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New report: Funding for Canadian’ prairies water infrastructure urgently needed, but nature offers innovative solution

PUBLISHED: 12 May 2023      Last Edited: 12 May 2023

Water Canada

Our prairie provinces’ water infrastructure—from pipes to treatment facilities—upon which millions of Canadians depend is aging and depreciating at an alarming rate. However, natural infrastructure (NI) can offer a practical and cost-effective solution, when scaled up and adopted across all levels of government. Click here to continue reading

Quebec City is enforcing tighter water restrictions

PUBLISHED: 11 May 2023      Last Edited: 11 May 2023

CBC News

With the return of warm weather, residents will be allowed to water their property one day a week only, for a maximum of two hours. The Marchand administration tightened municipal regulations for the first time last year, limiting lawn watering to two days a week with the aim of preserving its drinking water supply. It also tested the new measures during a pilot project last year. Click here to continue reading

Coastal GasLink hit with more stop work orders over water pollution concerns

PUBLISHED: 11 May 2023      Last Edited: 11 May 2023

CBC News

Coastal GasLink has been issued stop work orders on a stretch of pipeline construction for the second time in just over a week, the latest in a pattern of environmental violations for polluting sensitive waterways. The pipeline project crosses about 625 lakes, rivers, creeks, wetlands, and streams in northern B.C. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Barcelona’s beaches could vanish as authorities abandon ‘enhancement’

PUBLISHED: 11 May 2023      Last Edited: 11 May 2023

The Guardian

For the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona rediscovered the sea. It beefed up its beachfront using thousands of tons of sand, and the area is now packed with tourists and lined with beach bars. Barcelona’s beach may be partly artificial, but it’s big business. Click here to continue reading

Compare and Contrast: Impact of warmer seas on fish stocks leads to rise in pirate attacks

PUBLISHED: 11 May 2023      Last Edited: 11 May 2023

The Guardian

Dwindling fish stocks caused by the climate crisis are leading to an increase in pirate attacks, according to a new study looking at two piracy hotspots over the past two decades. Warmer seas have negatively affected fisheries in east Africa, one of the world’s worst areas for piracy; while in the South China Sea, another hotspot for attacks, it has had the opposite effect: fish populations have risen. Click here to continue reading

Canada and New Brunswick invest in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements in St. Stephen and Nackawic-Millville

PUBLISHED: 11 May 2023      Last Edited: 11 May 2023

Water Canada

Funding will support the separation of combined sewers and upgrades to underground infrastructure along several main roads in the Municipal District of St. Stephen. The work will include constructing new storm sewers, replacing existing watermains, adding several catch basins and manholes, as well as renewing the asphalt on School Street and Union Street. Click here to continue reading

Health Canada warns about the dangers of water beads for kids

PUBLISHED: 10 May 2023      Last Edited: 10 May 2023

Vancouver Sun

Health Canada is warning parents and caregivers about the risks of water beads, a toy that can grow up to 1,500 times their size when placed in water. The product, also known as jelly beads, hydro orbs, crystal soil, sensory beads or orb beads, can be fatal if swallowed or cause harm if put in the ears or nose, the agency said. Click here to continue reading

Water drops a bit near Dawson City, but flood advisories still in effect

PUBLISHED: 10 May 2023      Last Edited: 10 May 2023

CBC News

Yukon emergency officials said Tuesday the water had dropped slightly in the Rock Creek area near Dawson City, but a flood warning was still in effect for the Klondike River. A flood watch — less urgent than a warning — was also maintained on Tuesday for the Yukon River at Dawson City. Click here to continue reading

Red Deerians still waiting for disaster relief from last summer’s heavy rain

PUBLISHED: 10 May 2023      Last Edited: 10 May 2023

Red Deer Advocate

A Red Deer couple who lost the majority of their backyard in a landslide last July is still waiting for provincial funding in order to stabilize their property near Waskasoo Creek. Three landslides were reported in Red Deer on July 11 and 12, 2022 after excessive rainfall a month earlier which saturated the soil and caused some areas to drop. Click here to continue reading

Alix council wants to track visitors to its namesake lake

PUBLISHED: 10 May 2023      Last Edited: 10 May 2023

East Central Alberta Review

Alix village council wants to track visitors to its namesake lake and may be using a number of different methods to do it. The decision was made at the May 3 regular meeting of council. Councilors passed a resolution for staff to investigate methods to gather visitor input and present a report at a future meeting. Click here to continue reading