WSP Media Highlights - 2012
Co-authored by Karena Shaw (Associate Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria) and the WSP's Ben Parfitt, this op-ed focuses on the crucial need for publicly available data on water use and greenhouse gas emissions before proceeding with massive gas exports in B.C.
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On December 11th, Environment Probe (a division of the Energy Probe Research Foundation, a Toronto-based environmental and public policy research institute) published an article that highlights findings from the POLIS and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives research report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC's Water and Energy Resources.
On December 10th, The Guardian published an article featuring the work of the WSP. It includes quotes from an interview with Oliver M. Brandes discussing four big trends emerging in global water governance today.
On December 3, 2012, the WSP's Ben Parfitt was interviewed about the new report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC’s Interlinked Water and Energy Resources on CKNW Radio's The Bill Good Show.
On November 26th, Nanaimo Daily News published an article that highlights some of the positive case studies showcased in the POLIS and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives research report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC's Water and Energy Resources.
This op-ed was co-authored by the WSP's Jesse Baltutis and Ben Parfitt. It draws on the research report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC's Interlinked Water and Energy Resources to describe the crucial importance of considering the close interconnections between our water and energy resources, especially in the face of mounting pressures such as population growth, climate change, and water-intensive industrial activities.
To download a PDF file of the article click the links below.
On November 15th, Vancouver Sun published an article that highlights findings from the POLIS and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives research report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC's Water and Energy Resources.
On November 15th, the WSP's Jesse Baltutis was interviewed for an article in the Metro News. The article highlights findings from the POLIS and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives research report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC's Water and Energy Resources.
The WSP's Laura Brandes and Oliver M. Brandes co-authored an article in the November 2012 issue of Municipal World magazine. Drawing on the POLIS handbook Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada's Communities, the article describes the importance of looking beyond the current concept of stormwater management towards one that treats rainwater as a valuable resource.
The WSP's Carol Maas was interviewed on water-sensitive design and water-efficient homes for this November/December 2012 issue article in Water Canada.
In October, Oliver M. Brandes was a panellist at the sixth-annual State of Island Economic Summit, held in Nanaimo, B.C. This article, published by Waterbucket, summarizes his presentation at the "Water Sustainability as Vancouver Island Grows" session.
For a September 21st article, the WSP's Ben Parfitt was interviewed by Water Canada magazine about the water-energy nexus in British Columbia and priorities looking forward.
The WSP's Laura Brandes authored an article for the Fall 2012 issue of BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA)'s quarterly Watermark magazine. The article focuses on POLIS' June 2012 public lecture on "navigating our water future" and options for water governance reform in B.C.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed on the importance of urban waterways for this August 12th Ottawa Citizen article.
In July 2012, Toronto Star and Calgary Herald published an op-ed co-authored by WSP researcher Jesse Baltutis and Canadian water expert Bob Sandford. Drawing on the research report Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future, the article describes current risks to Canada's fresh water, and the need for a national water strategy.
On July 17th, Vancouver Sun published an op-ed co-authored by WSP researcher Ben Parfitt, which critiques B.C.'s propsed LNG development projects.
The WSP's Carol Maas and Patrick Gilbride co-authored an article about the water soft path approach that York Region is taking with its water strategy. The article was published in the July/August 2012 issue of Water Canada magazine.
On June 18th, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed on CFAX 1070 radio, promoting POLIS' international lecture and discussion event "Navigating Our Water Future: Lessons from Australia and Europe," held at the University of Victoria the evening of June 18th.
The WSP report Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future (released May 2012) was the focus of an article published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on May 28th. The article discusses the need for a provincial water strategy in Saskatchewan.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes and Laura Brandes co-authored an article exploring the future of watershed governance in Canada for the May/June 2012 issue of Water Canada magazine.
The Spring–Summer 2012 issue of Living Green: A Resource Guide for Sustainable Living (a regular supplement in Victoria's Times Colonist newspaper) quotes the WSP's Communications Director, Laura Brandes, in an article about stormwater management.
On World Water Day 2012, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed on Victoria's CFAX Radio by talk show host Murray Langdon. Click below to listen to the interview.
On February 14, 2012, the Vancouver Sun published an op-ed by WSP research associate Ben Parfitt. The column highlights the complex interconnections and interdependencies between water and energy in B.C.
The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC website highlighted the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes in an article about the necessity of collaborative watershed governance, stemming from the January 2012 conference "A Water Gathering: Collaborative Watershed Governance in BC and Beyond."
On February 6, the Vancouver Sun published an op-ed about the importance of collaboration in water governance. The piece was co-written by the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes, David Marshall (Founding Executive Director, Fraser Basin Council), and Anna Warwick Sears (Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board).
The POLIS Water Sustainability Project is honoured to be a featured project in Water’s Next 2012. Water’s Next is an annual publication of Water Canada magazine that highlights significant contributions to Canada’s waterscape. The article was published on January 10th.