Canada Water

True Climate Leadership Means Stepping Away From LNG

Eoin Madden | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

90 per cent of all new wells drilled in B.C. that would supply the province's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will be fracked. Fracking demands massive amounts of freshwater, industrializes large areas of northeast B.C. and has major impacts on the climate. So, how is the B.C. government getting away with touting this industry as a "clean" energy resource?

Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Schreiner

It is bad enough that the government allows multinational companies to privatize a public resource, it is even worse that taxpayers are being hosed by charging so little for it. Several industries get a total free ride when it comes to taking our water. Those who do pay for taking water are charged a paltry $3.71 per million litres used. This is not a typo.

Companies 'Still Pay Nothing' For Bottling Ontario Water: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Water-bottling companies, watch out.

Liberals Must Reaffirm Canadians' Right to Clean Water

Ecojustice | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Impact

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act sets high standards but without the adequate funding, leaves communities without the necessary tools to meet those standards. Despite repeated pledges from the federal government to ensure clean drinking water, there are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect in First Nation communities, with some living under advisories for up to 20 years.

Oceans - The Need For Strategic Partnerships Between Norway, the U.S. and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

We depend on the ecosystems of the world for our survival. With this in view it is vital to ensure that the oceans of the world are managed responsibly. We need partnerships, and we need goals. And we all have to do our part.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Goes Coast-to-Coast

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Impact

On Saturday, September 19, more than 35,000 Canadians will be out in full force to clean up a shoreline in their community for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup -- It's part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day, making it one of the biggest cleanup events in the world.

Why Water Is an Election Issue

Yan Roberts | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Yan Roberts

Attention needs to be paid to the cause of this mass movement of people. We need to consider all precipitating factors, including climate change. What happened in Syria is going to happen elsewhere, and it's likely to get worse as weather alters more. Climate change causes human cruelties.

How to Start Kayaking

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I have written before about how you are never too old to learn a new sport or spend time outdoors. Kayaking is no exception. It is an amazing way to enjoy nature, be close to the water and spend some fun times with friends and family.

How a Young Humanitarian Is Leaving a Legacy of Clean Water

World Vision | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

One year ago this week, Alex Foto, a young woman who was helping change the world, was killed in a tragic accident while riding her bike. But this weekend, Alex's work will continue on through a dream she had: to hold a Canada-wide fundraiser to provide people around the world with clean water.

One Year In, Residents Remain Frustrated with Superficial Cleanup of Mount Polley Spill

Carol Linnitt | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"It's not just what the breach did environmentally to us; it's what has happened with the bad publicity we got when this went around the world. That also hurt everybody here."

Technological Solutions for a Thirsty World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Access to water is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. We have to address the underlying causes, like climate change, overconsumption, waste and pollution. However, that alone won't overcome the problem -- not in time for millions of people in need of fresh water. Fortunately there's some incredible technology emerging to recycle or create new sources of water--dowsing rods for the 21st Century. eventy-one per cent of the world's surface is covered by water. But the vast majority of that is ocean--salt water we can neither drink nor use to irrigate our crops.

Canadians Need More Love and Respect For Water

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Home to 60 per cent of the world's lakes, we are a nation with water at its heart. But some thought leaders say Canadians are losing an awareness of, and passion for, our water resources. It's a connection we need to rekindle for our country to successfully tackle some serious threats to the treasure that is our water supply.

Windsor Has Best Tasting Water 'In Ontario'

CBC | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada

Although there are over 400 municipalities on Ontario, only five put samples forward for the contest.

Canada Protecting Environment At Rate Below Global Average: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics

"We have one of the best opportunities left in the world to protect large natural areas."

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.

Is it Time to Re-Examine the Safety of Our Drinking Water?

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

In many areas of Canada, like Ontario, the levels of potentially pathogenic microbes can flourish and overwhelm our water treatment system leading to boil water orders or worse, outbreaks. These moments are thankfully rare in part to the addition of a particular chemical, chlorine. For decades, chlorine has been used to keep drinking water safe and is standard practice in many parts of Canada and the world. But it's not a perfect system and faces many hurdles. The most important of these is ensuring water is safe over the tens to hundreds of kilometres of pipes from the facility to the tap.

The Verdict Is In: Stop Prewashing Your Dishes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living

You have a dishwasher, so what are you doing hand-washing your dishes? Despite what you might think, prewashing your dishes won't make them any cle...

Water Is Life and We Can't Afford to Waste It

David Suzuki | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can't stand the smell. But most people won't live for more than three days without water to drink. It makes sense: our bodies are about 65 per cent water. According to the United Nations, about 750 million people lack access to safe water -- that's one in nine!

This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Maude Barlow | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever. Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter "a new geologic age" -- a "planetary transformation" akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. This is according to 500 renowned scientists brought together in Bonn at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on May 2013.

Celebrating the Water We Often Take for Granted

World Vision | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This Sunday is World Water Day. We're pretty lucky in Canada -- we don't really have to think about fresh water. When we need it, we turn on the tap and it's there. In summer we can jump into it and run through it. In winter we can glide over it or build it into sculptures. There are many amazing Canadians who refuse to take this gift for granted.

What Would I Do to Conserve Lake Erie? Rebrand it

Dan Kraus | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kraus

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. When I really thought about it, the answer became clear: if I had a million dollars to spend on Lake Erie, I'd hire a public relations firm to remake our collective perceptions and rebrand the world's 11th largest lake.

Recognizing the Heroes of Haiti's Cholera Crisis

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

You will likely never see Milsoit's face on the cover of a magazine. But on the fifth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, we believe some recognition and thanks are owed to him--and to all of those--who have spent so many years fighting a forgotten epidemic. They are true heroes.

B.C.'s Tsal'alh Becomes First Blue Indigenous Community

Maude Barlow | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maude Barlow

As of November, there were 127 First Nation communities under water advisory, with 27 communities in British Columbia alone. At any given time, there are over 100 indigenous communities under water advisories, some without clean drinking water for a shocking five, 10 or 15 years.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

As the year winds down, we often find ourselves spending more time toasting to the holidays or rushing around buying perfect gifts and less time at the gym or getting a good night's rest. If you're one of the millions of people across the country preparing to board a flight this week, here are a few ways to avoid getting sick or stressed out while travelling.

Conditions in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities are Canada's National Shame

David Suzuki | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

While Winnipeg residents enjoy clean water, the people of Shoal Lake 40 suffer from substandard water. It's an abrogation of the basic right of all Canadians to have access to clean, safe drinking water. The fact that such deplorable conditions persist in places like Shoal Lake, and in hundreds of other First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame and must be resolved immediately.