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Canadian Election Primer 2021: Party perspectives on the environment

Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine takes a look at some of the details surrounding party platforms on climate, sustainability, and the environment, as Canadians...
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California forces manufacturers to prove products are recyclable

California officials say they’re looking to end the often seen three-arrow recycling symbols that exist on most products despite the fact that they are...
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Canada funding consumer alternative to plastic microbeads in cosmetics, skin care

The federal government is investing $4.2 million in a Quebec-based cellulose nanocrystals company to support the innovation of an eco-friendly alternative product to replace...
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Tatham Engineering to acquire Ontario-based Runge Engineering

Tatham Engineering (Tatham), a multi-disciplinary civil engineering consulting firm, announced on June 10, 2021 that it will be acquiring the shares of Collingwood, Ontario-based...
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Research firm offers diversity pathway for regulators, engineering groups

As Canada continues to have a strong demand for engineers, both at present and in the future, a new report offers a potential pathway...
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Endress+Hauser W.I.N. initiative promotes diversity, inclusion of women, minorities

Endress+Hauser Group announces that it is conducting an employee-led program to increase the participation of women at all levels in the company. At Endress+Hauser entities...
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Endress+Hauser’s Waterpilot FMX11 hydrostatic level

With its Waterpilot FMX11, Endress+Hauser announces it is building on the proven benefits of hydrostatic level measurement of freshwater sources in the environmental industry. Hydrostatic...
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Canada and global economy paying high price for invasive species

Invasive species have cost the global economy an annual mean amount of US$26.8 billion per year since 1970, with a threefold increase every decade,...
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More Indigenous engineers needed for basic representation in sector

Less than 1% of Canada’s engineers identify as Indigenous, according to a new report by Engineers Canada, which estimates the sector needs an additional...
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Funding secured for upgrades at two Ontario water facilities

Two small Ontario communities are now set with funding for critical water facility upgrades, the province has announced. Full funding is now available to replace...
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Ontario forming working group to guide conservation authorities despite outcry

The Ontario government has tasked a new working group with developing regulations that would lead the province’s 36 conservation authorities to focus and deliver...
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Highs and lows emerge from online STEM learning during pandemic

Data emerging from new studies shows that the loss of labs and field trips during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant change for...
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WSP acquires Golder in $1.5B deal that creates one of world’s biggest environmental consulting...

Montreal-based Canadian engineering leader WSP Global Inc. has acquired Ontario-based Golder Associates for nearly $1.5 billion, making WSP what it calls the “leading global...
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Environmental sector jobs to see growth in spite of pandemic, report says

A recent environmental employment outlook report from ECO Canada forecasts moderate 8.1% growth from 2019 to 2029, representing more than 50,000 new jobs in spite of an economy hit hard by COVID‑19.
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IBI acquires Cole Engineering to form ‘significant’ infrastructure engineering team

Toronto-based IBI Group Inc. has acquired the assets of Cole Engineering Group Ltd., one of the largest independent civil engineering firms in Ontario with...
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PPE litter problem growing in world’s landscapes, including Canada’s

While COVID-19 continues to impact the health of people worldwide, the virus is inadvertently wreaking havoc on the environment, too, as the mask litter...
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U of Guelph to track wastewater for food-borne illnesses, COVID-19

A new $6.5-million outbreak detection project led by a University of Guelph food scientist aims to develop an approach to metagenomic detection of food-borne...
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Environmental sector jobs to see growth in spite of pandemic, report says

A new environmental employment outlook report from ECO Canada forecasts moderate 8.1% growth from 2019 to 2029, representing more than 50,000 new jobs in...
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ADS announces updated PRISM 2.0 platform for wastewater collection systems

ADS Environmental Services®, a provider of intelligent flow, level, and rainfall monitoring solutions, announced the release of their PRISM Version 2.0 solution platform on...
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Canada moves one step closer to single-use plastics ban for 2021

