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As a part of Ontario’s action on Climate Change, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science has announced the opening of the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) Technology Validation Stream. The Technology Validation Stream (Stream 1) will support Ontario companies or eligible academic organizations with proof of concept and/or prototype…

November 16, 2017 @ 5:25pm

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is now accepting applications to its 2018 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. This is the 13th year for the program, providing $300,000 to water projects in the Okanagan. The grants are distributed according to the percentage of tax each region pays…

November 15, 2017 @ 11:32am

Federation of Canadian Municipalities president Jenny Gerbasi issued the following statement after leading Canada's municipal delegation at the COP23 climate change conference, hosted by Fiji with meetings held in Bonn, Germany. "At home and on the international stage, Canada's local leaders are strengthening the global movement for climate action. Since…

November 14, 2017 @ 10:31am

Canada and Quebec have invested in a project to improve the safety of public infrastructure in Lac-Saguay Français by refitting a flood control dam. David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced that the governments will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading…

November 13, 2017 @ 10:08am

The City of Surrey, British Columbia has received $624,200 for new climate change resilience projects, including coastal flooding adaptation programs to help it become more resilient in a changing climate. “The City of Surrey is leading the way in planning for the challenges presented by a changing climate,” said Surrey…

November 09, 2017 @ 2:02pm

The City of Thunder Bay, Ontario has been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) new Climate and Asset Management Network, which is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, Thunder Bay’s admission to…

November 09, 2017 @ 12:39pm

On Wednesday, Nova Scotia’s Auditor General, Michael Pickup, released his report on the environment to the House Assembly, which includes assessments of contaminated sites and climate change. In his initial chapter, Pickup has focused on the contaminated wastewater site at Boat Harbour. The site is the result of the provincial…

November 03, 2017 @ 10:23am

On Friday, Manitoba released its sustainability and climate plan, A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. The plan underscores the importance of water management, making it one of four cornerstones in its green-future planning. Announced by premier Brian Pallister and sustainable development minister Rochelle Squires, the plan is focused on four strategic…

October 30, 2017 @ 11:31am

Thirty Canadian and international institutional investors and pension funds representing approximately CAD $1.2 trillion of assets under management have issued a joint Declaration of Institutional Investors on Climate-Related Financial Risks. The declaration calls on publicly-traded companies in Canada to commit to enhanced disclosure on their exposure to climate risks and the measures they are taking to manage them. Although…

October 27, 2017 @ 11:41am

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jenny Gerbasi, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced funding for 103 initiatives in communities across Canada through two new funding programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP). One MCIP-funded project…

October 19, 2017 @ 12:27pm

University of Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor Kyle Smith and his co-authors have published a study demonstrating the viability of a battery-like technology in the journal Electrochimica Acta, which applies new materials that could make desalination of brackish waters economically desirable and energy efficient. Coastal regions, where the rise of…

October 19, 2017 @ 8:09am

Prince Edward Island is seeking feedback on its provincial climate change adaptation strategy. The University of Prince Edward Island’s (UPEI) Climate Lab created the Prince Edward Island Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations Draft Report after receiving public feedback this summer. Online feedback on the report can be provided at www.princeedwardisland.ca/adaptation before October…

September 27, 2017 @ 12:03pm

Insurance Bureau of Canada has reported that a significant flooding event in Windsor resulted in more than $124 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). From August 28–29, a slow-moving area of low pressure produced significant rainfall over areas of southwestern Ontario. These rains, up to 290 millimetres in some areas, brought major…

September 25, 2017 @ 2:58pm

The premiers of Canada’s three northern territories met in Yellowknife last week to discuss sustainable development in Canada’s north, including the balance of environmental conservation, particularly in the face of climate change, and economic development. Also discussed at length was the need for Indigenous cooperation and the premiers’ support for…

September 05, 2017 @ 11:22am

The Government of British Columbia has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Coldwater River watershed and a Level 3 drought rating for the Salmon River watershed. The province is urging all water users, including residents, industry, farmers, and municipalities, to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The…

August 24, 2017 @ 10:29am

The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize watershed planning. “Our government believes there are tremendous ecological opportunities to improve the future of our province through effective watershed management strategies,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires. “With the development…

August 22, 2017 @ 4:53pm

Following a flurry of announcements regarding former Environment Minister, Glen Murray's resignation and Premier Wynne's subsequent cabinet shuffle, the Pembina Institute announced today that Murray will take the helm as executive director of the Pembina Institute. Chris Ballard was named the new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change this…

