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Quebec Designates Ottawa River a Heritage River

Posted on August 21, 2017
Today, the Quebec portion of the Ottawa River has been designated a Canadian Heritage River, joining the Ontario portion in this designation. The Ottawa River's designation as a Heritage River recognizes the river's outstanding cultural heritage value, including its significance to Indigenous Peoples, its history as an important trade and transportation route, and its continued importance to many communities and businesses in both Ontario and Quebec. “I would like to thank the governments of Quebec and Ontario for recognizing the incredible history of the Ottawa River and for their commitment to working with the federal government [...]

Water at the NAFTA Table

Posted on August 21, 2017
As the first round of NAFTA negotiations wrap-up, there have been no signs that water is on Minister Chrystia Freeland’s agenda. Ralph Pentland spoke to Water Canada about what and how we might expect water to come to the table. Currently a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), Ralph Pentland was the director of the Water Planning and Management branch of Environment Canada from 1978 to 1991. Since then, Pentland has had ongoing involvement in efforts to manage trans-boundary waters. Water Canada asked him how Canada's water might come to the NAFTA trade table. “During the free trade debates of 1987–88, the [...]

Treaty #3 Communities Receive Federal Support for Water

Posted on August 21, 2017
The federal government has committed $1.2 million to end long-term drinking water advisories in 8 Treaty #3 communities. Last week, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced the investments through Budget 2016, which will support eight water infrastructure projects in eight First Nations in Treaty No. 3 and help ensure that their residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. “Today's announcement will ensure that residents from Treaty 3 will be able to turn on their taps and drink clean, safe water,” said Minister Bennett. “This is an example of what can be achieved when we work in full [...]

N.B. Continues to Improve Water Quality & Infrastructure

Posted on August 21, 2017
On Friday, New Brunswick provided details on water quality related projects, including infrastructure upgrades and wetland assessments. After preliminary work, two projects upgrading wastewater infrastructure are set to begin this fall in Shediac and Pointe-du-Chêne. “Investments in wastewater treatment infrastructure are essential to maintaining clean waterways and a healthy environment,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle. The projects in Shediac include the renewal of a lift station on Wayne Street and the addition of a standby generator. Other standby generators will be installed at lift stations [...]

Sask. Increases Access to Water Recreation in Prov. Parks

Posted on August 18, 2017
Saskatchewan provincial parks are expanding their beach wheelchair program, increasing access to water recreation for park users with mobility challenges. The beach wheelchair program in Saskatchewan’s provincial parks that was launched earlier this year and proved extremely popular, said the province. There are now ten chairs across the province, doubling the number of beach wheelchairs available to park visitors. “I am proud to announce that we have added five chairs to the beach wheelchair program in our parks, doubling the total number of chairs available,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “Everyone [...]

B.C. Appoints Expert to Review Pollution in Hullcar Aquifer

Posted on August 18, 2017
An independent expert has been appointed to oversee the review of pollution in B.C.’s Hullcar Aquifer. Oliver Brandes, the co-director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, an independent, respected national water and governance expert has been commissioned to support the review of the pollution. Brandes will provide strategic advice and oversee aspects of the review. He will also lead a team that will make recommendations to Heyman that will ensure that best practices for the agricultural sector are aligned with the goal of ensuring safe, clean drinking water [...]

Lystek Signs Multi-Year Biosolids Contract

Posted on August 18, 2017
Cambridge, Ontario’s Lystek International Ltd. has been awarded a multi-year contract by the City of Petaluma for Diversified Reuse of Biosolids. Under the terms of the agreement, Lystek will accept Class B biosolids generated in Petaluma and convert them into LysteGro®, a US EPA, Class A EQ (Exceptional Quality) biofertilizer product at its 150,000 ton, state-of-the-art, Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in California (OMRC-FSSD). Opened in August 2016, the OMRC-FSSD is now celebrating its first full year of successful operations in this unique, P3-style partnership, and [...]

Vancouver Provides Free Waste Removal to Improve Water Quality

Posted on August 17, 2017
The City of Vancouver and the Park Board have launched a free mobile pump-out service in False Creek to increase access to sewage disposal facilities and help improve water quality. The free pilot service will come directly to boats in False Creek to empty their sewage tanks, making it easier for boaters to pump, not dump, their waste. “False Creek is a fantastic public amenity with tremendous potential to be an urban oasis for boaters, kayakers, and other year-round recreational users,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We all have a part to play in keeping False Creek clean and helping realize its potential. I encourage all [...]

Ontario Invests in Partnerships to Quell Invasive Species

Posted on August 17, 2017
Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, were in Peterborough yesterday to announce a number of new investments in programs to combat invasive species on behalf of the Ontario government. New investments this year include: Support for the Invasive Species Centre's work to further research into new biological control agents for phragmites and dog-strangling vine. Additional support for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Invading Species Awareness Program—which is marking its 25th anniversary—to strengthen the reporting invading species hotline, online [...]

FCM President's Statement on Infrastructure Investment

Posted on August 17, 2017
Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Deputy Mayor of Winnipeg, issued the following statement after addressing delegates at the 2017 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference on infrastructure priorities, water systems, and climate change: I was pleased to meet with municipal leaders from across Ontario this week to discuss our shared challenges and opportunities on the road ahead. That includes unlocking the tremendous potential of the most recent federal budget, for Ontarians and for all of Canadians. Federal Budget 2017 makes unprecedented commitments to municipal priorities [...]
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