News archive - April 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Canada's Earth Day assessment: A look at our record on energy consumption, pollution (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News)

The world was first introduced to Earth Day on Apr. 22, 1970, when an estimated 20 million Americans attended rallies around the country and helped clean up their local communities.

More than 40 years on, the event has turned into something of a global phenomenon, a time to stop and think about the Earth and our impact on it.

In preparation for this year's Earth Day, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News has compiled some statistics on energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, water consumption and waste to assess Canada's impact on the environment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Measuring what matters: national index finds a permanent home at University of Waterloo (Waterloo Chronicle)

By Charlotte Prong Parkhill, Chronicle Staff

What if every time Canadians heard a news report about the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) or the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), they also heard the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)?

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing has a new home at the University of Waterloo, and the network is setting out to prove that measuring quality of life is just as important as measuring money.

Indicators are powerful. What we count matters,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Canada's environmental path could jeopardize long-term quality of life (Canada Newswire)

Clear warning signs of potential threats to our environment and wellbeing

Waterloo - April 7 Canadian News Wire (CNW) - Soaring greenhouse gasses, increasing waste generation and energy use, declining stocks of large fish species, and shrinking water supplies in parts of the country - are offsetting gains like reduced air pollution emission levels, good water quality, and healthy forest bird populations, said a new Environment Report released today by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Waterloo chosen as new home of comprehensive index of Canadian wellbeing

Waterloo (Thursday, April 7, 2011) - The University of Waterloo, long known for innovation and as an international leader in health promotion, has been selected as the natural home of a comprehensive index that measures the wellbeing of Canadians.

The Honourable Roy Romanow joined campus leaders to officially launch the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) Network at University of Waterloo. He also presented a new CIW report on Canada's environmental path and its effect on long-term quality of life.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Romanow: Canadians need to pay more attention to environmental threats (Canadian Press)

Toronto - Canadians need to counter some serious environmental threats to the country and planet or there will be consequences for their well-being, says the chair of the advisory board of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW).

A CIW environment report released Thursday says greenhouse gas emissions have risen 24 per cent since 1990, and nearly 20 per cent of kids — a fourfold increase over the past two decades —experience respiratory diseases like asthma.

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