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Montreal to Get $84.4M from Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Posted on April 19, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced that they will invest nearly $84.4 million in two water projects in the Montréal area. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal area, announced the $84.4 million investment under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, noted that was has always been a priority for his administration. "Expenditures on water infrastructure have increased [...]

Governments of Canada and Quebec Support 12 Water Projects in the Laurentians Region

Posted on April 3, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec announced an investment of more than $23 million for 12 water projects in five  municipalities in the Laurentians region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and the New Building Canada Fund-Quebec, Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF). MP for Laurentides–Labelle, David Graham, along with the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Laurentians region, Christine St-Pierre, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal region, Martin Coiteux made the [...]

Canada and Quebec Provide $62M for 36 Water Projects

Posted on March 20, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec will provide $62 million to fund 36 projects to improve water infrastructure in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date, efficient, and meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Québec, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, and Dominique Vien, Minister responsible for Labour, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region [...]

Risk Reduction Summit Tackles Regional Climate Change Preparedness

Posted on March 10, 2017
The Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) concluded this week, which focused on regional policies for preventing natural and human-induced hazards, such as those exacerbated by climate change like flood, drought, and wildfire. At RP17, delegates gathered to approve a Regional Action Plan (RAP) to meet the United Nations (UN) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 commitments. RP17 came after a year that has thrown the spotlight squarely on risk in the Americas in the wake of events such as Louisiana’s catastrophic 2016 flooding, the Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, which [...]

Study Board to Investigate Lake Champlain Flood Risks

Posted on February 22, 2017
The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that it has appointed a bi-national study board to undertake the work outlined in Option B of the 2013 Plan of Study to more fully explore the causes, impacts, risks, and solutions to flooding in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin. The Study Board’s research will focus on the following: the causes and impacts of past floods, floodplain best management practices and, adaptation strategies, real-time flood forecasting and mapping, social and political perception of structural and other mitigation measures, impact of flood management and mitigation measures [...]

$5M for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Que. Estrie Region

Posted on January 26, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced further funding for projects in the province, over $5 million for five water and wastewater projects in the Estrie region. Government representatives met in Weedon, Que., in the presence of Mayor Richard Tanguay, to announce approval of a project under Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to renew the municipality's water pipes. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of the funding for this project—amounting to $746,300 —and the province of Quebec is providing up to $492,560. The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.2 million in these projects in Estrie [...]

Oceanographer Daniel Pauly Named Scientist of the Year by Radio Canada

Posted on January 20, 2017
“C’est un honneur,” Dr. Daniel Pauly, University Killam Professor with the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, said after being named “Scientist of the Year” by Radio Canada’s Les Années-lumière. Pauly is being recognized for his lifelong research efforts on the human impacts on global fisheries, which hit a high note in 2016 with two major publications, both co-authored with Dirk Zeller: The Nature Communications paper Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining and the Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries, Yanick [...]

$175,000 for Quebec Recreational Fish Habitat Conservation

Posted on December 23, 2016
The province of Quebec will receive $175,000 in federal funding for the ongoing conservation of recreational fish habitat in Saint–Jacques-de-Leeds. The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) funds habitat restoration projects for fish affected by recreational fisheries led by recreational fishing and angling groups, conservation organizations and Aboriginal groups, the goal of which is to restore and rehabilitate fish habitat in Canada. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that Canada will invest $175,000 in the development and enhancement of the Osgood [...]

Study Shows Canada has 10 Hectares More Freshwater than Every Other Country on Earth

Posted on December 16, 2016
Researchers from McGill University have published the most complete database of lakes to date, providing a tool to scientists that assists understanding of the impact lakes have on hydrological cycles globally. The study reveals that Canada has 8,798,000 freshwater lakes—10 hectares more than every other country on Earth combined. The research, Estimating the volume and age of water stored in global lakes using a geo-statistical approach, was published in Nature Communications in December. In the abstract, the researchers described the knowledge of lake distribution, volume, and residence as crucial in understanding the interaction [...]

Montreal to Battle Disposable Water Bottle

Posted on September 21, 2016
After Montreal has eliminated plastic bags in 2018, it will take on plastic water bottles, said Mayor Denis Coderre. Mayor Coderre cited the 700 million single-use plastic bottles in Quebec landfills every year as reason for the ban. [...]
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