July 31, 2017 @ 10:50am

The Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) recently released two documents on the changing environment in Canada’s west, focused on the impacts to water resources. Future Climate Conditions over Western Canada focuses on the work of Dr. Yanping Li and colleagues at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security.…

July 27, 2017 @ 12:24pm

The federal government has announced $6.5 million for wastewater and stormwater management in Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan. Announced by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Don McMorris, MLA for Indian Head-Milestone, and Peggy Chorney, Mayor of the Town of Pilot Butte, the wastewater plant upgrades include new pumping…

July 17, 2017 @ 3:04pm

The City of Toronto has appointed Elliott Cappell as chief resilience officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Toronto prepare for catastrophic events and urban stresses that are increasingly part of 21st century life. As CRO, Cappell reports to City Manager Peter Wallace and…

June 16, 2017 @ 3:30pm

The report, Every Drop Counts, released this week by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, is exactly what’s needed to move the water and wastewater sectors forward, according to stakeholders. Indra Maharjan, program manager, Energy Conservation and Climate Change at Ontario Clean Water Agency said, “I strongly believe this report will…

June 02, 2017 @ 12:22pm

There is an enormous opportunity in the Province of Ontario, to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through the municipal water sector. That is the overarching message of a new report from the Ontario Environment Commissioner, Dianne Saxe's office released this week. While several U.S. studies and one earlier report…

May 31, 2017 @ 11:03am

Yesterday, the city of Kawartha Lakes Council formally launched the Kawartha Lakes Healthy Environment Plan. Since 2016, the City has been working with Partners for Climate Protection, an arm of the FCM that assists municipalities across Canada to design and implement climate change action plans. City partners will work with…

April 19, 2017 @ 11:20am

On Wednesday, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, announced its partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and with representatives from 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation – formally named its first chief resilience officer, Katie McPherson. Through the support of 100RC, McPherson will lead the development of the…

April 06, 2017 @ 11:16am

Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment manager for OMERS, which is the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, has formed a consortium with a Kuwaiti investment firm to purchase a stake in Britain’s Thames Water. The Canadian and Kuwaiti consortium purchased their stakes in the Thames from Australia’s Macquarie Group, which…

March 15, 2017 @ 8:13am

The Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) concluded this week, which focused on regional policies for preventing natural and human-induced hazards, such as those exacerbated by climate change like flood, drought, and wildfire. At RP17, delegates gathered to approve a Regional Action Plan (RAP) to…

March 10, 2017 @ 10:57am

In Canada, overland flooding costs the Canadian economy more than any other kind of natural hazard. It is the single largest draw on the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). In an effort to improve Canada's resiliency to flooding, the federal government has released the first of a series of guidelines…

March 07, 2017 @ 2:50pm

Organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States launched the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI), which has found that incidents of extreme weather have increased threefold from the reference period. The risk measured by the ACI is relative to the average frequencies during the reference period of 1961–1990.…

January 20, 2017 @ 11:54am

The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve. The program, announced Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs…

January 20, 2017 @ 9:16am

Power outages, groundwater contamination, and telecommunications disruptions are the top three climate-change hazards identified by New Brunswick municipalities in a Community Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCCVA) released today by WWF-Canada. For the first time, communities in the St. John River watershed have come together to determine their vulnerabilities to climate change.…

January 19, 2017 @ 10:03am

From the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in May to the floods that devastated parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland over Thanksgiving weekend, severe weather had a huge impact on Canadians in 2016. According to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ), insured damage for 2016 topped $4.9 billion—smashing the previous…

January 09, 2017 @ 8:22am

The Government of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its network of protected areas, including coastal and inland waters, to aide its 2020 biodiversity goals and has announced that it is seeking candidates for a National Advisory Panel on conservation and biodiversity. By 2020, the government of Canada intends to…

December 23, 2016 @ 10:27am

In its most recent newsletter, the Intergovernmental Joint Commission presented an updated assessment of the climate science being done in the Great Lakes basin. The article acts as a follow up to the IJC’s December 2015 report State of Climate Change Science in the Great Lakes Basin: A Focus on…

December 15, 2016 @ 9:30am

Canadian Arctic scientist, Dr. John England, joins prestigious ranks, today accepting the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. England is a well-known advocate for the importance of northern science and value of the Canadian Arctic landscape. His work has captured 18,000 years of glacial and sea level history…

