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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Researchers Develop New Tool To Assess Aging Water Infrastructure For Small Communities

Posted on February 21, 2016
UBC researchers have developed a tool that is designed to help small to medium-sized cities and towns address the challenges posed by aging drinking water infrastructure in Canada. The tool, developed by Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq, both civil engineering professors at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, helps municipal water system operators and managers better understand the state of their infrastructure. Tesfamariam explained that, “While larger cities like Vancouver or Toronto have access to budgets, engineers, and sophisticated data collection systems, smaller centres often have a single person [...]

Early-Stage Clean-Tech Firms Get A Shot At $100M At GLOBE 2016

Posted on February 1, 2016
Clean-tech firms with early-stage technologies that could be used in the oil and gas industry have a chance to pitch their goods in a Dragon's Den-style pitch session on Thursday, March 3 during GLOBE 2016, in Vancouver. The pitch session is hosted by Evok Innovations—a new partnership between Cenovus and Suncor and the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance that aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of solutions to the most pressing environmental and economic challenges. Evok Innovations was launched in early 2016. Among its missions and goals, Evok Innovations will invest in technologies to "eliminate the need for water [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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