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OTTAWA -- The official Opposition pushed the Tories Wednesday to extend funding for the Experimental Lakes Area at least until a new operator can be found -- and failed.
More than a day after industrial waste water leaked from a Suncor Energy Inc. site into the Athabasca River, the oil-sands giant and the province were still trying to determine which, if any, toxic materials were carried into the major Alberta waterway.

Canadians used less bottled water at home and more households installed energy-efficient fixtures in 2011, Statistics Canada reports.

Winnipeg families will save enough water to fill 700 olympic swimming pools with help from non-profit contractor
By the end of this year, a non-profit contractor will have helped Winnipeg families conserve more than 1.74 billion litres of water through bathroom plumbing retrofits, enough to fill 700 Olympic-sized swimming pools
Flood season approaches and the victims of the great flood of 2011 and 2012 are understandably apprehensive. The Portage Diversion is scheduled to open this spring, creating renewed worries for everyone from Lake Manitoba to Lake Pineimuta, Lake St. Martin and the Dauphin River.

Upcoming Events

CWRA Luncheon  Save our Seine: Protecting and Improving Winnipeg’s Seine River Greenway for 23 Years
April 24th at 12:00 noon
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Speaker: Dennis De Pape, Volunteer Vice-President of Save our Seine
Denis’s presentation will describe what Save Our Seine has done and accomplished since its creation in 1990 to protect, preserve, enhance and facilitate enjoyment of Winnipeg’s Seine River Greenway, a 26km stretch of meandering river, associated riverbanks and residual upland forest that extends from the Floodway, through St. Vital and St. Boniface to the Red River. Save Our Seine’s contribution to cleaning up this garbage laden river will be highlighted. The presentation demonstrates how a grass roots environmental organization can be a catalyst for material improvements to urban waterway and its adjoining lands.

Cost: $15.00 for CWRA and SYP Members and $20.00 for Non-Members. To register, contact Janet Sabourin at  Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon, Friday, April 19th, 2013

Early Bird Registration for Canadian Water Summit: Blue Collaboration for Blue Prosperity.
June 27th, 2013 at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta
Early Bird Registration rates apply until April 30th
Who Should Attend:

  • Business professionals and investors
  • Experts in water management and technology
  • Industry associations
  • Building practitioners
  • Municipalities
  • Policymakers
  • Lawyers
  • NGOs
  • Academics
  • Community representatives
  • Watershed groups
Since 2009, the Canadian Water Summit has served as a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada.  The United Nations identified 2013 The International Year of Water Cooperation. The 4th Annual Canadian Water Summit will explore how organizations across sectors and across geographies are working together to drive innovation in water and prosperity in their communities. 
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RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study 2013
In 2008, RBC started polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water—to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing.  Since 2008, RBC has made the poll results freely available to NGOs and other interested parties. They have encouraged the broad dissemination of the data and its findings in order to help contribute to a healthy conversation about the value and vulnerability of water in Canada.

Highlights of the study include Canadians attitudes on:
Canada's most important natural resource
Water conservation behaviours
For more information, or to request a copy of the report, visit: 

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