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Toronto Water looking at special tax to pay for storm water system
Toronto Water is studying whether customers should be charged a special storm water levy on top of their water bill. The levy would go to pay the costs of upgrading and updating the city’s water system, said Lou Di Gironimo, Toronto Water’s general manager.

Governments ponder how to weather the next big storm
First comes the deluge. Then the scramble to clean up. And then the hope that a flood-ravaged community won’t see a so-called “once-in-100-years” disaster for another century.

Marketing Water Rights: New Brunswick and Alberta
New Brunswick - The Fraser Institute is calling for more buying and selling of Canadian water, a change that could ensure exploration companies pay an appropriate fee for the resource.
Alberta - Most Albertans believe the province should put river health first when it comes to handing out water rights, and human consumption should take priority over businesses during a drought.

Water Warming to Boost Hydro, Nuclear-Power Costs: Study
Waterways warmed by climate change will increase electricity prices by as much as a third in southern Europe as producers struggle to cool power stations, a study showed.

Japanese regulator says radioactive water from damaged plant likely is leaking into Pacific
Japan’s nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant’s operator.

Edmonton company builds portable water treatment plants for remote areas
It may seem a stretch to move from selling home water treatment systems to building multimillion dollar mobile treatment plants, but Dave Hatala looks at it as a natural progression.

Upcoming Events

Lake Winnipeg Foundation's Walk for Water
Join us for our 5 km community Walk for Water events held in Grindstone on Monday August 5th, and in Victoria Beach, Matlock and Gimli on Sunday August 11th.
Collect pledges from family and friends to raise funds to support the Lake Winnipeg Foundation's mission

For more information, visit

Red River Basin Commission's North Chapter Micro Conference
Majestic Lake Winnipeg…..Protecting Our Communities’ Future
August 29, 2013 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Gimli, Manitoba

A hands on opportunity to find out what is going on today with the Lake, including a guided tour of the Namao, a chance to explore the New Iceland Heritage Museum and the Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre. Presenters include: Lake Friendly, Lake Winnipeg Foundation, and others.
Supper and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by August 20, 2013 to Kaylee Mestdagh, Outreach Coordinator with the Red River Basin
Commission, at (204)795-0709 or


The Gordon Foundation's Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship
The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is aimed at young northerners, especially Aboriginal northerners, aged 25 to 35, who want to build a strong North that benefits northerners. It is for those who are looking for additional support, networks and guidance from mentors and peers across the North as they deepen their understanding of important issues facing their region, and develop policy ideas to help address them.

Ten northerners will be selected to gather together three times throughout the 18-month Fellowship for learning and networking opportunities. Each Fellow will work on an individual project, delivered in the format of their choice, on a policy issue of their choice. Together, Fellows will determine a group project to present at the culmination of the Fellowship.

Apply by Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013 at

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