Canada has announced the next steps in its single-use plastics ban to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. The six items currently proposed under the...
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Canadian company patents world’s first electrified water and current tester

New lightweight, handheld tool is a potentially life-saving piece of equipment, capable of measuring electricity up to 600 volts AC passing through fluids or water, giving water and wastewater treatment plant operators, first responders, hydro workers, municipal workers, marina and pool staff the ability to check for electrical energy and stray current or power.
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REGENESIS expands U.S. manufacturing and distribution operations with new facility in Tennessee

REGENESIS, a provider of soil and groundwater remediation solutions and vapor intrusion mitigation technologies, announced it has expanded its operations to include a new...
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B.C. communities outracing federal single-use plastics ban

British Columbia’s government says it is moving quickly to approve bylaws banning single-use plastics for several municipalities while it drafts a new regulation to...

Sherwin-Williams water and wastewater Impact Award accepting entries

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine announced it is accepting entry submissions for its annual Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding water and wastewater projects completed in...
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SUEZ’s ZeeLung selected for world’s largest MABR project in Canada

SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions announced on August 17 that the Region of Waterloo has selected SUEZ’s ZeeLung technology to equip what will...
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Contech StormFilter Achieves ISO 14034 Environmental Technology Verification

Contech® Engineered Solutions announced that the Stormwater Management StormFilter® has been verified in accordance with ISO 14034 Environmental Management - Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)....
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Endress+Hauser recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s 2020 Global Liquid Analyzer Company of the Year...

Based on its recent analysis of the global liquid analyzer market, the market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan honored Endress+Hauser as the...
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Manitoba creates new fund to support water and green technology projects

The Manitoba government has created a new fund that will provide up to $600,000 for green technology projects that focus on water, climate change,...
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East Penn Canada and Terrapure win environmental award for innovative lead battery recycling

Terrapure Environmental (Terrapure) and East Penn Canada announced that they received an Environment + Energy Leader Award for "Project of the Year" for their...
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Israeli-made algaecide making strides in fight against toxic algal blooms

Proprietary algaecide developed by Israeli-based cleantech company is creating significant drops in toxic cyanobacteria species that contaminates lakes worldwide.
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Ontario remains largest issuer of environmental fines in Canada, report finds

The province issued environmental fines totaling $22 million over 2015 – 2019, largely focusing on air quality and emissions contraventions, according to report.
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Alberta loses access to Milk River irrigation water following U.S. canal failure

Following a U.S. infrastructure failure in northern Montana, water levels in Alberta’s Milk River will likely be too low this summer for activities like canoeing or kayaking.
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Thunder Bay offers loans for lead pipe replacement as COVID-19 backlogs water testing

Ontario City of Thunder Bay has approved an interest-free loan program for property owners to replace privately-owned water service pipes made of lead.
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Alberta grants $150M for 55 water, wastewater projects in small municipalities

$137 million is allocated for improvements to water supply, treatment facilities, upgrades to wastewater services such as lagoons, berms, sewage treatment.
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Changes to Ontario water taking policy now open for public input

Ontario’s government has officially posted proposals in need of public input pertaining to changes around the ways water is taken and managed in the province.
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Study warns of growing wastewater impact on nutrient imbalance in lakes as more facilities...

Study warns surge in wastewater treatment may be harming ecosystem biodiversity by creating an imbalance between phosphorus and nitrogen.
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KKR and XPV Grow Water Quality Platform with Acquisition of Environmental Dynamics International (EDI)

The addition of Environmental Dynamics International accelerates the growth of the water quality platform’s nutrient management offerings through Nexom and Environmental Operating Solutions.
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Alberta energy regulator says enviro monitoring suspensions will be minimal as three First Nations...

