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Clearford Water Systems Wins Award For Innovative Financing Model

Posted on March 14, 2016
Clearford Water Systems Inc. has won the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association's 2016 Corporate Innovation Award, at OOWA's 17th Annual Conference held in Kingston last week. The award was presented to Clearford in recognition of its innovative Pay for Performance (P4P) financing model. "The Pay for Performance financing model is a welcomed innovation to the wastewater infrastructure community," said OOWA's president Rick Esselment, "By bringing a financing component to the Clearford One packaged solution, Clearford continues to lead in developing innovative decentralized communal wastewater collection & treatment systems in Ontario," [...]

Warm Winter Could Lead to Floods and Fires in Saskatchewan

Posted on March 13, 2016
University of Saskatchewan climate change expert, John Pomeroy, says that Saskatchewan is vulnerable to extreme weather events, including floods and wildfires, after an unseasonably warm winter. Pomeroy, who is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, told the News Talk 650 CKOM that southern Saskatchewan was five degrees above normal during the month of February. "To be five degrees above normal in winter can be much more pleasant, but as a result, we don't have a spring snowpack over much of the southern province," Pomeroy said. He [...]

City of Mississauga's New Stormwater Charge To Appear on Bills in March

Posted on March 13, 2016
The City of Mississauga's new stormwater levy will begin to appear on Region of Peel water bills for Mississauga properties in March. The stormwater charge amount that will appear on the bill is based on the daily rate for the property, applied since January 1, 2016. "The City of Mississauga owns $1.97 billion in stormwater infrastructure that needs to be properly maintained,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This is why Council approved a stormwater charge which is a new, dedicated source of funding that will be added to the Region of Peel water bill beginning in 2016. We are taking responsibility and investing more money in our [...]

British Columbia's Water Sustainability Act Comes Into Effect

Posted on March 7, 2016
On February 29, 2016, the government of British Columbia brought the new Water Sustainability Act  into force along with a first phase of regulations. The Water Sustainability Act updates and replaces the old B.C. Water Act and delivers on the government's commitment to groundwater and surface water security. The Act and new regulations are designed to help protect water flows for ecosystems and fish and include new and improved requirements for groundwater use and licensing, well construction and maintenance, dam safety, and compliance. Key changes include new licensing requirements for non-domestic groundwater use such as [...]

Canadian Neighbourhood Takes Gold for World's Best Tap Water

Posted on March 7, 2016
A small neighbourhood in Abbotsford, B.C. has the best municipal tap water in world. Clearbrook won gold at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in West Virginia on February 27, 2016. Municipalities and companies competed in several categories including best tap, bottled and sparkling water. The waters were rated for attributes such as appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste. Judges tasted hundreds of waters from 18 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and five foreign countries. Clearbrook took first among municipalities in what organizers called the “biggest water competition in the world.” In [...]

B.C. Supreme Court Rules to Remove Site C Protestors

Posted on March 7, 2016
The movement to stop the development of a hydroelectric dam in northeastern British Columbia has hit a roadblock, as the Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled to remove protestors who’ve been camped out at the site since November. Justice G. Bruce Butler of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is “contrary to the public interest” to allow protestors to shut down work at the Site C dam, The Canadian Press reported. Both the provincial and federal governments have already approved the dam. “The rule of law requires that when the processes have been followed and been completed, as they have in this case, those [...]

Government of New Brunswick Begins Water Strategy Engagement

Posted on March 6, 2016
The Government of New Brunswick has invited the public, stakeholders, and First Nations to provide input and to participate in public meetings to gather perspectives towards the development of a new provincial water strategy for ground and surface water. The objective of the public engagement strategy is to provide an overview of New Brunswick’s water resources and some of the programs and initiatives currently in place.  A discussion paper entitled, "Working Together to Build a Water Strategy for New Brunswick," and a questionnaire have been provided, to gain public feedback on several questions: When you think about [...]

Actual Media Announces Nick Reid as New Managing Partner

Posted on March 6, 2016
Todd Latham, president of Actual Media Inc., is proud to announce that Nick Reid has joined the firm as a shareholder and managing partner. Nick will take a leadership role with Actual Media’s water-related publications and events, specifically Water Canada, the Water’s Next Awards, and the Canadian Water Summit. His depth of management experience and industry engagement will also assist Actual Media to further develop its creative agency business and strong role in the infrastructure space with ReNew Canada magazine and the Top100 Projects publications and events. "Nick will help us grow the water segments of the business [...]

Alberta Innovates/SDTC Launch Joint Call for Expressions of Interest for Water Technology Projects

Posted on March 2, 2016
Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) have launched a joint call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Water Technology Projects. Through this EOI, AI-EES and SDTC are offering applicants a streamlined, harmonized model to access two pools of money through one application. Collectively, there is $8 million available, with a maximum of $1,000,000 per project. The ratio for matching funds (67 per cent) is more than an applicant could typically access through separate SDTC or AI-EES processes. Eligible projects: Pre-commercial water related technologies [...]

Greater Sudbury Receives $2.3-million Grant For Watershed Studies

Posted on February 29, 2016
The City of Greater Sudbury has received a $2.3 million boost from the province to better protect its vast water resources and preserve the natural environment through watershed research. The provincial grant will be used by the city to complete nine watershed studies over two years to assess the health of several Sudbury-area watersheds and make recommendations for their care. Specifically, the studies will make recommendations to: Develop best management practices to reduce erosion, prevent flooding and maintain or improve water quality Produce a strategy for preserving or enhancing the natural environment Establish a framework [...]
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