Water Governance

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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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Water Author Learns From Ontario’s Leadership In Water Conservation

Water Author Learns From Ontario’s Leadership In Water Conservation

Bob Sandford visited Waterloo and Toronto for his Ontario stop on the FLOW cross-Canada tour  and reports that Ontario is the most progressive province that he has seen so far in terms of water policy reform. Ontario’s major focus has been recognition of the importance of water to the economy, and the province has made […]

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Water Related Crises Hit Food, Clothes, Car Manufacturers

Water Related Crises Hit Food, Clothes, Car Manufacturers

An article at EnvironmentalLeader.com says that water issues caused by everything from drought to flooding have hit food and clothing manufacturers hard. “The Gap cut its profit forecast by 22 percent after the Texas drought killed much of the year’s cotton crop, Reuters said. Kraft, Sara Lee and Nestle have all announced plans to raise […]

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Northern Developments: Oil vs. Conservation

Northern Developments: Oil vs. Conservation

Today’s New York Times web site features a slideshow that highlights an emerging dilemma in Point Hope. Alaska. Climate change is melting permafrost and creating access to the enormous reserves of oil that lie under the ice cap. 13% of the world’s oil is stored in this pristine area. Not to mention minerals and precious […]

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Public Voices and Stronger Governance will help Manitoba Adapt

Public Voices and Stronger Governance will help Manitoba Adapt

ACT Water author Bob Sandford’s most recent stop on the FLOW cross-Canada tour was in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Presenters at the standing room-only forum discussed three main hydrological impacts at length: infrastructure and water quality; groundwater and contamination; and climate impacts, which are multiplying both these risks. Observations from both hydrologists and climatologists at the presentations […]

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