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Montréal Wastewater Debacle a Matter of Necessity

Posted on October 7, 2015
What started as a measure of preventative maintenance, escalated into a federal election issue. News that the City of Montréal was set to release eight billion litres of wastewater into the St. Lawrence River spread quickly after the city received approval by the provincial government. The discharge was to be released from 26 sewer mains along the north and south shores of the island for one week, starting on October 18th, in accordance with Quebec law. Yet the citizens of Montréal were outraged. The city held a news conference to defend its plan and the necessary construction. The Opposition parties in the Quebec National Assembly [...]

Quebec and Ontario Strengthen Collaboration on Shared Water Management

Posted on June 5, 2015
On May 29, Quebec’s Environment Minister David Heurtel and Ontario’s Environment Minister Glen Murray announced the creation of a joint Ontario-Québec Committee on Water Management. The idea of deepening co-operation between the two provinces, in part by creating a joint committee, was first discussed at the most recent meeting of the Quebec and Ontario cabinets. The mandate of the Joint Committee on Water Management will include facilitating co-operation and information sharing between Quebec and Ontario on a wide range of water management issues, including water management of the waters of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence [...]

Northern Quebec Receives $8 Million in Municipal Infrastructure Funding

Posted on January 30, 2015
Several communities in Nunavik, a region covering the northern third of the province of Québec, will share upwards of $8 million in joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding over the next five years. Federal contributions will come from the federal Gas Tax Fund. Alongside roadwork and airport maintenance, a significant portion of the money will be directed toward water and waste management projects by the Kativik Regional Government, which manages municipal infrastructure projects in Nunavik. “Thanks to the new Canada-Quebec Gas Tax Fund agreement, the Kativik Regional Government will have access to a flexible, reliable [...]

Construction Underway on Wastewater Facilities in Chelsea, Quebec

Posted on November 4, 2014
Construction is underway on new wastewater facilities in the Centre district in Chelsea, Québec. A joint Canada-Québec investment of more than $2.4 million has been made toward the project, which has a total cost of more than $3.3 million, through the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Québec. “Equipping communities with the modern infrastructure that is essential to the health and safety of their residents remains one of our government’s key objectives,” said Federal Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs Denis Lebel. “That is why we are proud to have contributed to this [...]

Nearly 300,000 Quebec City Residents without Potable Water

Posted on October 30, 2014
Close to 300,000 people in Quebec City were without potable tap water on October 29 after a major pipe burst prompted a boil water order. Pascale St-Pierre, a hospital spokesperson, told public broadcaster Radio-Canada the tap water had become “cloudy.” Four of the city’s five hospitals and approximately 40 schools became reliant on deliveries of bottled water. As a result, several neighbourhood stores quickly ran out of bottled water and restaurants eventually stopped adding ice to drinks. In total, as many as 100,000 homes—or 250,000 to 300,000 people—were ordered to boil their tap water for at least a minute before [...]

New Wastewater Plant Inaugurated in Quebec

Posted on August 25, 2014
Saint-Cécile-de-Whitton. Credit: Claude Lefebvre. A new wastewater treatment plant in the Saint-Samuel-Station district of Saint-Cécile-de-Whitton, Quebec, was inaugurated on August 23. A number of government officials were on hand to mark the occasion and to announce that $2,817,800 was contributed to the project under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Québec (BCF-Q). An additional $437,019 was also invested through the Federal Gas Tax Fund and Government of Quebec’s Contribution (TECQ). “Completion of this priority project is an important investment for the future of the municipality, and more [...]

New Phosphorus Technology Introduced in Quebec

Posted on July 21, 2014
Premier Tech Aqua (PTA) has announced a new technology that can help clean lakes and watercourses of phosphorous and control blue-green algae blooms. The announcement comes in response to provincial regulations in Québec. The phosphorous removal and disinfection wastewater treatment chain is certified by the Bureau de normalization du Québec (BNQ), and can produce an effluent matching all provincial regulations. The system consists of the DpEC Self-Cleaning Phosphorous Removal Unit and a sand filter kit. It is the second phosphorus and disinfection septic system developed by PTA and certified by the BNQ. The new system answers [...]

Chelsea Water Projects Given Green Light

Posted on July 14, 2014
The Municipality of Chelsea in eastern Québec has been given the green light to begin construction on new wastewater and potable water systems for its Centre-Village sector. The project will address pollution and potable water issues that have plagued the community for decades. The Ministère des affaires municipals et de l’occupation de territoire (MAMOT) gave its approval of the $23-million project on July 10. Approval has been delayed for several years after complaints were made in 2012 to both the MAMOT and the Directeur general des élections (DGE) regarding the referendum process for borrowing bylaws connected to the project [...]

Mayors Push for Better Protection of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin

Posted on April 4, 2014
Several Canadian mayors visited Parliament Hill on April 3, 2014 to make a case for better protection of the bodies of water for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Day. Notable politicians in attendance included U.S. embassy Chargé d’affaires Richard Sanders, federal opposition leader Thomas Mulcair, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. A number of members of Parliament from the three major parties also met with the mayors to bring attention to urgent issues facing shoreline communities and the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. “Mayors are in Ottawa today [...]

Quebec Invests in Source Water Protection

Posted on October 25, 2013
Quebec provincial government has announced a $25,000 contribution to the Agro-Futur Matane organization, which operates in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The investment will go towards efforts to reduce the risk of source water contamination through agricultural practices in the municipality of Saint-Luce. The financial assistance comes through the province’s Prime-Vert program. A St-Luce nursery. Photo: Ministère des Ressources naturelles “It is essential to take all necessary means to protect sources of drinking water and to ensure that agricultural activities are conducted in full respect of the environment,” said Minister [...]
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