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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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Newfoundland shifts to earlier timeframes for water project applications

Newfoundland’s shift to earlier annual deadlines for project applications, such as water and wastewater, aim to allow projects to be shovel ready by Spring.
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Filterra Bioretention System Achieves ISO Verification

Imbrium Systems recently announced that the Filterra® Bioretention System has been verified in accordance with ISO 14034 Environmental Management - Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). The...
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High-tech ocean plastic cleanup device brought ashore for repairs

An ambitious $360-million venture to remove plastic from the notorious garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean hit a second hurdle last week after a...
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Walkerton Clean Water Centre increases its pilot testing capacity

Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has announced that fluidized bed ion exchange has been added to its line-up of pilot-scale testing technologies.
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AquaTECTURE announces investment in Real Tech

Water and wastewater investment company aquaTECTURE announced on November 13, 2018, an investment partnership with Real Tech Inc., a real-time sensor and monitoring company...
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Halifax Water workers on verge of second strike in three years

Three years after its last strike, following 12 days of bargaining, the 230 workers at Halifax Water have voted in favour of a strike...
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Lystek wins multi-year biosolids contract with the City of Guelph

Lystek International announced that it had formally executed a multi-year (up to 10) biosolids management contract with the City of Guelph, Ontario, on October...
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Latest Husky oil spill may be Newfoundland’s largest ever

Husky Energy officials say a gap in the pipe at its SeaRose floating platform, 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland is the likely...
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Millions in water infrastructure funding flows across Canada

It’s been a busy week of green and water infrastructure funding across Canada, particularly in terms of wastewater treatment upgrades and improvements for stormwater...
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Enviropod and Imbrium release LittaTrap to tackle plastics and trash in Canadian waterways

Enviropod and Imbrium Systems recently introduced the Enviropod LittaTrap™ to tackle the issue of plastics and trash in Canadian waterways. LittaTrap is a low-cost catch...
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AI company EMAGIN announces agreement with United Utilities

EMAGIN announced it has secured a Framework Agreement with United Utilities (UU) to deploy its artificial intelligence (AI) technology across the North West of...
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PEI water tech firm to install wastewater sensors across Canada

Prince Edward Island company Island Water Technologies has secured a $470,000 federal government contract to install nine bio-electrode wastewater sensors that will monitor wastewater...
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Transport Canada awards $17M for final remediation of former paint company site in BC

Transport Canada has awarded a $17.6-million contract to a joint venture through QM/JJM Contracting to remove contaminants from the ecosystem around Laurel Point Park...
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New Ontario ECO report questions provincial cuts to GHG reduction programs

As Ontario’s new government begins cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs such as cap and trade, and Drive Clean, the province’s Environmental Commissioner is...
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Alberta landfill operators face environmental charges

The Alberta government has laid charges against the Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County, which operate the the Whitecourt Regional Solid Waste Management Authority,...
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Infrastructure announcements for northern Canadian communities

The Government of Canada recently made a number of infrastructure announcements under the Small Communities Fund, for northern Canadian communities. Northwest Territories The community of Behchokǫ̀...
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Singapore students win Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2018

Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu won the 2018 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for producing reduced graphene oxide, which can be used to purify water

Alberta levies fine, charges in PCB and pesticide leaks

On August 15, 2018, the Provincial Court of Alberta fined FortisAlberta Inc. $300,000, following the major electricity provider’s guilty plea for violating PCB Regulations...

Wastewater funding set for upgrade projects in three provinces

A series of new funding announcements were issued last week for wastewater systems across Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In New Brunswick, $1.3 million...
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Harmful grey water dumping in Canadian Arctic to double by 2035, new WWF study...

