The City of Saint John will not provide an update on how much its long-awaited "safe, clean drinking water" system will cost. A CBC news right-to-information request reveals that the figure isn't publicly available. The request resulted in 2,100 pages of documents about the project, with most records of price blacked out.
The agreement reached between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Canadian province of Manitoba sets up a team with Canadian representation to oversee treatment and monitoring of the river water, and among other duties help develop an emergency response plan. The team also is to have representatives of the state and federal governments south of the border, and is to meet at least once a year.
A recent article listing the popular destination as one of the dirtiest beaches in the world could keep people away from the beach if the weather improves. Word of its water quality issues is spreading.
“The Insider” is an online publication that compiles travel tips and information from different groups who travel the world. It has lumped the New Brunswick attraction with others from Senegal to India and Hawaii as among the most polluted on the planet.
Glenn Harris, senior manager of environmental protection, said the region risks losing the social and economic benefits of Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park without efforts to improve water quality. “Overall, water quality in the lakes is declining and with cyanobacterial [blue-green algae] blooms increasing in frequency and duration in Elk and Beaver Lakes, the risk to health of humans and pets and park use is rising,” said Harris.
A watershed board focused on protecting Lake of the Woods is calling on Manitoba's provincial government to reduce the amount of phosphorus running into the basin. The organization wants the governments of Manitoba, Ontario and Canada to commit to an 18.4 per cent reduction in phosphorus loads to improve the health of the water body.
A Lunenburg-based conservation group is due to begin testing the town’s harbour for sewage contamination by the end of June. The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation has been contracted by the Town of Lunenburg to conduct weekly fecal bacteria testing of the town’s historic port through to the end of fall. The non-profit group proposed the same service last year to the town, which ended up balking at the price tag and decided to manage testing of the harbour in-house, says Brooke Nodding, executive director of Bluenose. The cost of the water monitoring program is $15,000.
Tellingly, Ms. Philpott publicly declared last fall that her department’s mandate is to make itself “obsolete” by empowering Indigenous groups to gain long-asked-for independence in providing services to their own communities. It’s clear that the goal is to assist First Nations to expand their role in operating and maintaining their own water systems.
His legs had wasted away. Numbness in his fingers made it impossible for him to write or button a shirt; he opened bottles of painkillers with his mouth. He was losing sight in his right eye; the hearing in one ear was already gone. He’d leave his home only every two weeks, strapped on a gurney to be transported to the Queensway Health Centre for an intravenous immunoglobulin treatment. He went for the last time in late April.