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What is ActionH20?

ActionH2O seeks to harness a grassroots collective effort to develop new conservation and efficiency-based approaches to water management that are adopted by local governments. This bottom-up effort has HUGE potential to change how water is managed across the whole country! The goal of ActionH2O is to work with 20 cities and towns across Canada over the next 1½ years to identify locally relevant solutions and opportunities for action on water conservation. Using “How To” handbooks and primers, cutting-edge research, a Water Sustainability Charter Toolkit, and a unique visual-based resource that outlines the full application of best water practices called "Canada’s Bluest City", and the ingenuity of grassroots groups across the country, ActionH2O will bring a comprehensive suite of water conservation planning and action resources to the doors of Canadian communities.

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Greening Canada’s game: Manitoba looks at recycling shower water for ice rinks

Manitoba hockey players, figure skaters and curlers could soon be among the first in Canada to play on ice made from recycled shower water.

The province is looking at a pilot project that would see the Winnipeg arena where Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Toews played hockey as a child convert its shampoo and sweat-laced waste water into ice for five of its skating rinks.

If the project is successful, the province would like to expand the concept to include all Manitoba ice skating — and even curling — rinks. Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said Manitoba is the first province to look at recycling so-called grey water this way.... Read more »

Groups protest proposed environment spending cuts

A number of organizations are warning that proposed cuts by the federal government to environment-related spending will have a detrimental effect on the country's freshwater.

"The departure of dozens of scientists and technicians could hamper Canada's ability to protect our water supplies across the country," reads an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that was posted on the website of the Council of Canadians.

The letter, signed by nearly 50 organizations, including the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Union of Public Employees, cited $1.6 billion in overall cuts related to the environment, $222 million in reductions specifically at Environment Canada and the elimination of 1,211 jobs.

The letter's numbers appear to be based on proposed cuts released from the Treasury Board earlier this year before the recent federal election and budget.... Read more »

Mixed results for Calgary in recent green city survey

Calgary is getting top marks for its water conservation, but a failing grade for air pollution.

According to the Siemens' Green Cities Index, Calgarians consume 429 litres of water per person, per day.  

That is well below the average of 587 litres.

However, when it comes to nitrogen oxide emissions, Calgarians pump out more than 50 kilograms per person each year; twice the index average.

Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada John Bennett says he's not surprised that Calgary is doing a great job managing water use because local politicians realize it's a resource that is dwindling.

Bennett says the survey also shows Calgary's love affair with the automobile.

He says we can rein in their air-polluting ways by stopping urban sprawl and improving public transit.
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Federal Government Needs to Establish Joint Review Panel on Oil and Gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Media Advisory, June 16, 2011

Halifax, NS - Sierra Club Canada applauds a recent request by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) for federal environmental assessment of oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“The Gulf is bounded by five of the ten Canadian provinces, and supports a shared  ecosystem that is home to endangered species like the magnificent blue whale,” says Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club, “The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has asked for the federal government to become involved because of appeals of groups and individuals from all around the Gulf. The only valid way to address these concerns is to create a review panel with representation from all provinces and Aboriginal leaders.”... Read more »

Studies at odds over water levels in Great Lakes

Two new studies have thrown everything we thought we knew about the missing water of the Great Lakes into question, again.... Read more »


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