Canada Water

Would Canadians Rather Make a Quick Buck or Have Clean Water?

Small Change Fund | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Small Change Fund

This is a wake up call for Canadians to realize that our water supply is not infinite, that there are people right here in Canada who lack access to it, and that what little we do have is going towards digging holes in the ground or exporting meat to France. It's a wake up call for Canadians to ask ourselves are we willing to give up one of the basic necessities of life to make a quick buck?

Don't Let Oceana Gold Jeopardize El Salvador's Democracy and Drinking Water

Sujata Dey | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In El Salvador, people have died or lost their drinking water sources because of gold mining, contributing to a rising tide against mining. In 2008, the El Salvador government introduced a de facto moratorium on large-scale mining maintained by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

These Photographs Will Make You Look At Water In A New Way

Brasil Post | Klaus Mitteldorf | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Living

Brazilian photographer Klaus Mitteldorf decided to approach the very everyday substance of water with a sense of wonder. Here are his photographs, and...

Why Water Makes You Happy

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Whether your place is green or blue, there is growing evidence that spending time in nature is not only important but a necessary element of happiness and health.

A Wake-up Call for Canada's Mining Industry

David Suzuki | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 "dangerous or unusual occurrences" that B.C's chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites.

Politicians: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

David Suzuki | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We are, above all else, biological beings, with an absolute need for clean air from the moment of birth to the last death rattle. We are about 60 per cent water by weight, so we need clean water to be healthy. We eat plants and animals for our nourishment, so whatever they're exposed to ends up in our bodies. We need clean soil to give us clean food. These are basic, biological facts and should be the prism through which any decision is made at individual, corporate or government levels. Protection of air, water, soil and the web of life should be the highest social, political and economic priority.

Access To Water Is No Longer Just A Third World Problem

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On July 28, 2010, after years of pressure from many countries, the United Nations General Assembly declared access to clean water for drinking and sanitation to be a universal human right. But many places in the world struggle to guarantee this human right. Access to water is no longer just a third world problem.

Five Foods to Keep You Cool This Summer

Jane Dummer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Are you wondering how to stay cool as a cucumber this summer? Keeping hydrated is important year round, but especially in the warm weather, as it prevents our bodies from overheating. To remain cool during the dog days of summer, here are five delicious and hydrating foods to add to your menu.

Premier Wynne Must Act Now To Stop Declining Water Levels

David Sweetnam | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada
David Sweetnam

Georgian Bay Forever maintains that we need climate-resilient structures strategically placed to control the water levels throughout the basin. Such structures will mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Premier Wynne and her reelected government can act to prioritize research into engineering measures to mitigate declining water levels, which will only get worse with climate change.

Kathleen Wynne Must Act to Protect the Great Lakes

David Sweetnam | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Politics
David Sweetnam

When the Ontario government returns following the election, Premier Kathleen Wynne needs to move to protect the Great Lakes. There are a number of simple actions her government can take to address the challenges facing the Great Lakes, particularly declining water levels and invasive species.

More Ice Doesn't Mean Water Levels Have Stopped Declining

David Sweetnam | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
David Sweetnam

Low water levels will persist into the foreseeable future and this will mean significant environmental and economic costs for the region. Seasonal variations are natural and healthy. But when the starting point has moved to an all-time low, a one-time increase is not cause for celebration, especially when forecasts still leave the lakes well below average in Michigan-Huron.

Some News We Can All Drink (Water) To

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Although water treatment and purification technology offer hope, most current desalination technologies are based on energy-intensive processes that are limited and carry a big price tag.

I'm Only 12, But I'm Helping Make Clean Water A Reality In Africa

Nathaniel Crossley | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Nathaniel Crossley

In 2012, I started a project to build wells in Africa and my original goal was to raise $2,000 to build one well. I reached my goal, I decided to raise another $2,000 - and I kept fundraising until I raised over $9000 for clean water projects in Tanzania.

I'm Tired of Being a Closet Environmentalist

Kinnie Starr | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Kinnie Starr

I'm tired of being ashamed of being an environmentalist. Why is the conversation of global warming, and water rights, so "boring"? Personally, I'd rather be perceived as a so-called "boring" environmentalist and communicate about the importance of water.

Water Shortages Are More Common Than You Think

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Impact

Most Canadians begin consuming water from the moment they wake, whether they’re drinking it, cooking with it, or using it for sanitation. With fr...

What World Water Day Really Means

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

We don't think much about water here in Canada - just turn on the tap and out it pours! But around the world, clean water is more elusive. It can mean...

The Beach Is Great for Sun, Surf and...Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Many of us cannot wait for Mother Nature and journey to one of a plethora of pleasant places famous for their warmth. Amongst the most popular destinations, including Florida, California and the Caribbean, exist some of the most desirable beaches where millions congregate to take in the joys of sun, sea, sand, and unfortunately germs.

How Pine Trees Can Make Water Pristine

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgMore types of plants -- pine isn't universal -- should be tested for their effectiveness and a list of potential water filtration trees to be sought out and cultivated should be formed. If that comes to pass, then a new boom of tree planting may begin.

Stop Trading Precious Water For Fossil Fuels

David Suzuki | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Drought and fracking have already caused some small communities in Texas to run out of water altogether, and parts of California are headed for the same fate. As we continue to extract and burn ever greater amounts of oil, gas and coal, climate change is getting worse, which will likely lead to more droughts in some areas and flooding in others.

Why I'm On Tour With Neil Young and Diana Krall

Chief Allan Adam | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Chief Allan Adam

My community is largely based in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, 200 km downstream from current tar sands development. It's a place of great beauty and history, but we are now at risk from irreversible impacts that will permanently change our lands and our lives forever. The immediacy of the crisis demands attention, which is why I am so honoured to be on tour with Neil Young and Diana Krall as we travel across Canada to raise awareness and resources to defend ourselves from wanton development and interests that don't seem to care about our rights or our community.

We Shovel it, We Play in it, But What Do We Know About Snow?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year -- some of us more than others, depending on what part of the country we call home. But how much do we know about it?

How You Are Contributing To Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA new study out this week suggests that a third environment could become the next hotbed for antibiotic resistance. This one, however, may take the world by shock and signal that the end for antibiotics is indeed nigh. That resistance contributing environment is you, the human; specifically, your gut.

Meet the Germs That Infect Your Water

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe incidence of waterborne infections from the home water supply is rare but this trend of infection due to biofilm formation in the plumbing is showing up not only in the home but also in our travels and in our healthcare leaving many either infected or worse.

We Are Quickly Turning the Ocean into a "Dead Zone"

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg Across the world, vast areas of oceans and lakes are running out of oxygen, making it nearly impossible for marine life to survive. In the 1960s, there were 49 dead zones throughout the ocean; today there are more than 400 and the number is still growing. When water becomes too low in oxygen, or "hypoxic," marine life flees and everything that is too slow or cannot move will die, creating a dead zone. This will not go away on its own.

Exposing The Gold Diggers Of B.C.

Torrance Coste | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Torrance Coste

Gold mining is one of the most destructive things we do, and the reasons to worry about it are endless. Acid mine drainage -- a process through which non-usable materials found in gold deposits are exposed, acidified, and leached into the surrounding environment -- threatens water quality and is a common occurrence at gold mines worldwide. Other toxins like mercury are released through mining, further impacting local water systems. In a rainforest like Clayoquot Sound, water is the central element, and by jeopardizing it we jeopardize everything from salmon rehabilitation to cultural practices to recreational opportunities.