WSP Media Highlights - 2011
The Fall 2011 issue of The Grand, the newsletter of the Grand River Conservation Authority, highlights the POLIS Water Sustainability Project report A Soft Path Strategy for Fergus-Elora, Ontario, including an interview with Innovation & Technology Director Carol Maas, and describes the potential for a successful soft path approach in the Grand River watershed. A PDF copy of the newsletter can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The article "The Soft Path to saving water" by Janet Baine is found on pages six and seven.
A profile of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, authored by POLIS' Laura Brandes, was published in the July 2011 issue of Runoff, BC-CWRA's digital newsletter. A PDF copy of the newsletter can be downloaded below. The POLIS profile is on pages nine and 10.
Oliver M. Brandes was recently invited to serve on the Council of the Federation Water Partner Advisory Committee (WPAC) to provide advice to its Water Stewardship Council (WSC).
Comprised of one senior government official from each province and territory, the Council of the Federation established the WSC in 2011 to:
- provide information and strategic advice to Premiers on key trends, issues and opportunities related to Canada’s water resources; and
- promote and, where appropriate, implement the commitments of the 2010 Council of the Federation Water Charter.
The WPAC includes representation from across Canada and from various sectors. Its members will provide advice to the WSC and offer a linkage to current, non-governmental water activity.
For more information on the Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Council and Water Partner Advisory Committee, please click here. For the official, June 14, 2011 press release on the establishment of the WSC and WPAC, please download the PDF below.
Oliver M. Brandes discusses freshwater governance in The Hill Times. The article, "Environment commissioner anticipates federal action to improve freshwater monitoring," is part of a series of Water and Oceans Policy Briefings.
To read the article on The Hill Times website, please click here.
To download a PDF copy of the article, reprinted with permission from The Hill Times, please click below.
Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt reviewed Making the Most of the Water We Have: The Soft Path Approach to Water Management in the March 2011 issue of Canadian Water Resources Journal stating, "This book provides a fresh perspective on tackling water management issues and is a “must read” for anyone involved in managing water resources."
Edited by POLIS' David B. Brooks and Oliver M. Brandes, and environmental consultant Stephen Gurman, Making the Most of the Water We Have was published by Earthscan in 2009. The soft cover edition was released in March 2011.
The full CWRJ review can be found here.
POLIS WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in this Kelowna Capital News article, "Water ‘IQ’ should be determined before suggesting changes" from his participation in a World Water Day panel discussion organized by the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
Carol Maas describes the importance of embracing a new vision of water stewardship in York Region as a member of the Long Term Water Conservation Strategy advisory panel.
Oliver M. Brandes' presentation, "Thinking like a watershed: the future of water law and governance in B.C. and beyond," is profiled in the University of British Columbia Okanagan News. This talk was presented as part of the UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series and highlights the trends and challenges around water management, law, and governance.
WSP Project Leader, Oliver M. Brandes, talks with Mark Forsythe, host of CBC's BC Almanac, about the need for an updated provincial Water Act, the British Columbia Water Act Modernization process, and POLIS WSP's recent submission in response to the Government's Water Sustainability Act Policy Proposal.