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Ontario's Craft Brewers Get Serious About Sustainable Water Management Solutions

Posted on January 19, 2016
One small but rapidly growing and thriving industry in Ontario is taking steps to reduce its impact on the environment and improve the bottom-line, by adopting eco-friendly business practices. Craft brewers, opening up almost weekly across the province to meet a booming thirst for small-batched brewed beer, are as proud of their grassroots ideals as they are for their homegrown beverages. "Traditional brewing styles are rooted in sustainability," said Steve Beauchesne, owner of Beau's Brewery in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. "It's built on a foundation that understands resources are precious. The craft beer industry has really taken [...]

David Suzuki and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Visit Site C Dam Protestors

Posted on January 15, 2016
Environmentalist David Suzuki and Grand Chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip took to northeastern British Columbia to show support for a group of protestors opposing the development of the Site C dam. The visit was intended to draw attention to about a dozen protestors camped out for weeks at the Rocky Mountain Fort, the site of a historic fur-trading post, in Peace River Valley. The $9 billion dam will create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and flood the area where the protesters are camping. According to a news release from BC Hydro, the project will create thousands of jobs for the province and meet long [...]

Upgrades to Drinking Water System in Saint-Fortunat, Quebec Aim To End Boil Water Advisory

Posted on January 15, 2016
Combined funds from all three levels of government will deliver over $700,000 to the Municipality of Saint-Fortunat for upgrades to the drinking water treatment and supply system. The municipality has been under a permanent boil-water advisory since 2002. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Pablo Rodriguez and Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Laurent Lessard, made the announcement on January 15, 2016. The community will receive $205,344 from the federal Gas Tax Fund and $502,392 from the Quebec Municipal Infrastructure Program. The project involves upgrading the drinking water [...]

Prime Minister Trudeau Announced $12 Million for Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Posted on January 14, 2016
A hundred or so excited students screamed as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau entered the room of the Science Teaching Complex at the University of Waterloo to deliver a funding announcement of $12 million towards the Southern Ontario Water Consortium. "By investing in groups like the Southern Ontario Water Consortium we're investing in our economy, we're investing in our environment, we've investing in our communities but above all, we're investing in our future," Trudeau said. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) connects companies with academic, government, and non-government partners and facilities to help them develop [...]

Quebec Researchers Secure Patent for Wastewater Technology For Micro-Pollutants

Posted on January 13, 2016
A U.S. patent was recently awarded jointly to Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) for a system and a process that remove emerging micro-pollutants from industrial wastewater. In preliminary studies the patented membrane bioreactor system eliminated 99 per cent of bisphenol-A (BPA) and other compounds in heavily contaminated wastewater. BPA, which is used in the manufacture of plastics, is a micro-pollutant thought to disrupt various physiological mechanisms. The system is designed for installation at factory outlets to treat wastewater at the source and can also [...]

B.C. Municipal Leaders Weigh In On Shawnigan Lake Controversy

Posted on January 11, 2016
Victoria city councillor Jeremy Loveday has submitted a motion calling on the British Columbia government revoke a permit to allow five million tons of contaminated soil and ash to be landfilled in an abandoned quarry land near Shawnigan Lake based on the precautionary principle. Loveday posted a comment about the motion last week on his Twitter account two days after 500 concerned citizens rallied at a protest at the South Island Resource Management site.             The motion cites significant "conflicting hydrogeological and technical opinions about the risk the facility [...]

Residents of White Rock Protest Chloramine in Drinking Water Treatment

Posted on January 10, 2016
Residents of White Rock, British Columbia are calling on the municipality to suspend its plans to use chloramine in drinking water treatment until further study and public consultation can be pursued. Citing concerns about the health and environmental effects, the concerned citizens have organized a rally outside city hall to make their voices heard. “Chloramine has numerous health effects, especially on seniors and young children. The vapours from showers go directly into your lungs and decrease your blood’s ability to carry oxygen,” said Garry Wilgemuth a member of the Rock City Water Alliance, one of the groups petitioning [...]

Manitoba Climate Risk Management Review Makes Recommendations for Agriculture

Posted on January 8, 2016
A provincially-appointed task force in Manitoba has released its recommendations on ways the industry can prepare for climate-related risks, including drought and floods. The task force, comprised of industry stakeholders, provided 25 recommendations on how agricultural risk management needs to evolve to grow a competitive industry as it copes with a changing climate.  Over the past year, it has reviewed research and met with producers, scientists, insurance providers and others invested in agriculture and climate-change preparedness. The recommendations put forward include: Sharing elevation and water-management data to [...]

Governor General Honours Water Leaders Through Appointments to The Order of Canada

Posted on January 6, 2016
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 69 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include three Canadians who have contributed greatly to promoting water sustainability in Canada and abroad. Wade Davis, C.M. from Bowen Island, British Columbia, was awarded for his efforts to promote conservation and for his work as a writer and scholar. Davis, best known for his work among indigenous societies worldwide, has served as National Geographic Society’s Explorer-in-Residence since 1999. He is the author of several best-selling books, and has published widely on [...]

Shifts in Water Temperature, Availability Could Mean Less Electricity

Posted on January 6, 2016
A recent study on the effects of climate change on hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants shows the disruption of water resources could have a harsh impact on electricity production. Change in water temperatures and a decrease of streamflows will lead to a reduction of electricity for more than half of the world’s power plants in 15 years, said the study from the journal Nature Climate Change. A thermoelectric plant depends on freshwater to cool its systems, while hydropower plants need water to move turbines and generate energy. According to the study, together these two power-generation systems contribute to approximately [...]

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