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation stated in their appeal that they face potential health and environmental impacts and they were not consulted by the AER about the monitoring suspension.
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Saskatchewan invests $8.3M in six water infrastructure projects

Water management projects range from pumping infrastructure to flood mapping and aquatic weed removal
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New WEF report analyzes global investment gaps around risks to water security

Report identifies water as a global systemic risk that could have an annual investment gap of $670 billion in relation to water security and water investment opportunities
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Canadian researchers create biodegradable mask in response to pandemic pollution

Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s BioProducts Institute are aiming to produce what could be one of the first biodegradable N95 masks.
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Alberta town and former employee face seven charges after failed water monitoring

Bow Island faces five charges for failing to take specific samples required under the Code of Practice for a Waterworks System Consisting Solely of a Water Distribution System.
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Ontario town issues water advisory after pressure drop from power outage

A water pressure loss compromised the safety of the drinking water in a small northeastern Ontario town earlier this month, as the result of a power outage.
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COVID-19 detection methods and infectivity

WEF released an expansion document to highlight the unlikely survival of infective COVID-19 virus in feces and wastewater systems. Exposure to wastewater is not a significant transmission route for the COVID-19 virus, WEF officials wrote in their Update and Expansion on The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19.
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IVEY wins ‘Top 10 Environmental Technology Solution Providers 2020 Award’

IVEY International Inc. has been awarded the "Top 10 Environmental Technology Solution Providers 2020 Award" from Enterprise Technology Review. With headquarters in Canada, Europe and...
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Facing national ban, plastics re-emerge as convenient alternative during pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 has not only forced some of Canada’s environmental protection services to be temporarily suspended, it has also delayed the implementation...
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Eco-Action groups warn of push to rollback environmental laws in the name of economic...

Sixteen environmental action organizations have come together to write a single letter of concern to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Their message: resist pressures...
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Blue-White engages all resources to quickly develop temporary ventilator

To treat the anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients, officials asked Blue-White to quickly develop and build temporary ventilators.
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Nearly 30% of Ontario’s environment sector hit financially by COVID-19, survey finds

In an attempt to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on Ontario’s environmental sector, a survey distributed by the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) has...
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New study ranks Canada’s environmental record near middle of OECD pack

A new study ranks Canada 12th out of 33 high-income countries on a wide range of environmental indicators that relate both to the protection...
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Endress+Hauser offers free remote visual support during COVID-19 crisis

Endress+Hauser announced that customers can have free access to the company’s remote visual support during this time of pandemic restrictions on industry. Customers can interact...

10 tips to manage environmental risk during uncertain times

During the current COVID-19 pandemic there are many competing priorities, including environmental legal obligations that remain in force. At the same time, the pandemic will create new challenges in fulfilling these duties.
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World Water Week reveals Water Prize winner as event joins global cancellations

World Water Week, a leading global conference on water, is now cancelled due to the global spread of COVID-19, organizers announced. World Water Week assembles...
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J.L. Richards acquires LCI Engineering

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) has acquired Ottawa-based engineering firm LCI Engineering Inc. (LCI), the company announced on March 9, 2020. JLR said...
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Bishop Water BioCord Reactors to be distributed in Chile by Novatech

BioCord™ Reactors will now be available in South America as part of a new distribution agreement with Novatech, Bishop Water Technologies announced on February...
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Volkswagen ordered to pay $196.5 million for federal environmental offences

In the Ontario Court of Justice, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (Volkswagen AG), a German-based car manufacturer, was ordered to pay an unprecedented $196.5 million fine after...
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Corporate sustainability data disclosure flatlining, warns report

Toronto-based research company Corporate Knights says its latest report showing a flatlining of corporate sustainability data and disclosure is surprising and “counterintuitive” given investors'...
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Canada opens new funding rounds for eight environmental programs

Environment and Climate Change Canada is opening its annual call for proposals for eight environmental funding programs that support a variety of areas.
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New technique could accelerate methane production from FOG and food waste

