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Wave of the Future: Water Policy in Western Canada

This is the third webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2011/2012 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Upcoming webinars are listed below.

WEBINAR SUMMARY

Across North America, and indeed around the world, water is increasingly being recognized as critical to social, economic, and ecological prosperity. In this webinar, the guest speakers will examine emerging water policy trends and challenges and what they mean for western Canada.

Drawing on the outcomes of the Honourable James A. Richardson Discovery Roundtables (held in cities across western Canada in spring 2011), guest speaker Dr. Roger Gibbins will discuss western Canada’s current water challenges and priorities for the future. In particular, he will describe the overall western outlook, including the similar set of issues and priorities identified in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Speaker Oliver M. Brandes will then focus on current water policy developments in British Columbia, exploring what makes a modern water act and the potentially significant implications of B.C.’s Water Act Modernization process for the rest of the country.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Dr. Roger Gibbins
President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

Oliver M. Brandes
Co-Director and Water Sustainability Project Lead
POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria

**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications (at) polisproject (dot) org

POLIS Dispatch – Winter 2011

The Winter 2011 POLIS Dispatch provides updates on POLIS research and activities, and profiles our core team of associates. Within the newsletter you will find a significant list of forthcoming POLIS publications, as well as featured publications, recent special assignments, and highlighted outreach activities. Read the Winter 2011 POLIS Dispatch.

Read the Spring 2011 POLIS Dispatch.

Global Interdependence and You, CFGS Symposium

Where: First People's House and Centre for Global Studies (Sedgewick Building), University of Victoria

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance participated in this symposium, which kicked off International Education Week at the University of Victoria. The event began with a two-hour lecture event at the First People's House, and was followed by an open house at the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) where CFGS staff were available to discuss their work, as well as potential opportunities to get involved with CFGS. Students, faculty and staff, as well as the general community were all invited, and food and beverage were provided. To read the event poster and participant biographies click here.

 

Peeling Back the Pavement: Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada's Communities

 

 

This is the second webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2011/2012 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Upcoming webinars are listed below.

Webinar Summary

The majority of Canada's communities manage stormwater runoff in a way that is not sustainable in the long term. Flooded streets and basements, degraded urban streams, increasing impacts of a changing climate, and expensive drainage infrastructure that demands constant maintenance are all evidence that we must learn to better integrate the water cycle into urban areas. Rethinking the way we deal with rain and snowmelt in our cities means replacing conventional “pipe-and-convey” systems with an approach that recognizes rainwater as a valuable resource while, at the same time, reducing runoff volume and improving runoff quality. One of the greatest challenges to reinventing rainwater management is the fragmented responsibility for fresh water across and within jurisdictions. Peeling back the pavement in Canada’s urban communities will mean addressing issues of governance and decision making.

Providing both ecological and political perspectives, the guest speakers will discuss the need for a new paradigm of rainwater management in Canada’s urban environments and outline positive policies and initiatives already underway in communities across the country and beyond.

This webinar marks the launch of Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities, a new publication from the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the fourth instalment in its water sustainability handbook series for local governments.

Guest Speakers

Susanne Porter-Bopp, Community Water Coordinator, POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Lead Author ofPeeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities

Patrick Lucey, Senior Aquatic Ecologist and President, Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd.

**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications (at) polisproject (dot) org

Past and Upcoming Webinars

September 28, 2011
What Canada Can Learn from EU Water Governance
with Émilie Lagacé, Inger Weibust, and Ralph Pentland
*To view archived webinar click here*

January 19, 2012
Water Policy in Western Canada
with Roger Gibbins

March 7, 2012
Watershed Governance in the 21st Century
with Oliver M. Brandes

May 2012
The Water-Energy Nexus
with Ben Parfitt

 

Shared Water, One Framework: What Canada Can Learn from EU Water Governance

This is the first webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2011/2012 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Upcoming webinars are listed below.

Webinar Summary

When it comes to water management, both Canada and Europe face the challenges of jurisdictional fragmentation, unclear responsibilities, and disconnected governance. In 2000, the European Union applied a collaborative approach to water management driven by an ambitious policy: the EU Water Framework Directive.

The guest speakers will discuss the benefits of collaborative water governance and summarize lessons learned from the EU that could be applied in Canada. They will compare water pollution control in the EU and Canada and discuss how more effective environmental regulation and environmental management can contribute to economic opportunities.

If you are interested in reading Shared Water, One Framework (a February 2011 briefing note from the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW)) before the webinar please click here.

Guest Speakers

Émilie Lagacé, 2009 Gordon Water Fellow
Ralph Pentland, Co-Chair Canadian Water Issues Council (CWIC) and Member of Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW)
Inger Weibust, Assistant Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications (at) polisproject (dot) org

Upcoming Webinars

October 2011
Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada
with Susanne Porter-Bopp

January 2012
Water Policy in Western Canada
with Roger Gibbins

March 2012
Watershed Governance in the 21st Century
with Oliver M. Brandes

May 2012
The Water-Energy Nexus
with Ben Parfitt

"Cancun, and more Consequential C Words"

 On November 29th the Tyee published an editorial opinion written by Michael M'Gonigle, Principal with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance & Eco-Research Chair and Louise Takeda, Researcher with the POLIS Project.  The op-ed looks at climate change and how we can change the terms of discussion.  View the full article.

"BC Perspectives on Freshwater" Op-Ed

November 2010

Vancouver Sun

As the years flow by, access to fresh water is quickly becoming one of the world's most critical concerns.  That is perhaps a fact not much acknowledged in water-rich Canada or out on its wet Coast.  Nevertheless the recently released McAllister Opinion Research public opinion poll commissioned by the Vancouver Foundation and WWF Canada confirms that indeed British Columbians as a whole see the coming challenges surprisingly clearly. Read the full Op-Ed here.

Worth Every Penny Learning Lunch Workshop

A CAVI Event will be held on September 9th, 2010 in Nanaimo on the topic of conservation-based water pricing. This will be an introduction to conservation-oriented pricing for the West Coast - how water service providers can use price as a tool to improve financial performance and community water use efficiency.

For further information, see http://www.poliswaterproject.org/presentation/358

Waterbucket Features "Worth Every Penny" Report

September 2010

"Water pricing is a hot issue in communities across the country. Yet it remains an almost totally untapped option for helping ensure our water service infrastructure -- the pipes, pumps and reservoirs -- is well maintained and up to date," states Kirk Stinchcombe, co-author of Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing.

Sustainable Service Delivery is another emerging issue in BC. Changing and/or additional demands mean the local government workload is expanding. Local governments are being challenged to maintain and/or replace existing infrastructure over time and to ‘do more with less’.

Part of the rollout to stimulate a national dialogue on sustainable water management, the Nanaimo Water Pricing Workshop program is a unique blend of research and practice.

To learn more about the program or to download a registration form see http://www.poliswaterproject.org/story/363

The Public Trust and a Modern BC Water Act

In June 2010 Water Sustainability Project leader, Oliver M. Brandes, and Randy Christensen released a briefing note examining the use of the Public Trust Doctrine in British Columbia Water Law. Proactively adopting the public trust as part of the Water Act modernization process allows the BC Government to implement the doctrine in a comprehensive and efficient way that is best suited to decision making processes and existing Living Water Smart priorities.

Download briefing note