December 07, 2016 @ 9:24am

The UN Conference of the Parties (COP22) on the Climate will be held from 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. As part of the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA), successor of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) was designated by the two…

November 07, 2016 @ 11:46am

A new paper released this week demonstrates how even small changes in water clarity  over time can have big impacts on water temperatures. In a letter published in Limnology and Oceanography Letters, a team of U.S. researchers, through modelling and empirical observations, have determined that water clarity trends of about one…

November 01, 2016 @ 1:56pm

A new report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation out of the University of Waterloo finds all 10 provinces and Yukon are ill-prepared for flooding as a result of climate change. The report, Climate Change and the Preparedness of Canadian Provinces and Yukon to Limit Potential Flood Damage, surveyed 103 government representatives…

October 31, 2016 @ 11:15am

Dr. Fred Roots, founder of the Students on Ice program, youth mentor, Arctic explorer, and climate scientist died October 18, 2016. From Pole to Pole, Dr. Roots touched so many lives, organizations, planetary processes, treaties, agreements, discoveries, and he truly made Canada and the World a better place. At the…

October 27, 2016 @ 11:29am

Barrie, ON, has begun a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study to determine necessary stormwater infrastructure improvements required to reduce flooding on both private and municipal lands, resolve issues concerning public safety, and provide improved maintenance opportunities within the Sophia Creek watershed and Mulcaster drainage area. “Major drainage improvements may consist…

October 12, 2016 @ 8:01am

Under Western Skies, an annual environmental conference held by Mount Royal University in Calgary will focus on water issues this year. Titled Water—Events, Trends, Analysis, the conference is expected to attract 600–800 attendees for notable presentations from: Robert Sandford of United Nations University Institute for Water, EPCOR Chair for Water…

September 27, 2016 @ 1:05pm

“There are real challenges facing our rivers,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Provost & Vice-President: Academic and a Professor of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and member of the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI). “These challenges come in the form of climate change, urbanization, and industrial waste. Their impacts are just…

September 26, 2016 @ 6:54am

A new report released by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project identifies the top five water challenges the province of British Columbia will encounter in the future without further action. The report identifies emerging water challenges that will define the province’s future. The researchers argue that these challenges, and associated opportunities,…

September 16, 2016 @ 9:38am

This week, the Government of Canada unveiled plans for a new $77.8 million research program, led by the University of Saskatchewan with more than 380 Canadian university researchers involved, called the Global Water Futures Programme. Professor John Pomeroy, the associate director of the Global Water Futures Programme explains the vision…

September 08, 2016 @ 6:05am

The federal, provincial and territorial governments have developed a resource, the Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture, to improve Canada’s ability to address risks and emergencies, from prevention to recovery, and to strengthen the resilience, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector. Within that Framework, a risk analysis was conducted, identifying four key areas…

September 07, 2016 @ 12:07pm

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, announced a new bilateral agreement that will result in more than $238 million being invested in wastewater and public transit projects across Nova Scotia. The announcement was made at Jubilee Park in Bridgetown, N.S. on part the…

August 16, 2016 @ 1:01pm

Climate change impacts everyone, but when you own property on a shoreline or in a floodplains, the impacts can be substantial. The Federation of Ontario Cottage Owners has responded with a new report that encourages waterfront property owners to take a can-do approach to climate change adaptation. The report entitled, Managing Your…

August 12, 2016 @ 8:55am

More than 250 prominent university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern regarding Site C, a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. A letter supporting the concerns raised by this group has been issued…

May 24, 2016 @ 10:13am

This week, the Capital Regional District warned that Greater Victoria’s water supply is highly vulnerable to the threat of wildfires, should those fires occur in the Sooke and Goldstream watersheds. Recent warm, dry conditions have led to increased fire activity in northern British Columbia, and the B.C. Wildfire Service has…

May 12, 2016 @ 10:33am

The tradeoffs between water, energy, and climate change are being handled cooperatively in Alberta through a new five-year agreement between the provincial government and TransAlta. The new agreement will allow the province to modify operations at Ghost Reservoir for flood mitigation purposes from May 16 to July 7 each year,…

May 01, 2016 @ 6:06pm

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…

January 06, 2016 @ 9:04am

Experts from the Canadian insurance industry and local municipalities gathered on Friday, November 20, 2015 at a forum hosted by Burlington mayor Rick Goldring to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with setting up an affordable residential overland flood insurance product in Ontario. The meeting brought together about 50 people,…