University of Alberta engineers found that adding conductive materials to fats, oils and grease and waste products could boost methane production by 70%.
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Water experts named to Order of Canada for life’s work

Canada’s Governor General, Julie Payette, announced the 2019 list of recipients set to receive the Order of Canada, including a number for their work...
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Endress+Hauser releases new Memosens CCS51D free chlorine sensor

The new Memosens CCS51D sensor for free chlorine from Endress+Hauser provides extremely fast, high precision measured values, critical for protecting people and systems from...
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Pulsar Process Measurement and Greyline Instruments announce amalgamation

Instrumentation and monitoring companies Pulsar Process Measurement Ltd. and Greyline Instruments Inc. announced their amalgamation on December 19, 2019. Pulsar Process Measurement manufactures and supplies...
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Alberta Water Week conference brings operators together

Alberta water and wastewater professionals gathered for the Annual Water Week Conference organized by the Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association
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Endress+Hauser introduces the Turbimax CUS52D smart turbidity sensor

Endress+Hauser’s Turbimax CUS52D smart turbidity sensor and CUA252 flow cell provide continuous, unattended monitoring of drinking and process water quality.
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Industry leaders launch Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association

The Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association (OCTIA), a new not-for-profit organization that aims to champion Ontario’s cleantech sector officially launched in early November 2019. Globally,...
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Ontario’s proposal to change environmental infraction fines raises red flags with critics

Ontario is looking for feedback on a new proposal that would see a major change in how monetary penalties are administered for violations of...
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French firm wins build contract for B.C.’s Annacis Island WWTP expansion

Paris-based VINCI Construction has won a $184-million contract to build new pipelines as part of an expansion for British Columbia’s Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment...
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BC First Nation wants Canadian reserves to join legal challenge for safe drinking water

A group of First Nations has announced the launch of a new campaign to affirm First Nations' human right to safe drinking water in...
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UBC students win WEF award for airport de-icing runoff treatment system

Four students from the University of British Columbia are winners of the Water Environment Federation’s 2019 Student Design Competition for their Vancouver International Airport...
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Canadian wastewater treatment provider signs agreement to eliminate pharmaceuticals in wastewater

On-site industrial wastewater treatment provider Axine Water Technologies announced the signing of a multi-year service agreement with a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer to treat wastewater...
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Canada infrastructure funding puts wastewater in the spotlight

Following a very busy two weeks of a busy year for federal water infrastructure funding announcements across Canada, ES&E reviews some of the highlights...
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Report finds a lack of trust between Ontario government and environmental community

Ontario’s environmental stewardship community and the provincial government must “address the chasm of mistrust that exists between them” says a new report from the...
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Toronto hosts the future leaders of water

Future water leaders from across the world gathered in Toronto for the 9th annual International Young Water Professionals conference in June 2019.
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A Canadian’s guide to WEFTEC 2019

Every fall, thousands of water professionals from across the globe gather for the Water Environment Federation's annual tradeshow and conference known as WEFTEC. This...
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Orlick Industries named BSI Canada’s 2018 Award of Excellence winner

BSI, the business improvement company, has announced that Orlick Industries Ltd. has been awarded the 2018 BSI Canada Award of Excellence. BSI Group Canada...
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Groundbreaking technology converts waste CO2 into high value fuels and chemicals

Calgary entrepreneur Dr. Beatriz Molero is working to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) levels through a technology that converts CO2 from industrial sources into usable fuels and chemicals.

