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Charlottetown, Water Conservation Program for Low Income Residents

Posted on May 9, 2017
The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility Department is exploring the possibility of offering a Low Income Financial and Technical (LIFT) program for low income customers of the Utility. The intent of the program would be to provide those in need of assistance with an opportunity to have their home checked for leaks and, if required, have low flow devices, such as showerheads and aerators, installed to promote water conservation. Provisions will also be made to have toilets checked and higher flow toilets replaced if deemed necessary. "Water conservation is important to our residents, especially with the transition to a [...]

$4.4M to Magdalen Islands for Wastewater Treatment and System Looping

Posted on May 9, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced $4.4 million in joint funding for two water projects in the Magdalen Islands. Announced by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Germain Chevarie, Member for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, this financial support under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) will contribute to maintaining, renewing, or developing infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of wastewater. The funding will support looping [...]

BC Announces Disaster Financial Assistance for Recent Floods

Posted on May 8, 2017
British Columbia has announced that Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the central region who may have been impacted from the flooding that began on May 4th, 2017. DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations, and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. In March, the province announced that it would invest $80 million in emergency preparedness and flood mitigation. Flood management measures, including flood insurance, are increasingly front page news in [...]

Monitoring Confirms Whirling Disease in Oldman Watershed

Posted on May 8, 2017
On May 1st, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has declared the Oldman River watershed infected with whirling disease. The province in coordination with parks Canada and CFIA continue to monitor and manage watersheds where the disease has been detected. The declaration covers all streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers feeding into the Oldman River, including those in Waterton Lakes National Park. The affected zone ends at the confluence of the Oldman River and South Saskatchewan River. Areas in Alberta outside the Bow River and Oldman River watersheds were previously declared as a buffer area and are not affected by the [...]

New Brunswick Commits $8.4M to Water, Climate Change

Posted on May 8, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick has announced that the Environmental Trust Fund will invest $8.4 million in environmental projects for the 2017–18 fiscal year. A majority of the projects are focused on water issues. “Our government is pleased to announce these projects,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle while at the Coastal Zones Research Institute in Shippagan. “These types of local and province-wide projects help us address the impact of climate change, support a greener economy, promote environmental education, and create about 120 jobs each year, particularly for young New Brunswickers.” A [...]

World Water Leaders Meet in Brazil to Discuss World Water Forum

Posted on May 5, 2017
Approximately 800 representatives of water-related organizations and communities converged on the capital of Brazil for consultations towards the 8th World Water Forum in 2018, which takes place on the theme of Sharing Water. The importance of Brazil for the debate of water-related themes was addressed by the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Marcelo Cruz. Cruz said, “Brazil has 12 per cent of the planet’s freshwater, and 60 per cent of cross-border river basins pass through Brazilian territory. These numbers place the country in an important and highlighted position in the world scene.” Benedito Braga [...]

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region Tourism Trends and Statistics

Posted on May 4, 2017
The Council of the Great Lakes Region has published a foundational market study that identified the Great Lakes Region's potential to be one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. Developed in partnership with the Deloitte’s Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure experts, it is a first attempt at providing decision-makers, policy-specialists, and industry leaders a regional examination of the sector. The study noted that the leisure and hospitality industry is growing at a rate of 4.1 per cent, outpacing growth in industries typical to the Region, such as manufacturing and professional services. Tourism within the Great Lakes-St [...]

Island Water Technologies to Receive Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Posted on May 4, 2017
Island Water Technologies (IWT), a manufacturer of solar-powered wastewater treatment solutions, will receive an Award for Engineering Achievement from the Office of Lieutenant Governor - Government of Prince Edward Island for its REGEN Modular Wastewater Treatment System. The recognition comes for the work carried out by IWT with the Canadian Military to design and develop a world-first, solar powered, mobile wastewater treatment system. The solution was designed to be suitable for disaster relief applications and remote military bases. Working in partnership with Aspin Kemp & Associates and Atlantic Advance Power Technologies [...]

Over $230M for Solid Waste Management, Water and Wastewater Systems in Nunavut

Posted on May 3, 2017
The Honourable , Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is in Nunavut this week to meet with territorial and community leaders to discuss their infrastructure priorities. Today, Minister Sohi joined the Honourable Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut Minister of Community and Government Services, to announce over $230 million in joint funding for nine projects across 19 communities to upgrade solid waste management, and water and wastewater systems throughout the territory. This investment will support important projects such as expanding storage capacity and enhancing water treatment and distribution in Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet and Sanikiluaq [...]

Vancouver Housing Crisis Adds Pressure to Water Quality

Posted on May 3, 2017
In support of the City' of Vancouver's goal to protect waterways and the environment, Vancouver council approved new actions to strengthen the protection and reduce contamination in Vancouver's surrounding waters. Ongoing work on water quality in False Creek, and information gathered and assessed by the False Creek Water Quality Working Group (FCWQWG), suggested that a primary contributor to E. coli contamination in False Creek is from the discharge of untreated sewage waste from marinas, and recreational vessels such as fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Although it is illegal to dump sewage from boats within three nautical miles [...]

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