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Man. Grants Sustainability Awards for Water Work

Posted on May 11, 2017
Yesterday, Manitoba announced the recipients of its 2016 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards. Winners included water-based initiatives in research and public education. “It’s very encouraging to see so many individuals, organizations, and communities helping to make small changes that have a big impact,” said Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox, who announced the winners. “I’d like to congratulate these award winners for their insight and their dedication to making a difference.” This year’s award winners demonstrate that private and public-sector organizations are actively promoting sustainability [...]

Ont. Bolsters Water Protection in Extraction Permits

Posted on May 11, 2017
On May 9th, Ontario passed legislation to modernize the province's resource extraction rules. The legislation enhances government authority under the Clean Water Act of 2006. The province stated that the goals of the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act are to “increase environmental protections, boost competitiveness, and create jobs and economic growth in the aggregates and mining sectors.” Prior to the Modernization Act, if the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry were to make a change to a permit or licence given under the Aggregate Resources Act, the change would require a hearing. However, the Modernization [...]

N.B., Feds Commit $3M for Water Infrastructure, Conservation

Posted on May 11, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick, with the federal government, will invest up to $3 million in strategic infrastructure and studies to support water quality improvements at Parlee Beach. Parlee Beach is also being declared as a unique feature of the environment. The declaration means developments that could affect the water quality at Parlee Beach will require an automatic review by the Department of Environment and Local Government to determine if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required. “The government is taking action to address concerns at Parlee Beach through enhanced monitoring and testing as well as improved communication [...]

Guelph, Ont. Wins Award for Water Efficiency

Posted on May 11, 2017
The Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) has recognized the City of Guelph's leadership in water conservation with a 2017 Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency for its updated water efficiency strategy in the Public Sector & Utilities Award category. The City was also recognized for its water-based youth education programming with the H2Awesome event that won in the category of Public Education & Awareness. Both awards were presented on May 10th at the OWWA Awards Luncheon. "The City of Guelph is honoured to receive these awards from the Ontario Water Works Association's Water Efficiency Committee," said Heather Yates [...]

Two Weeks to Comment on Draft Action Plan for Lake Erie Algae

Posted on May 10, 2017
Only two weeks remain to provide input to Canadian and Ontario governments on the draft Action Plan to address the algae problem. Phosphorus pollution is a key factor in causing algal blooms in Lake Erie, which can be harmful to human health and the environment. Phosphorus enters Lake Erie from many sources, including runoff from urban centres, agricultural lands, sewage treatment plants, airborne particles, septic systems, and industrial discharges. On March 10, 2017,  the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario released the draft action plan that is intended to help reduce high amounts of phosphorus and the growth [...]

Barrie, Ont. Approves Climate Change Strategy

Posted on May 10, 2017
At the City of Barrie’s May 8th General Committee meeting, Councillors approved the Climate Change Adaptation strategy, which will guide future planning to reduce the impacts of climate change on Barrie's physical, economic, social, and ecological systems. The strategy also puts forward a number of action items specific to water systems. "In Barrie, we've already experienced climate change through a number of extreme weather events," said Katie Thompson, Risk Management Official at the City of Barrie. "This strategy will help ensure staff keeps climate change the top of mind when planning for the future, as well as in everyday operations." More [...]

WaterTAP Launches WaterTech Export Development Program

Posted on May 10, 2017
Canadian water technology companies interested in targeting high-potential water and wastewater utility clients in California or Texas should take note of a new pilot program being offered by the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP). With funding from the Global Opportunities for Industry Association's (GOA) federal government grants and contribution program, WaterTAP has launched a call for companies to participate in an export development pilot program for the Canadian water sector. The program is also being run in partnership with WatrHub Inc., an Ontario-based data-mining and analytics company that delivers timely [...]

Progress Report for Alberta-NWT Water Management Delayed

Posted on May 10, 2017
The highly anticipated first annual report on the progress and results of the Alberta-Northwest Territories Mackenzie River Basin Bilateral Water Management Agreement, signed March 18, 2015, has been delayed due to a failure of governments to agree on its details. While a teleconference of the bilateral committee responsible for the report has been scheduled for May, there is no certainty of when the final report will be released. It’s delivery was set for March, two years after the Alberta-NWT Agreement was signed. Brian Yee, the director of Transboundary Waters Secretariat, Watershed Resilience and Mitigation with the government [...]

Toronto to Host Canada's New Infrastructure Bank

Posted on May 10, 2017
The federal government has announced that the much anticipated federal infrastructure bank will be located in Toronto, Ont. based on its "global reputation for excellence as a centre for infrastructure financing." Minister Sohi said in a media release that the federal government has launched open, transparent and merit-based selection processes to identify the bank's senior leadership, with the goal of having the Canada Infrastructure Bank operational in late 2017, subject to Parliamentary approval. Through these processes, the government will first select a chairperson of the board, followed by the Board of Directors and CEO. Sohi [...]

Ont. County to Tag Approved Drinking Water Haulers

Posted on May 9, 2017
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit of Norfolk County, Ontario, has announced the launch of the HNHU Drinking Water Hauler Inspection Program. Over the past two years, the HNHU has been working with local drinking water haulage operators in Haldimand and Norfolk providing both education and inspections to ensure compliance with guidelines developed under the Ontario Drinking Water Protocol, 2014 and the Ontario Public Health Standards. The HNHU estimates that there are approximately 20 known water haulage companies that are currently active in Haldimand and Norfolk. Often these companies supply drinking water to rural homeowners [...]

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