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Government of Canada Commits to Partnership to Construct Shoal Lake Freedom Road

Posted on December 18, 2015
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced this week that the Government of Canada will be an equal partner with the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to ensure Shoal Lake No. 40 First Nation constructs Freedom Road. Minister Bennett aid that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will match the Province of Manitoba's and the City of Winnipeg's commitments to fund one-third of the estimated $30 million project to construct an approximately 24-kilometre all-season road from Shoal Lake No. 40 First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba. The announcement was made at a meeting [...]

Mount Polley Mining Corp. Receives Short-Term Discharge Permit

Posted on December 1, 2015
The Government of British Columbia has approved Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s application for a short-term permit to treat and then discharge water outside a secondary tailings impoundment. The permit was ordered because it is estimated that, under normal precipitation conditions, water levels in pit will reach permitted capacity in April 2016. The short-term water treatment and discharge permit will allow the company to treat water and discharged it into Hazeltine Creek, into a sediment pond, and eventually the treated water will discharge below the surface of Quesnel Lake. Final approval was made by a statutory decision [...]

Manitoba Commits To Building Road To Shoal Lake

Posted on November 26, 2015
Families living on the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation are another step closer to gaining all-season road access, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson announced today, as he introduced proposed legislation which would expand the mandate of the Manitoba East Side Road Authority (ESRA) to include building Freedom Road. “Today is a historic day for the families of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. By taking on this construction project we will dramatically change the way of living for people living there,” said Minister Robinson. “It’s not just about all-season road access, it’s about jobs and opportunities and everything [...]

Alberta Boosts Funding for Municipal Clean Water Systems

Posted on November 20, 2015
Today the Alberta government announced that Budget 2015 will invest $545 million over five years towards water infrastructure in municipalities across Alberta. Over five years, Water for Life funding will increase by $100 million and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership will increase by $70 million. “I am very proud that our government developed a budget that strongly invests in municipalities across Alberta,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation. “We strongly believe that reliable access to high quality drinking water and wastewater treatment systems is crucial to building strong, healthy communities [...]

Water Featured Prominently in Manitoba Throne Speech

Posted on November 18, 2015
This week, Manitoba's NDP government delivered a pre-election throne speech from the government outlining its forward-looking plans for investments to meet the needs of of a fast-growing province—including many commitments related to water. “Our province is growing and we need to make sure that we plan strategically now for this growth,” said Premier Selinger. Highlights of the speech included: Extending the province’s core infrastructure plan by three years to investing $10 billion beyond 2020 for strategic infrastructure projects throughout the province; Investing in new roads connecting First Nation communities [...]

Alberta Municipal Benchmarking Project Releases Water Services Report

Posted on November 18, 2015
A benchmarking program undertaken by 10 municipalities in Alberta has proved to be an invaluable exercise, say participating CAOs that will benefit all of Alberta’s local governments. The Alberta Municipal Benchmarking Initiative released the report on Water Services this week—the first of 10 core service area reports. The information sets the stage for each municipality to identify trends, establish priorities, and effect positive change in the delivery of water services to their residents. The program was supported by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Regional Collaboration Program. “This initiative is an excellent example [...]

Nanaimo Water Treatment Plant Runs $1.5M Over Budget

Posted on November 10, 2015
Nanaimo’s state-of-the-art water treatment plant project could run $1.5 million over budget, according to the city's water resource manager. The municipality is in the final months of construction of the new $71-million filtration system that has capacity to treat up to 116 million litres per day to meet population projections. The Nanaimo News Bulletin reported that higher-than-expected construction expenses and the province's transition from HST back to PST and GST are blamed for the added expense. Construction began two years ago, prompted by new requirements by the provincial health authority that the city increase disinfection [...]

Alberta Invests Nearly $450 Million to Protect Calgary From Severe Flooding

Posted on November 2, 2015
The Alberta government has announced a funding commitment for new flood protection measures along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. The measures are intended to protect Calgarians and upstream communities from the type of severe flooding that occurred in June 2013. The province has committed $297 million as well as $150 million of dedicated funding over 10 years to the City of Calgary for local projects through the Alberta Community Resilience Program. Flood mitigation projects were selected based on the advice of independent experts in flood protection. The specific projects include: Building the Springbank off-stream reservoir; Funding [...]

Manitoba Doubles Budget to Fight Zebra Mussels

Posted on November 1, 2015
The Manitoba government announced this week that it will double its investment in inspections, enforcement, and public education to help limit the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species in Lake Winnipeg. The investments will include additional funding for decontamination and watercraft inspection staff to help the public reduce the spread and transportation of zebra mussels. Further resources will be allocated for detection and monitoring, and the creation of a special research fund for science specific to Manitoba’s waters and technology used to prevent as well as adapt to the presence of zebra mussels. The [...]

City of White Rock Acquires Local Water Utility

Posted on November 1, 2015
The municipality of White Rock, British Columbia has acquired ownership and operation of its local water utility from EPCOR, following regulatory approvals from Fraser Health Authority and the British Columbia Comptroller of Water Rights, and the consent of the City of Surrey. EPCOR purchased the privately-owned and operated White Rock Utilities water assets on May 1, 2005. In June 2013, the municipal council voted unanimously to direct the chief administrative officer to acquire title to the water utility. The city’s desire to purchase the utility assets arose out of an interest by the city council and administration to own [...]

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