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Spring Floods Across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota – Road Closures Paint a Striking Picture

Many of us who live on the Prairies have been watching the rising waters on our creeks and rivers with great trepidation. Some of the flooding concerns were starting  a month ago in southern Alberta with an early and fast spring melt as well as a snow pack that was 2 ½ times the highest […]

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Posted in: Climate Change, Nature's Needs, Prairies, Uncategorized
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Canada Needs a National Water Policy – How The European Union’s Example Could Help

In the 3 years that I’ve been working on water issues, I’ve heard repeatedly that we need to develop a national water policy which includes consistent standards, objectives and harmonized approaches to our water quantity and quality issues across Canada. Recently I’ve become aware of a very helpful report completed by Émilie Lagacé,  Shared Water-One Framework.  Water […]

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Posted in: National, Policy and Politics, Uncategorized
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SAVE MY LAKE

By Paul Kemp It was on one of those marvellous and sunny beach days last August long weekend that I found myself in a situation that I had never experienced before, and one I hope not to replicate soon. There I was, with an underwater HD film camera in hand, thigh deep (quite literally) in […]

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Let’s bee good

Think it’s weird to take an interest in bees?  How might their story be connected (and similar) to water?

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Posted in: Central Canada, Human Health, Nature's Needs, Stories and Reflections, Uncategorized
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Taking a Page out of the Financial Sector

We’re not just in the middle of an election but we’re also in the middle of tax season.  That time of year when we review our capital – our gains and our losses.  There is another type of capital that is inexplicitly linked to our financial capital and we are only starting to grasp it […]

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Water Consumption, Water Conservation and the Price We Pay for Water – How These 3 Factors Add Up to Canada’s Poor Performance

Last week I came across an interesting article about Canada’s water conservation practices, comparative water consumption record and comparative water pricing status. The gist of the article was that we have a long way to go in Canada to improve our status related to safeguarding our most precious resource, water. The article included a graph […]

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Posted in: Conservation, Economy and Innovation, Issues, National, Policy and Politics, Regions, Uncategorized
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Empowering Homeowners That Value Water Stewardship

I recently had the opportunity to interview Ben Barclay of REEP Green Solutions (left in photo) in Kitchener, Ontario. He is leading an initiative to provide homeowners with the tools they need to improve the comfort of their home, reduce utility bills, and reduce their environmental footprint all while maximizing the best bang for their buck. […]

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Posted in: Central Canada, Conservation, Uncategorized
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Off to the races…let’s all join in!

So we are off to the races, another election in Canada. I do not know why, but I love a good election.  Call me a political geek. But I also find them terribly disappointing. Usually this is because the party (or more often then not, “the people”) I want to win rarely do, though I […]

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Posted in: Climate Change, Economy and Innovation, Elections2011, Human Health, Nature's Needs, Policy and Politics, Regions, Water Energy Nexus
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Building Owners and Managers – Agents of Change?

When you think about saving water, does your office building, local bank, or shopping mall come to mind?  Perhaps it should.  A Water Canada blogger, Meirav Evan-Har, recently wrote a great post that looks at how the owners and managers of buildings across Canada have been addressing their water use. The story looks at a new report by BOMA (Building […]

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Straightening out the facts on water

The Vancouver Sun has published a letter that is stunning in its incorrect facts, specious arguments and misreading of the article to which it purports to respond. The letter, which I get to below, claims to be in response to Daphne Bramham’s column Water and Life: Precious and Inseparable. Bramham describes the challenging situation faced […]

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Posted in: Conservation, Nature's Needs, Uncategorized, West
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