The amount of untreated grey water dumped in Canadian Arctic waters is projected to double by 2035 if left unregulated, according to a new...
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Huber Technology relocates its North American headquarters to Lincoln County, NC

Together with the Lincoln County Economic Development Association, HUBER Technology, Inc., a water and wastewater equipment provider, announced the relocation and expansion of its...
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City of Baltimore votes to ban sale of water utilities to private market

Baltimore is poised to become the largest city in the U.S. to ban the privatization of its  sewer and water utilities to lock them...
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New water mains granted funding for Quebec City region municipality

An investment of nearly $1.2 million will be used to replace water mains in the Quebec City region of Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, according to a new...
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BC Water & Waste Association making headway on strategic plan

The British Columbia Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) says it’s on track to meet the outcomes of its three-year strategic plan, according to its...
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Federal funding announced to restore and protect the Lake Winnipeg basin

The Government of Canada announced today that it is contributing $3.8 million in funding over four years to protect and restore the health of...
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Nexen Energy fined for violating Canada’s Migratory Birds Convention Act

On July 13, 2018, Nexen Energy ULC was ordered to pay a total penalty of $290,000 in the Provincial Court of Alberta, after pleading...
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Wastewater projects funded, completed in Quebec and New Brunswick

As the federal government releases new funding for water and wastewater projects in Quebec, officials in neighboring New Brunswick have announced the completion of...
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Gander awards $18.7M wastewater treatment plant contract

The Newfoundland Town of Gander has awarded an $18.7-million tender to Pomerleau Inc. for the construction of its new wastewater treatment plant. According to a...
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Blue-green algae blooms plague Canada’s lakes this summer

Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can be toxic and highly resistant to treatment. It is being found in water bodies across Canada this summer.
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Endress+Hauser Canada partners with Westburne in Ontario and Saskatchewan

Global process measurement and instrumentation company Endress+Hauser announced it has concluded an agreement with Westburne, an electrical distributing company, to become its latest Authorized...
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ADS announces new office locations in Canada

ADS Environmental Technologies, a full-service sewer flow, level, and rainfall monitoring and data management company, announced the opening of two new Canadian offices in...
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New funding for water and wastewater systems in Newfoundland and Labrador

Requests for proposals related to at least three water and wastewater infrastructure projects in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will be issued in short order now...
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Saskatoon facing $1.5M remediation bill for contamination of fire hydrants

The City of Saskatoon is facing a $1.5 million remediation bill to address the discovery of hydrocarbons found in at least two neighbourhood’s fire...
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Armtec’s drainage division to rebrand as Aqua Q

Aqua Q announced the launch of its new corporate brand on July 4, 2018, marking what it says is a fresh direction for the infrastructure company Armtec.
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PEMAC chosen to provide municipal asset management training

The Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) announced on June 28, 2018 that it will be working with municipalities to improve infrastructure...
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What’s happening at Singapore International Water Week

Singapore International Water Week is a leading platform to connect the water industry for innovative solutions and sustainable urban water management.

Inspired by nature, this bionic robot swims like a fish

Imitation of nature represents a new technology that can be perfected and adapted to create autonomous robots for use in process sectors.

Construction begins on Samson Cree First Nation wastewater plant

Construction is underway at Samson Cree First Nation, about 100 kilometres south of Edmonton, where the reserve is getting a new $32.5-million pumping system...

Water, energy and GHG projects among $36M under Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program

The Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program (AOIP), a cross-provincial collaboration between Ontario and Alberta, has announced 20 new projects valued at more than $36 million through...

Terrapure wins environmental award for used oil recycling program

Terrapure Environmental received an Environmental Leader Award for Product of the Year for its circular-economy approach to managing used lubricating oil. Terrapure collects used oil...
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Feds contribute $7.5M for Ontario water and wastewater projects

Thirty-six new water and wastewater projects across Ontario are approved for federal funding approaching $7.5 million, Infrastructure Canada has announced. The projects mainly occur in...

BC pulp mill fined $900K for untreated effluent discharge into lake

The British Columbia-based Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation has pleaded guilty in provincial court and been fined $900,000 for improperly treating wastewater effluent before discharging...

Small Quebec town fined $100K for PCB violation

The small northwestern Quebec Town of Amos has been fined $100,000 and entered into the federal Environmental Offenders Registry after town officials pleaded guilty...
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New proposed regulations on excess soil management

On April 16, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted brand new proposed regulations to address the management of excess soils...
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The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) is launching several initiatives to revisit and update the 15 year old National Round Table on the Environment and...
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Tap Ontario water technology to cut GHGs, says new report

By David Nesseth As reliable water sources dwindle, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions becomes critical, WaterTAP, Ontario’s water-technology champion, says in a...
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BC may fine village after two decades of wastewater non-compliance

British Columbia’s Village of Cumberland, which just received more than $100,000 from the provincial government for tourist projects, may be giving cash right back...
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Trailer park and owner fined for Ontario Water Resources Act violations

An Ontario trailer park business and its owner were fined $19,000 for failing to comply with an Environmental Compliance Approval relating to a sewerage...
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Conference report: Aboriginal Water & Wastewater Association of Ontario

Toronto hosts a successful 23rd annual Aboriginal Water & Wastewater Association of Ontario’s Conference and Tradeshow. Held February 27 – March 1, 2018, in downtown...
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Study finds involving the public in water policies is key to successful municipal water...

