WSP Media Highlights - 2012

Op-Ed—More data needed in natural-gas debate
December 2012
Times Colonist, Georgia Straight

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.

To read the op-ed online please click:
Times Colonist, December 15, 2012
Geogia Straight, December 20, 2012

To download a PDF file of the article click the links below.

BC think-tanks call for conservation-oriented water pricing—Article by Environment Probe
December 2012
Environment Probe

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.

Global water governance trends show move away from private ownership—Article in The Guardian
December 2012
The Guardian

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.

Ben Parfitt on CKNW Radio
December 2012
CKNW

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.

Harmac and RDN garner praise for resource management—Article in Nanaimo Daily News
November 2012
Nanaimo Daily News

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.

Op-Ed—B.C. must get serious about its water supply
November 2012
The Province, Georgia Straight, The Tyee

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 read the op-ed online please click:
The Province, November 15, 2012
Geogia Straight, November 19, 2012
The Tyee, November 20, 2012

To download a PDF file of the article click the links below.

B.C. needs greater scrutiny of industrial water use, report says—Article in Vancouver Sun
November 2012
Vancouver Sun

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.

Study: Water resources in B.C. reaching a ‘crisis point’—Article in Metro News
November 2012
Metro News

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.

Peeling Back the Pavement—Article in Municipal World
November 2012
Municipal World

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.

Building Blue: Forging a path to reduce the residential water footprint—Article in Water Canada
November 2012
Water Canada

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.

CAVI Forum at Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) Summit—Article on Waterbucket
October 2012
Waterbucket

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.

Interview: Ben Parfitt on the water-energy nexus—Article in Water Canada
September 2012
Water Canada Magazine

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.

Navigating Our Water Future—Article in BCWWA's Watermark Magazine
September 2012
Watermark

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.

Ottawa River cleaner than many capital rivers around the world—Article in Ottawa Citizen
August 2012
Ottawa Citizen

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed on the importance of urban waterways for this August 12th Ottawa Citizen article.

Op-Ed—Canadians thirsty for a national water strategy
July 2012
Toronto Star

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.

Op-Ed—LNG projects make no sense
July 2012
Vancouver Sun

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.

Plenty of Room at the Table—Article in Water Canada
July 2012
Water Canada magazine

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.

Oliver M. Brandes Promotes POLIS Lecture on CFAX
June 2012
CFAX 1070

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.

Water strategy promoted for province—Article in The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
May 2012
The Saskatoon Star Phoenix

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.

Think Like a Watershed: How would watershed governance change if we made decisions from an ecosystem perspective?—Article in Water Canada Magazine
May 2012
Water Canada

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.

Restoring Urban Fish Streams—Article in Times Colonist Publication
April 2012
Living Green: A Resource Guide for Sustainable Living (a Times Colonist publication)

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.

Oliver M. Brandes on CFAX Radio
March 2012
CFAX 1070—Straight Talk with Murray Langdon

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.

Op-Ed—Slow and easy will win energy race
February 2012
Vancouver Sun

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.

Learning to Think Like a Watershed—Article on The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC website
February 2012
The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

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."

Op-Ed—Learning to Think Like a Watershed
February 2012
Vancouver Sun

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).

POLIS WSP Featured in Water's Next 2012—Article in Water Canada
January 2012
Water Canada magazine

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.

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