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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 [...]

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 [...]

Ontario First Nations Take Water Plight to the United Nations

Posted on February 25, 2016
Three northwestern Ontario First Nations have taken their plight for safe drinking water to an international authority. Representatives from Grassy Narrows, Shoal Lake 40, and Neskantaga First Nation took to Geneva, Switzerland on Monday to present their cases to the United Nations committee on economic, social and cultural rights (CESCR), which is currently reviewing Canada’s record on human rights. None of the First Nations that met with CESCR have access to safe drinking water and their cases argue that Canada’s reluctance to act on indigenous water issues is a violation of several human rights under the International Covenant [...]

National Survey Shows that Two-Thirds of Canadians Believe They Are Covered for Flood Protection

Posted on February 23, 2016
A new national survey of  home owners shows that two-thirds of Canadians believe that flood protection is included in their home insurance plans. The survey, conducted by Vancouver-based Square One Insurance Services Inc. demonstrates that most Canadians are unaware of their exposure to floods, and incorrectly believe flood protection is included in home insurance policies. The survey results (that polled 1,500 Canadians) showed that this belief is most widely held in Manitoba and Quebec, where 69 per cent of those interviewed incorrectly assumed that they were covered for flood protection. Saskatchewan had the greatest awareness [...]

Calgary Study Sparks Fluoride Drinking Water Debate

Posted on February 21, 2016
The City of Calgary's fluoride debate erupted again this week following the release of a study published on Wednesday in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, that shows that tooth decay in children in Calgary has increased since the city stopped adding fluoride to drinking water. The study has rekindled discussions over the benefits and risks to public health, caused by fluoride in drinking water. Despite a body of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness and safety of fluoridation of drinking water—particularly children, and families that cannot afford regular dental care—public fears about overexposure [...]

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Makes Recommendations For the 2016 Federal Budget

Posted on February 19, 2016
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released its 2016 Federal Budget submission this week, proposing solutions and a strong partnership with the federal government to solve national challenges. The budget submission lays out a plan for investments in public transit, affordable housing, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The submission highlights the importance of prioritizing upgrades to local wastewater treatment facilities deemed high risk and requiring action by 2020 under new federal regulations, and expanding upon the Green Infrastructure Fund. "Budget 2016 is a potential turning point, when we shift [...]

Water Well Represented in Government of Canada's Canada Research Chairs

Posted on February 9, 2016
On February 9th, the Government of Canada announced 305 newly appointed and renewed Canada Research Chairs from a range of fields and disciplines, including water research. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the announcement while visiting The University of British Columbia. “I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to the latest new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The Government of Canada is proud to support these elite researchers who improve our depth of knowledge, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of our highly skilled workforce,” said Duncan. New [...]

2015 LEED Numbers Show Steady Growth in Green Building

Posted on February 8, 2016
Across Canada, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system is becoming the most widely accepted standard for high efficiency and environmentally responsible design. In 2015, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a steady increase in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, a result of green building’s growing impact as one of the most effective solutions to climate change. A total of 527 LEED projects certified between January 1 and December 31, bringing the grand total of certified projects in Canada to 2,576—a total of 34,054,312 million square meters of [...]

Action Canada Makes Recommendations For Groundwater Management

Posted on February 7, 2016
One third of the residents in Ontario, everyone in PEI, and 80 per cent of rural residents in Canada depend on groundwater for their daily personal use, yet very little data is recorded on groundwater supply, or its depletion. In a new report entitled,"Our Groundwater, Our Future – From Data to Innovation," Action Canada makes recommendations for municipal, provincial and territorial, and federal governments to reduce the uncertainty of groundwater supplies and achieve coordinated action in order to sustainably manage the resource. The recommendations target the specific actions necessary to establish a national regulatory framework [...]

FCM Announces 2016 Sustainable Communities Award Recipient for Water

Posted on January 21, 2016
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards, showcasing the very best in local environmental practices, including water management. The awards acknowledge Canada's municipalities as drivers of innovation, delivering local actions that lead to national results. Municipalities were recognized for delivering innovative solutions in the following six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste, and water. This year, award-winning projects include an odour-free facility to turn wastewater into high-quality reclaimed water and class-A [...]
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