Water Governance

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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Peter Kent & Our Planet’s Changing Climate

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Peter Kent & Our Planet’s Changing Climate

By R.W. Sandford At the same time that Canada’s Environment Minister was in Durban, South Africa demonstrating to the world that we were no longer worthy of respect or trust as a nation in matters related to addressing the global climate problem, further evidence of the tragedy of the Harper Government’s climate policy was bubbling […]

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The Value of Long-Term Planning for Climate Change: Learning from the District of Elkford, BC

The Value of Long-Term Planning for Climate Change: Learning from the District of Elkford, BC

By Tim Shah, ACT Intern As a student of Community and Regional planning, I have come to learn and appreciate the value and strength of Official Community Plans (OCPs). An OCP is a policy framework for City Council that addresses issues such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, economic development and the natural and social environment. […]

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Valuing the Present Over the Future: An Update on Water Governance From Alberta

Valuing the Present Over the Future: An Update on Water Governance From Alberta

ACT Water report author Bob Sandford recently visited Edmonton and Calgary as part of his FLOW Cross-Canada tour, which has taken him to 16 cities in eight provinces. At each stop, he has heard stories about water of both hope and despair, while observing Canadian cities and provinces facing major challenges in water management exacerbated […]

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What We Heard From the Victoria Audience on Water Governance

What We Heard From the Victoria Audience on Water Governance

The audience in Victoria for the Victoria leg of the National Discussion Series: Securing Our Water Future, sponsored by FLOW and hosted in partnership with ACT and POLIS at the University of Victoria, raised a wide variety of water governance issues with immediate relevance for BC residents. One audience member asked about the role of […]

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Securing Our Water Future: Lessons Learned in Victoria, BC

Securing Our Water Future: Lessons Learned in Victoria, BC

Following the Vancouver event, Bob Sandford, along with panelists Jon O’Riordan and Oliver Brandes proceeded to the Victoria tour stop on November 9th. The event was held at the University of Victoria and was well attended with over 60 people in the audience, with Rod Dobell, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at the University of […]

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Focusing on Public Responses: What We Heard in Vancouver

Focusing on Public Responses: What We Heard in Vancouver

In this post we focus on the reactions from the crowd who attended the National Discussion Series: Securing Our Water Future tour stop in Vancouver, hosted by ACT at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Room. Attendance was impressively diverse; participants ranged from young students to seniors, from academic and industry experts to community members with a […]

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Water Governance and Leadership Both Needed For Water Policy Reform: An update from Vancouver

Water Governance and Leadership Both Needed For Water Policy Reform: An update from Vancouver

“The trouble with water – and there is trouble with water – is that they aren’t making any more of it” ~ Marq de Villiers We present the Vancouver water tour experience in two parts: The first, today’s blog, covers a summary of the presentations; the second (tomorrow) will discuss what the public concerns and […]

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Quebec’s vulnerable water infrastructure hinders adaptive capacity

Quebec’s vulnerable water infrastructure hinders adaptive capacity

Bob Sandford’s final tour stop in Eastern Canada was Quebec, where he visited both Montreal and Quebec City, and learned about overarching challenges facing the province in terms of water management and climate change. Despite Quebec’s rich sense of culture and progressive environmental policies, it too is facing serious water challenges. According to participants, the […]

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