News archive - August 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

Canada gets serious about water woes. Will Indigenous voices be heard?

Even resource-rich Canada faces threats to its water. The dawn of a new water agency has put a new focus on the role that Indigenous people can play in solutions.

The aim of a new Canada Water Agency, which is expected to be running by 2022, is to modernize water policy amid pressures from climate change. But proponents say it is also an opportunity to put Indigenous communities at the heart of governance – restoring agency and fairness in water policy while also making smarter policy.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Water Institute member develops online training videos

River Wading screen shot

Image from the online River Wading Safety video.

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged professors to pivot to new methods and channels for research, education, and training.

Water Institute member William (Bill) K. Annable, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, accepted the challenge, and over the past year, has developed a series of videos sharing his river hydraulics, hydrology and environmental monitoring expertise.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Water Institute member awarded Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) funding to investigate Biofilms as Bioreactors

Clinton Creek Chrysotile Mine, Yukon

Water Institute member Jenine McCutcheon, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has secured funding for a new project from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Backed by the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, McCutcheon’s research will investigate Biofilms as Bioreactors: Using Microbial Processes to Sequester Carbon and Remediate Metals in Mine Waste Materials.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Water Institute members awarded Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Funding

The Grand River

Congratulations to Helen Jarvie, professor of Water and Global Environmental Change, and professor Merrin Macrae, both from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, on being awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), for their project: "Multi-Element Signatures to Trace Nutrient Sources, Pathways and Processes: From Field to Watershed Scales."

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Cross-university project gives academics the chance to reflect on how to prepare tomorrow's sustainability leaders

This article originally appeared on the Faculty of Environment's website.

Water Institute member and SERS professors, Sarah Elizabeth Wolfe and Christine Barbeau, are leading a collaborative research program that recently received a $200,000 SSHRC Partnership Development grant to study how fear and awe influence how students learn about and respond to climate change.

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