Informing residents about local water issues and involving them in local water policies are the keys to building healthy and resilient city water systems,...
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Small Ontario town split over mayor’s plea to create wastewater plant

To keep pace with population growth and business demands in the Town of Erin, located 80 kilometres northwest of Toronto, local officials are vying...
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Construction underway for Thompson, Manitoba’s new SBR wastewater treatment plant

The foundation is laid and construction is underway for the City of Thompson’s new $36.5-million single centralized wastewater treatment facility, featuring a sequencing batch...
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NTWWA ponders Iqaluit’s water shortage and developing new wastewater standard

The Northern Territories Water and Waste Association’s (NTWWA) annual conference was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, from November 6 to 10, 2017 at the Frobisher Inn.

World’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence now available in Canada

Global water technology company Xylem, announced that has developed the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence. This new smart, interconnected wastewater pumping...
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B.C. plant-based foods manufacturer fined for Fisheries Act violation

On February 19, 2018, veggie food producer Garden Protein International Inc. (Gardein), pleaded guilty in the Provincial Court of British Columbia to one count...
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How will climate change affect extreme rainfall in Newfoundland and Labrador?

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recognized in its 2011 Climate Change Action Plan that climate change is a long-term challenge for the province, with significant environmental, economic and social impacts.

AECOM releases first global report on infrastructure

Examining the investment gap in infrastructure, resilient infrastructure and workforce needs, engineering and infrastructure firm AECOM released a global research report titled The Future...

Company found guilty of Fisheries Act violation in Lac-Mégantic derailment case

On February 5, 2018,  Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Canada Co. (MMA) was found guilty, in the Court of Quebec, of unlawfully depositing or permitting...
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Mining company in British Columbia fined for Fisheries Act violations

On January 12, 2018, Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. was ordered to pay $200,000 after pleading guilty, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, to violations...
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Ontario food manufacturer fined for offences relating to discharging process water

On January 17, 2018, Sun-Brite Foods Inc. was convicted of two offences under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), and one offence under the...
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Brownfield applications rolling in for Windsor, Ontario, as land prices spike

Freezing taxes for a decade, paying for feasibility and environmental studies, and chipping in for soil and groundwater testing were a few of the...

Two-town $21.9M wastewater plant underway in Saskatchewan

Westridge Construction says January 2018 will mark the start of construction on Saskatchewan’s wastewater treatment plant for White City and Emerald Park, two towns...

Water-related infrastructure funding announced for Alberta, Quebec

Federal-provincial funding of more than $16.3 million has been announced for four new water and wastewater projects in Alberta. In the towns of Vermilion, Barrhead and St. Paul, wastewater treatment plant upgrades...
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Sulzer acquires JWC Environmental

Sulzer announced today that it has completed the acquisition of JWC Environmental in a $215 million (USD) enterprise value deal. According to Sulzer, this acquisition...

Unintended consequences of municipal water conservation

Indoor residential water conservation can have unintended consequences in places where wastewater reuse has been implemented, diminishing both the quantity and quality of influent...
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Water infrastructure upgrades wrap up in Quebec, kick-off in Nunavut

As the last of three water infrastructure projects nears completion in Asbestos, Quebec, new funding has been announced for two water infrastructure projects in...

Canada’s new $80M oil spill protection investment relies on ocean modelling, joint research

A key plank of a new federal government initiative to protect Canada’s oceans from oil spills involves a $45.5-million program to “leverage collaboration among...

B.C. region selects group for $147M residuals treatment facility project

As construction of British Columbia’s McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant gets underway, a regional government has chosen Hartland Resource Management Group to design, build and...

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A new action plan is recommending ways that industry and residents can help to reduce their “phosphorus footprint” in British Columbia’s Shuswap watershed. The Salmon...
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