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Technological Exploits

Posted on October 7, 2011

What happens when you send a small, non-human explorer into the wild current of a river? Artist Liss Platt wanted to know.

When the art gallery at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland put out a call for proposals for its annual Art Ex festival, media artist Liss Platt answered. The theme, River As Source, piqued her interest. Having never been to Newfoundland, she started by asking [...]

Time to Backtrack

Posted on October 3, 2011
Written by Saul Chernos

Legacy mining projects have been linked to environmental and health problems. Now, companies are trying to clean up their acts.

Growing up near Elliot Lake, Ontario, Lorraine Rekmans remembers picking berries near Elliot Lake. A band member of Serpent River First Nation, Rekman’s maternal grandparents lived on the reserve and hunted, trapped, fished, and gathered much of the food they ate. Then, in the 1950s, a few years before [...]

Nothing But Hs and Os

Posted on September 26, 2011
Written by Laura Brooks

Bringing water to its purest state is vital for the high-tech and health industries.

From pharmaceuticals to microchips, more than a dozen industries use ultra-pure water in their manufacturing processes. How do these industries deal with bacteria, particles, and organic and inorganic sources of contamination? Strict standards The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guides the purification [...]

Light Shower Towers

Posted on September 7, 2011

Toronto’s new park attempts to bring water back into the public realm.

Toronto’s newest stormwater system is breathtaking. Housed in the pavilion basement at Sherbourne Common, a new park in the city’s rapidly developing East Bayfront area, the treatment facility cleans collected storm and lake water with ultraviolet (UV) light. The treated water is then sent underground [...]

Interview: Robert Tremblay

Posted on August 22, 2011

Due to increasingly severe weather and precipitation, water damage accounts for $1.7 billion in insurance claims per year on a national scale and now surpasses fire-related claims, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). That shift to first place was the main driver for the Wingham [...]

How-To Strategies

Posted on August 8, 2011
Written by Bob Walker and David Van Vliet

Projecting the impact of climate change.

Canada’s water resources scientists and engineers generally agree that climate change will have an impact on our water; however, we have not incorporated climate change assessments into many of our water management efforts. Will the water levels in the Great Lakes decline? Will the rivers of the Prairies [...]

European State of Mind

Posted on July 25, 2011
Written by Nancy Goucher and Émilie Lagacé

What can Canada learn from the EU’s water governance structure?

Looking at a map of Canada’s many lakes and rivers may give the impression of a secure water future, but it’s a false sense of security. What the map doesn’t show: dropping water levels in the Great Lakes, cities in the dry west facing regular water shortages, and a Lake Winnipeg clogged with algae [...]

Abandoned Utilities

Posted on July 17, 2011
Written by Melissa Keith

When raising the bar means losing the service.

Canadian cities may be booming, but according to Statistics Canada’s findings, smaller communities are experiencing a widespread drop in population. In Nova Scotia, the rural-urban gap has widened immensely since 1851, when 93 per cent of provincial residents inhabited rural areas. In 2006, only 45 [...]

Heating Up

Posted on July 11, 2011
Written by Craig Saunders

NASA’s data says Canada’s lakes are getting warmer, fast. What does that mean for their ecosystems?

Canadian lakes, like those in other northern regions, are warming up faster than lakes further south, according to satellite data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. That could have serious implications for fisheries and water systems. The study used infrared imaging to monitor nighttime surface [...]

Web Sense

Posted on July 4, 2011

British Columbia is working toward an open government using a suite of new and traditional tools--and it's testing it on its new water policy.

The concept of transparency in government isn’t a new thing, but theory is always easier than practice. Just think of how the term “public consultation” strikes fear into the hearts of many a consulting engineer, urban planner, and senior policy advisor. Part of the challenge is simply getting [...]
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