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.
A group of citizens known as GET Concerned, who have hired an environmental lawyer, have raised questions about the amount of well-water the company is expected to use and the potential safety hazard of having a furnace on the site that runs year-round.
After nearly two years in the making, Canada has finally enacted the ban on microplastics in toiletries. As of July 1st, the manufacture, import, and sale of most toiletries that contain microbeads are all banned. Product exceptions include natural health products and over-the-counter drugs.
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.
Flooding in New Brunswick, drought in the Prairies, disappearing permafrost in the North, and the oceans creeping up on our coasts - the reality of a changing climate in Canada is becoming harder to ignore, and the United Nations has stated that it is the biggest systematic threat to humanity.
Most Canadians agree that reserves in their provinces are generally in bad shape and that the Indigenous people living off reserves in their provinces face a more difficult set of circumstances than their non-Indigenous neighbours.
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.
A group of residents in west Saint John is calling on the province's integrity commissioner to order the city and the Department of Environment to immediately release documents related to their new water source as many continue to deal with hard water, leaking pipes and costly repairs.
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.
Eight schools that reported test results this year found lead levels more than 100 times higher than the safe standard, according to data obtained by the Star. Schools are required to take steps to address high lead levels when they’re detected.
Nearly 120 million cubic metres of untreated sewage and runoff entered Canadian waterways in 2016, StarMetro has learned. That’s roughly the same amount of water that roars over the edge of Niagara Falls over the course of 12 hours — except it’s not whitewater spewing from these pipes. It’s murky, brown and a little bit chunky.
A study by Ontario researchers suggests real-time monitoring technology at water treatment plants on reserves could significantly reduce the number of drinking-water advisories issued for First Nations across the country.
Let’s put it this way: unless the water systems that are installed have an effective way of getting fixed and maintained, they won’t last. Installing the plumbing is not the big problem. Keeping it up and running is—and we need to make sure Indigenous people are the people who can do it.
For the past 14 years, Colville Lake, N.W.T. has been under a boil water advisory.The reason isn't due to lack of access to a water treatment plant or proper training to operate it — the community doesn't bother to send water samples to the territorial government for sampling because residents believe their water is clean enough to drink straight from the lake.
A Saskatchewan mayor whose city's water supply was interrupted for several weeks following a Husky Energy Inc. oil pipeline leak in July 2016 says he hopes environmental charges announced Monday act as a deterrent for other pipeline firms.
Students at McGill University soon won’t be able to buy bottled water from vending machines as the university rolls out a campus-wide ban. The step, which falls in line with World Water Day, will eliminate the sale of about 85,000 water bottles each year.
"No one should have to worry if the water is clean or if they will run out of water," Peltier said in her speech. "No child should grow up not knowing what clean water is or never know what running water is. "We all have a right to this water as we need it — not just rich people, all people."
Canada has an abundance of water for its size: It has 0.5 per cent of the world’s population but seven per cent of the world’s renewable freshwater supply. From a global perspective, most Canadians are lucky, but the messages that emanate from academic and popular literature often paint an unsettling picture.