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Following a report issued in June, 2018, the B.C. government has introduced legislation aimed at making sure decisions affecting the province’s natural resources are science-based, transparent, and protect the province’s environment. If passed, the Professional Governance Act will modernize and strengthen the roles and expectations of qualified professionals in the…

October 24, 2018 @ 8:35am

The president of International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), Michael R. Twiss, PhD., has responded to a change in the structure of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s grants programs. In Budget 2018, it was proposed that several NSERC funding streams would be consolidated into a…

October 05, 2018 @ 10:28am

Researchers are developing a lightweight, battery-powered freshwater harvester that could someday take as much as 37 Litres per hour from the air, even in arid locations. The researchers have stated that their nanofiber-based method could help address modern water shortages due to climate change, industrial pollution, droughts, and groundwater depletion.…

August 23, 2018 @ 11:48am

Experts are testing drones equipped with sensor technologies to enhance the monitoring of water worldwide as part of the $8.5 billion MONOCLE project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Around 20 scientists from the University of Stirling, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and colleagues from across Europe are gathering…

August 22, 2018 @ 10:08am

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the Model Policy on Scientific Integrity, with an intention to foster a culture that supports and promotes science. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, and Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, welcomed the Model Policy on Scientific…

July 31, 2018 @ 12:41pm

Last week, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were announced, with a number of scholars whose work addresses water-related issues being supported through the funding program. Named after former Governor General Georges Vanier, the scholarship aims to recognize outstanding doctoral students, providing $50,000 per year for up to three years. Up to…

July 24, 2018 @ 12:09pm

Ontario has announced three funding programs to assist Ontario-based researchers. Funding will be available for up to 289 research projects across the province under the three programs. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, made the announcement today. “The Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards help provide…

March 02, 2018 @ 3:18pm

The Trudeau government has made progress in its efforts to reverse the impacts of muzzling under the previous government, says a new survey report released by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). But much more work needs to be done, says the union that represents over…

February 22, 2018 @ 8:11am

A recent study in the Journal of Water Management, investigated best management practices (BMPs) in stormwater management. The research, Water Quality Performance of In-Series BMPs, examined “the possible flow paths followed by stormwater as it passes from one BMP to another, and evaluate the overall pollutant removal rates by focusing…

November 23, 2017 @ 1:17pm

Researchers from the University of Waterloo has found evidence that artificial sweeteners are making their way into rural groundwater through septic system wastewater. The study describes how the researchers tested private, rural groundwater wells in the Nottawasaga River Watershed in Ontario for four artificial sweeteners as a way to detect groundwater impacted by human wastewater being…

November 08, 2017 @ 11:57am

The government of Canada has moved forward with changes to the way federal granting councils target money through the Canada Research Chairs Program that are intended to lead to greater diversity among Canada’s leading scientists. Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science, announced that the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) were informed by…

November 07, 2017 @ 10:05am

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released an update on its efforts to prevent the decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, including federal investments in freshwater science. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that DFO and partners have now acted on…

September 29, 2017 @ 11:51am

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) announced today that it has been asked by the Minister of Science, on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, with support from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to examine the current state of knowledge on…

September 13, 2017 @ 4:33pm

Last week, researchers at the University of Waterloo have invented a faster, more affordable way for communities to test their drinking water for E. coli, which stands to benefit remote and developing communities. Unlike current tests that cost about $70 and can take up to three days for lab results,…

September 12, 2017 @ 9:26am

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 Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) have announced a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed by NEMWI and CGLR on July 7th, the agreement launches an ambitious effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada by undertaking joint…

July 11, 2017 @ 11:26am

A ground survey to delineate wetlands in the area surrounding Parlee Beach begins this week. The project is part of the government’s effort to improve water quality at the beach. The declaration of Parlee Beach as a unique feature of the environment means developments that could affect water quality at…

June 21, 2017 @ 11:39am

According to a recent study by a team of Canadian researchers, Iqaluit is facing an imminent water security crisis, so too is the territory. “Even under very conservative estimates that assume the current rate of consumption, we have quantified extreme vulnerability to the municipal water supply for any currently proposed…

June 15, 2017 @ 4:16pm

Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University will be leading a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team studying the sustainability of water in the Northwest Territories through the Northern Water Futures project funded through the Global Water Futures program. “Northwestern Canada is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth,” said Laurier associate professor Jennifer Baltzer, Canada Research…

June 12, 2017 @ 5:34pm

A new water-based, recyclable membrane can filter particles as small as one nanometer, forwarding research and the applications of aqua materials. Separation technology is at the heart of water purification, sewage treatment, and materials reclamation, as well as numerous basic industrial processes. Membranes are used to separate out the smallest…

May 23, 2017 @ 1:17pm

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to selectively remove micropollutants from water. Published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, the research details how an electrochemical process can select and remove organic contaminants, such as pesticides, chemical waste, and pharmaceuticals. Ion-selective electrochemical systems, which permit the capture of targeted…

May 16, 2017 @ 12:58pm

The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced that it will support water research internationally with collaborations through the Water Joint Programming Initiative (WJPI). Of a total of 21 projects receiving funding, Canada will lead three of six projects receiving Canadian support. Canada’s total contribution over three…

April 07, 2017 @ 9:51am

“C’est un honneur,” Dr. Daniel Pauly, University Killam Professor with the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, said after being named “Scientist of the Year” by Radio Canada’s Les Années-lumière. Pauly is being recognized for his lifelong research efforts on the human impacts…

January 20, 2017 @ 7:22am

As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists—including researchers from the University…

January 17, 2017 @ 11:01am

The Government of Canada understands the role of science in maintaining a thriving, clean economy and in providing the evidence for sound policy decisions. To deliver on this role however, federal programs that support Canada's research efforts must be aligned in such a way as to ensure they are strategic,…

January 13, 2017 @ 3:08pm

The government of Prince Edward Island has announced the local creation of an environmentally friendly fish fungus killer that can help protect farmed fish from the saprolegnia fungus and affords the possibility of protecting approximately $380 million dollars in the global aquaculture industry. Dr. Subrata Chowdhury has developed an environmentally…

January 12, 2017 @ 8:27am

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

Imagine a future where drinking water operators use a simple “sniff test” to tell you if the water is contaminated. Scientists from the Seoul National University believe this may be possible, after developing a bio-electronic nose that can smell contaminated water. The new technology is part of a growing field…

September 10, 2015 @ 8:13pm