Canada Water

More Ice Doesn't Mean Water Levels Have Stopped Declining

David Sweetnam | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.16.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.19.2014 | 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.

7 Reasons To Keep Hydrated

Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Every doctor, dietitian, fitness expert, and parent says the same thing: Drink more water. If you're one of those people who aren't convinced of hydra...

Are We Headed for a National Water Crisis?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Thousands of us undoubtedly spent this Canada Day weekend playing in or simply lounging by our abundant oceans, lakes and rivers. Water is part of our national identity. Canada contains as much as 20 per cent of the entire world's fresh water supply. It's our birthright and our national treasure. But we might not be as rich as we think. The granddaughter of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau told us we're headed for a water crisis because we're not taking care of our inheritance.

A Canadian Crusader Fights for the Oceans

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Rob Stewart's whole life changed the day he found the "curtain of death." In 1999, Stewart was 22 and enjoying a carefree existence as an underwater photographer and filmmaker. "I was selfish before. I was just travelling, photographing animals, thinking I had the best job in the world," he told us.

First Nations Youth Walk For Clean Water

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Acadia Solomon just wanted to swim with her friends. Unfortunately the signs posted last year at her favourite swimming spot were clear: it was not safe to swim in or drink the water. So when she heard about a group of First Nations youth walking from Winnipeg to Ottawa to speak out about the "killing" of our nation's lakes and rivers, no power in the world was going to stop her from joining them.

Does Toronto Airport Plan Hijack Obama, Wynne Vision for the Great Lakes?

Krystyn Tully | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Krystyn Tully

"To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage." - Confucius Hear that sound? That's a collective murmur rippling across Toronto in the wa...

Canada Was Wrong To Withdraw From Desertification Treaty

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Many voices have since weighed in on Canada's decision to quit the Convention to Combat Desertification, citing facts and figures; however the voices absent from the debate are those of the estimated two billion people watching their livelihoods dry up with the land.

Canada Water Week: How Can Canada Lead the World in Global Water Management?

Bernadette Conant | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada
Bernadette Conant

Canada is well-positioned to be a global leader in water management with a significant portion of the world's freshwater supply. In order for Canada to lead, we need to approach water challenges from a new perspective -- one that recognizes sustainable water management as a value, not as a cost.

We Don't Need "Co-Operation" -- We Need Water Justice

Maude Barlow | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

The United Nations has just named 2013 the year of water co-operation. Those of us who have been fighting privatization packaged as "partnerships" and deregulation promoted as "corporate sustainability" are naturally skeptical. The UN should instead launch a year of water justice.

Don't Slip Up -- Choose the Right Lube For You

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

One of the best ways to increase your pleasure capacity is to add a little liquid love with lubricant. However, the navigation through the vast sea of anti-chaffing could become easily distracting and overwhelming. Here's my quick guide to the basic rules of lubricant that will help you glide on down to pleasure town with ease.

Adventure Based Learning Brings Botswana, B.C. Youth Together

George Agnes | Posted 03.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
George Agnes

I've seen thousands of experiments conducted in my day. But nothing prepared me for the ultimate educational experiment — watching seven youth each run 180 kilometres across Botswana's Kalahari Desert to better understand the value of something we take for granted here in the Pacific Northwest: water.