November 24, 2015 @ 3:07pm

On Tuesday October 20, 2015, the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) held its Environment Industry Day at the Ontario legislature. Dozens of representatives from clean-tech firms descended on Queen’s Park to discuss issues of concern and raise the visibility of Ontario’s environment sector. The events was attended by clean-tech firms,…

October 22, 2015 @ 2:40pm

This week, the Ontario government passed the Great Lakes Protection Act which will strengthen the province's ability to keep the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River clean, as well as to protect and restore the waterways that flow into them. The Act enables the province to address significant environmental challenges…

October 08, 2015 @ 10:03am

The City of Guelph, Ontario has determined that it will need to dip into reserve funds and scale back on planned projects to cover the costs of this past winter’s frozen pipes emergency. The final cost of the damage was $625,000, which includes $545,000 in expenses and $80,000 of lost…

October 02, 2015 @ 9:40am

Five Canadian cities will have portions of their asphalt roads ripped up and replaced with permeable brick and gravel this summer in an effort to curb the effects of flash flooding. The University of Waterloo, along with insurer Intact Financial Corporation, has announced a 20-project initiative to help communities weather…

June 06, 2014 @ 12:09pm

Researchers at the University of Ottawa and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington have published an article exploring the direct link between human caused groundwater depletion and the uplift of California’s Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which may increase the number of earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault. Pascal Audet…

May 20, 2014 @ 9:11am

How should water resources management practices across the country be modified to adapt to the challenges posed by changing weather patterns and global climate change? A new report funded by Natural Resource Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program explores the issue. This report, titled Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Canadian Water Resource…

November 20, 2012 @ 2:58pm

This week, the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) released Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on our Water Future, highlighting a 16-city cross-Canada tour conducted by Canmore-based Bob Sandford, co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW). Sandford released the report today at the 2012 Living Lakes Canada Gathering held…

May 23, 2012 @ 4:48pm

The Province recently announced that it is once again aiming to help communities prepare for the challenges linked to climate change. The Department of Environment is offering up to $25,000 through its Climate Change Adaptation Fund. "Nova Scotians need to prepare for the realities of climate change," said Environment Minister Sterling…

April 23, 2012 @ 2:20pm

[caption id="attachment_10673" align="alignright" width="144" caption="Gord Miller"][/caption] Ontario's Environmental Commissioner is worried that Ontario has lost momentum when it comes to the province's pressing environmental issues. In his 2010/2011 Annual Report, titled Engaging Solutions, Gord Miller says there's no shortage of talk about the problems such as climate change, waste diversion,…

November 29, 2011 @ 1:46pm

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), this morning announced the Watershed Awards, a new annual awards program to recognize Canadian municipalities that have taken proactive measures to reduce their vulnerability to storm and wastewater damage. The newly launched Watershed Awards will…

February 11, 2010 @ 3:52pm

More than two dozen leading United Nations water experts will convene in Hamilton, Ontario from February 2-4 to plan fresh strategy for a coordinated approach to the global water crisis that increasingly threatens both human health and international security. At its first-ever meeting in Canada, the group known as UN-Water…

January 05, 2010 @ 9:42am

Our friends over at WWF-Canada have released a new report, Canada's Rivers at Risk: Environmental Flows and Canada's Freshwater Future (pdf here). The report claims that Canada’s fresh water is in jeopardy due to the effects of climate change and growing water demand. The report uses a scientific approach that…

October 16, 2009 @ 8:14am

With available fresh water resources expected to decrease as a result of climate change, Alberta faces the challenge of meeting its growing demand for water in a sustainable manner, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. "We need to plan ahead and consider the impact that climate change…

February 10, 2009 @ 9:47am

Aboriginal leaders, scientists and environmental activists from across Canada are talking this week about water quality at a national summit in Yellowknife, reports CBC News. More than 100 delegates gathered for the Dene Nation's National Environment and Water Summit to discuss issues such as the effect of oilsands development on…

November 06, 2008 @ 12:50pm

Human demands on the world's resources have reached nearly a third more than planet can sustain, according to the latest edition of WWF's Living Planet Report. The report, released this week, suggests that the world is heading for an ecological credit crunch. In addition, the report found that global natural…

October 29, 2008 @ 12:34pm

"The Ontario public needs and deserves to be confident that our environmental protection systems are actually doing the job - but there are clearly areas of weakness," stated Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller as he released his 2007/08 Annual Report "Getting to K(no)w " at Queens's Park this week. The…

October 23, 2008 @ 8:28am