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Reflecting on Canada’s Water on World Water Day

Posted on March 20, 2015
Written by Alex Mifflin
The Water Brothers Tyler and Alex Mifflin. Photo Credit: The Water Brothers World Water Day is always an exciting time for my brother and me. We usually launch the new season of our TV series around this time, we speak with students at school assemblies, and the big media outlets will sometimes set aside a few moments to give a well-deserved—but all too brief—shout-out to that clear liquid that happens to support every living thing on Earth. World Water Day is the time to reflect on how fortunate we Canadians are to have clean water coming out [...]

Ontario Needs Smart Water Infrastructure Investments

Posted on March 20, 2015
Written by Brent Wootton
Last week, Ministers Leal and Duguid announced that the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) has approved 78 projects under application-based funding. Water infrastructure projects accounted for nearly $60 million of these funds, and the investment is welcome. Amid crumbling assets and growing populations, many municipalities are currently facing a shortage of funds. This shot in the arm for rural communities is making a significant difference, but Ontario’s municipalities are realizing they must do more with less. They must ensure safe and [...]

John Oliver Slams America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Posted on March 2, 2015
Watch John Oliver spotlight crumbling infrastructure on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, eviscerating the state of America’s water assets, dams, and bridges. http://youtu.be/Wpzvaqypav8 [...]

What is AquaHacking?

Posted on February 20, 2015
AquaHacking is the first of a series of events that will address the preservation and restoration of regional waterways in Canada. Defined as a “stimulating get-together in which technology is put to work for water,” the event will bring hackers together to develop real-life solutions for water problems in a designated region. Water Canada talked to Katherine Adams, the director of AquaHacking, about the inspiration for the event, its goals, and just how technology and computer specialists can contribute to solutions for water issues. Water Canada: What [...]

VIDEO: Ask the Expert: Todd Latham, Actual Media Inc., on Covering Water

Posted on February 19, 2015
Partners in Project Green sat down recently with Water Canada's publisher, Todd Latham, to discuss his philosophy and approach, and to get his take on current issues in water resources management. http://youtu.be/WmsViQSPR8s http://youtu.be/1KLW6hs1bLQ http://youtu.be/2qTXcZpa3BM For more videos from this series, click here. [...]

City Profile: Kamloops Captures Valuable Biogas from Anaerobic Digestion

Posted on February 19, 2015
Written by Darin Evans
The City of Kamloops, located in the interior of British Columbia along the scenic Thompson River, operates a wastewater treatment plant that serves a population of more than 80,000 people. The plant treats a daily flow of 40,000 cubic metres (10 mgd), a number which is expected to increase to 60,000 cubic metres(16 mgd). Insulated floating gas collection cover at the City of Kamloops. Credit: Geomembrane Technologies Inc. As part of Kamloops’ Liquid Waste Management Plan, the city was seeking ways to improve its wastewater treatment process. This [...]

Join Us at the Water’s Next Gala Award Dinner in Vancouver!

Posted on February 17, 2015
The Water’s Next Gala Award Dinner, which will take place following the 2015 Canadian Water Summit on June 25 in Vancouver, is now accepting sponsorships. Sponsorship inquiries may be directed to Associate Publisher of Water Canada, Lee Scarlett, who can be reached by phone at 416-315-2042, or by email at lee@watercanada.net. The Water’s Next awards honour the achievements of individuals and companies that have successfully worked to change our national water culture while providing guidance and inspiring others in the local and international water [...]

Engineered Against Flooding

Posted on February 10, 2015
Written by Lawrence Arcand and Ophir Wainer
In August 2005, Southern Ontario experienced one of the largest storms it had since Hurricane Hazel. More than 150 millimeters of rainfall in a two-hour period—it was in excess of a one-in-a-100-years storm. Large areas were flooded and many houses experienced sewer backup and many roads were impassable. Most areas affected were built in the 1960s. After this unprecedented event, the City of Toronto took the steps of initiating the Basement Flooding Protection Program. Flood events since then, most notably in July 2013, have resulted in additional flooding [...]

Interview: John St. Marseille

Posted on December 22, 2014
Water Canada spoke with the City of Cornwall's General Manager of Infrastructure and Municipal Works, John St. Marseille, about the city's urban water management strategy, the Blueprint Initiative. St. Marseille has been with the city since July 2013 and has more than 20 years experience as a consulting engineer. WC: Tell us a little bit about this Blueprint Initiative. JSM: I've been with the City of Cornwall since July 2013. Ironically, I started on July 3, and we had a one in 100 year flood on July 8, which was the second in a three year period [...]

VIDEO: Raw Sewage Enters New Brunswick's Petitcodiac River

Posted on December 16, 2014
The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance shares this video footage of raw sewage entering New Brunswick's Petitcodiac River. The video was taken on December 10, 2014. For more on this story, click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijI5WQt_t2o Share your thoughts in the comments! [...]
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