt Water Resource Centre’s August 29th effluent sampling results.  The higher ammonia level is suspected to be related to the polymer incident. As 90 per cent of the wastewater [...]

Yukon Receives Fed. Funding for Climate Change Preparedness

Posted on September 12, 2017
Yukon will receive $1.7 million over five years from the Government of Canada’s Climate Change Preparedness in the North program (CCPN). The program supports climate change adaptation projects and initiatives in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and with the James Bay Cree. “Climate change affects our land, our food, and our homes. It is having an increasingly noticeable impact in the North. As partners in the process, the Government of Canada is pleased to support the Government of Yukon in their work to learn how to manage the effects of a changing climate,” said Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous [...]

Selkirk, Man. Invests in Wastewater Project to Protect Red River, Lake Winnipeg

Posted on September 12, 2017
The City of Selkirk, Manitoba hosted an open house on Wednesday, September 6th, to share details of its new Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) project. The plant was among the capital projects identified by the in the city’s 2017 budget. It will help limit contaminants entering the Red River and Lake Winnipeg. “The existing plant was built in 1976 and has now reached the end of its life cycle,” Mayor Larry Johannson said. “We now have an opportunity to build a facility that we believe will make our city a provincial leader in wastewater management.” The new facility’s design features a membrane treatment process to [...]

Waterloo Researchers Develop Faster, Cheaper E. Coli Test

Posted on September 12, 2017
Last week, researchers at the University of Waterloo have invented a faster, more affordable way for communities to test their drinking water for E. coli, which stands to benefit remote and developing communities. Unlike current tests that cost about $70 and can take up to three days for lab results, the Waterloo invention uses paper strips similar to those in litmus tests to produce results in less than three hours at a cost of 50 cents. “This has the potential to allow routine, affordable water testing to help billions of people in the developing world avoid getting sick,” said Sushanta Mitra, executive director of the Waterloo [...]

Ottawa Cleantech Company Posts $7.4M in Third Quarter

Posted on September 11, 2017
BluMetric Environmental Inc., an Ottawa-based cleantech company involved in water resource protection and rehabilitation, announced revenue of $7.4 million and net income of $70,000 in the unaudited results for its third quarter ended June 30, 2017. Financial Highlights Year-to-date revenue is $22.9 million, a reduction of 5 per cent compared to $24.2 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2016. Revenue for the quarter decreased 11 per cent to $7.4 million compared to $8.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Water systems revenue of $2.2 million showed a decrease of $600,000. The decline in the water systems revenue [...]
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