Engineers surveyed about the impact of digital twin technology

A digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical system, process or product. This provides a real-time look at how physical assets are performing, allowing engineers to evaluate and make improvements.
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A ‘mosaic’ perspective of climate due to natural and societal influences

Earlier this year, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés stated that only 11 years remain to avert global climate change catastrophe.
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Contech releases a free new reline design tool

Contech Engineered Solutions’ has released the Design Your Own Reline (DYOReline™) tool to help engineers and contractors determine the viability of relining a culvert or drainage system based on site specifics.
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Saskatoon water workers reject city offer after more than two years without deal

The City of Saskatoon’s unionized water and wastewater treatment plant workers have rejected the City’s latest attempt to solidify a contract, despite having been...
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Impact Award submissions now being accepted

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings announced today that it is now accepting entry submissions for its annual Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding water and...
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Canadian study sends early warning over humans consuming microplastics

A University of Victoria study has discovered that each of us consumes an average of 70,000 to 121,000 microplastic particles per year, depending on...
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Green energy and wastewater funding announced for Nunavut

Funding for four infrastructure projects in Nunavut was announced by Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development and the Honourable David Akeeagok, Deputy Premier of...
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BC awards pump stations contract under massive McLoughlin Point wastewater project

British Columbia’s Capital Regional District (CRD) has awarded a $15.9-million contract to Knappett Projects Inc. to construct three pump stations and bridge crossings along...
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Ontario releases proposed excess soil and brownfield amendments

On May 1, 2019, the Ontario government announced it plans to introduce changes to the management of excess construction soil and brownfields redevelopment. The Ministry...
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Greatario now sole Canadian dealer for CST Storage

Greatario Engineered Storage Systems announced that they are now the sole authorized dealer for CST Storage for all of Canada, on April 12, 2019. According...
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April environmental regulation news: Cannabis industry and Bill C-69

Vancouver to regulate emissions from cannabis industry Enclosed facilities, powerful air filters and minimum distances from homes, hospitals, schools, daycares, playgrounds and care facilities are...
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Aerzen Canada celebrates opening of new office and production facility

Aerzen Canada recently celebrated the opening of a brand new, 26,000 ft2 office and production facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec. An open house of the new...
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Event recap: Alberta Water & Wastewater Operators Association Seminar

Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the 44th Annual Operators Seminar was held in Banff, Alberta, from March 11-15, 2019 by the Alberta Water...
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Single-use plastics ban begins journey in Ontario as proposed Bill 82

A ban on single-use plastics passed first reading through an NDP Private Member’s Bill in the Ontario Legislature last week. Ian Arthur, MPP for Kingston...
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Celebrating World Water Day 2019 in Canada

Since 1993, World Water Day has been celebrated globally in a variety of educational and awareness raising events. Organized by the United Nations, the...

Federal 2019 Environmental Emergency Regulations published

Canada’s long-awaited Environmental Emergencies Regulations, 2019, were finally published in Canada Gazette on March 6, 2019.
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In-Situ Inc. acquires ChemScan, formerly known as ASA Analytics

In-Situ said the acquisition of ChemScan positions it to become a major competitor in the municipal water, wastewater and industrial process market.
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Federal government promoting new project assessment process of Bill C-69

The federal government has been busy touting the benefits of proposed Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act. Here is a look at what specifically...
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Event recap: Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario Conference

From January 29-31, 2019 Thunder Bay played host to the 24th annual Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario's conference and tradeshow. The Aboriginal Water...
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Manitoba water projects moving forward after funding secured

Funding is secured for Manitoba water projects including extension of a distribution network, lagoon upgrades and the construction of a forcemain and lift station.
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Endress+Hauser and Westburne extend their partnership to include Manitoba

Endress+Hauser and Westburne have extended the scope of their partnership agreement to include Manitoba. The announcement was made on February 21, 2019. Last year, Westburne,...
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Ontario rescinds controversial development component of Bill 66

Ontario will not be moving forward with a controversial component of a Bill designed to cut red tape around planning after widespread criticism that...

New campaign published on clean innovation in Canada

Sponsored Campaign The recently published Mediaplanet Canada’s Clean Innovation campaign is a unique collaboration between some of the country’s leading experts and entrepreneurs that showcases...
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New wastewater funding announced for Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan

A series of new federal and provincial investments have been announced this month for wastewater and water treatment services across Canada. Here are a...

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