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Fuel contamination concerns continue to cloud Iqaluit’s drinking water. Here’s why

PUBLISHED: 25 January 2022

Global News

The small city of Iqaluit is facing a water challenge again after traces of fuel were found in the Nunavut capital’s drinking water last week. A precautionary boil water advisory issued Wednesday is in place and the city has shut down its water treatment plant because a breach in the system is suspected to have caused Iqaluit residents to smell fuel in their water. Click here to continue reading

Oldman River’s low water levels adding stress to ecosystem: experts

PUBLISHED: 22 October 2021

Global News 

As Autumn wanes on, those walking past the Oldman River in Lethbridge may have noticed the water isn’t as plentiful as it usually is. According to experts, the province’s hot and dry summer is partially to blame. Click here to continue reading

 

Canadian Forces to be deployed to help tackle Iqaluit’s water crisis

PUBLISHED: 22 October 2021

CBC News 

The Canadian Armed Forces will be stepping in to help with the water crisis in Iqaluit. The city has been in a state of emergency since Oct. 12, when staff confirmed evidence of fuel contamination in the city’s treated water supply. Residents have been told the water is unsafe to drink even if it’s filtered and boiled. Click here to continue reading

 

Water shortages are a major risk of climate change. Alberta may already be seeing warning signs

PUBLISHED: 21 October 2021

CBC News 

Canada’s Prairie provinces use lots of water for industry and could be hit particularly hard, experts say. “We’re already in the climate catastrophe era,” said James Byrne, a geography professor at the University of Lethbridge who has studied climate change for more than 30 years. No part of the globe or this country is immune from the effects of climate change. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Rains delay wheat planting, autumn grain harvest in China

PUBLISHED: 21 October 2021

The Western Producer 

Constant rains in recent weeks have delayed wheat planting in main production regions in China, a government official said on Wednesday. China had completed 26 percent of winter wheat planting across the nation by October 19, slower by 27 percent than normal years, due to constant rains since September, according to Pan Wenbo, head of the planting management division under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: At least 150 dead in flooding and landslides in India and Nepal

PUBLISHED: 21 October 2021

The Guardian

More than 150 people have died in devastating floods across India and Nepal after some of the heaviest rainfall in over a century triggered flash flooding and landslides. In the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, at least 46 people died and 11 were missing after record-breaking rainfall caused by cloudbursts, an intense deluge of rain, on Monday and Tuesday. Click here to continue reading

Iqaluit forced to medevac patients out of territory as water crisis hits hospital

PUBLISHED: 21 October 2021

CTV News 

Iqaluit is being forced to medevac patients out of the territory as its only hospital suffers the effects of the water contamination crisis. Iqaluit’s state of emergency has been extended until October 27 by the Department of Health, after testing showed a high concentration of fuel in a tank that supplies water to the city last week. As a result, hospital workers are unable to properly wash their hands or sterilize equipment. Click here to continue reading 

Alberta glacier suffered record melt this year — but researchers suggest it will get worse

PUBLISHED: 20 October 2021

CBC News 

The Saskatchewan Glacier in Banff National Park melted by more than 10 metres in the past year, researchers say. Melting this summer even surpassed observational records that date back much longer, Menounos said. The rapid melting was caused, in part, by the early heatwave in June. Temperatures in the Canadian Rockies soared above 40 C during the longest days of the year, so there was less time for temperatures to drop. Click here to continue reading 

To be resilient, the Canadian Prairie needs lots of wetlands: researchers

PUBLISHED: 20 October 2021

Western Producer

In the Canadian Prairies, wetland drainage has resulted in the loss of more than 40 percent of natural wetlands. The impacts associated with this drainage are largely unmitigated. The removal of wetlands through drainage reduces the capacity for water storage on the land and can increase the magnitude and frequency of downstream flooding. These impacts may be exacerbated in the future, as more intense weather events become increasingly common. Click here to continue reading

Council expected to move quickly on returning fluoride to Calgary’s water

PUBLISHED: 20 October 2021

Calgary Herald

With so much of the councillors-elect in favour of either water fluoridation or abiding by Monday’s vote, a notice of motion will likely come forward sooner than later, said Ward 9’s Gian-Carlo Carra. City council will likely move quickly to ratify results of Monday’s plebiscite that favoured returning fluoride to Calgary’s water, say some newly elected lawmakers and advocates. Click here to continue reading 

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