WSP Media Highlights - 2013

Kettle River Q&A: Thinking Outside the Box—Article in Castlegar Source
December 2013
The Castlegar Source

WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to "think outside the box" when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.'s Kettle River watershed.

Op-Ed—Stormwater utility a step in the right direction
November 2013
Times Colonist

On November 24th, 2013, the Times Colonist published an op-ed by the WSP's Laura Brandes. She discusses the importance of moving from a system of stormwater management to one of rainwater management, and how the City of Victoria's new stormwater utility is a step in the right direction.

Oliver M. Brandes Discusses B.C. Water Act on CFAX Radio
October 2013
CFAX 1070

On October 28th, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed on CFAX Radio about the Province of B.C.'s proposed new water legislation. He discusses strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. Click below to listen to the interview.

Oliver M. Brandes Interviewed on CKNW
October 2013
CKNW Radio

On October 19th, 2013, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed about British Columbia's proposed new water legislation on CKNW Radio's "The World Today Weekend" with Sean Leslie. Click below to listen to the interview.

Oliver M. Brandes Comments in Sing Tao Daily
October 2013
Sing Tao Daily

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes provided comment on B.C.'s proposed new water legislation in this article in the Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese-language paper.

New water proposal out on Friday—Article in The Province
October 2013
The Province

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes provides comment in this article in The Province about the release of a legislative proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act by the B.C. provincial government.

WSP's Ben Parfitt on CBC News Vancouver
October 2013
CBC News Vancouver

On October 18th, 2013, the WSP's Ben Parfitt appeared on the CBC News Vancouver 6 o'clock news. In the segment on B.C.'s proposed new Water Sustainability Act, Ben says that the changes to groundwater regulations don't go far enough.

Interview: Tim Morris on B.C.'s Freshwater Movement—Article in Water Canada
September 2013
Water Canada Magazine

Water Canada magazine published an interview with Tim Morris (Principal, Morris Consulting & Co-Author, The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia) about B.C.'s nascent freshwater movement. He discusses the steps that must be taken to further this movement and the biggest challenges along British Columbia’s path to becoming a global leader in freshwater protection. To download a copy of the Water Canada interview click the link below.

World watching how B.C. wrestles with how to protect drinking water—Article in The Province
September 2013
The Province

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes provides comment in this article in The Province on B.C.'s Water Act modernization process and potential lessons to be learned from other jurisdictions.

'Trust' clause a must in Water Act, lawyer says—Article in The Province
August 2013
The Province

On August 24th, 2013, The Province ran an article about the vital importance of including the legal concept of the "public trust" when updating the B.C. Water Act. The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in the article, commenting on how the public trust doctrine is becoming increasingly common and established in modern water legislation.

The B.C. Government trusts Nestlé with the province's fresh water—Article in Vice
August 2013
Vice

On August 24th, 2013, Vice magazine published an article about the lack of groundwater regulations in British Columbia and the need for an updated B.C. Water Act. The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted.

POLIS Featured in REFBC Blog
August 2013
Real Estate Foundation of BC blog

On August 22nd, 2013, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia published the blog post "Building knowledge and capacity in the BC water movement." Drawing on the POLIS/REFBC report The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia, the piece describes the emerging water movement in the province, and challenges to B.C. becoming a global leader in freshwater protection.

Op-Ed—B.C.’s water problems bigger than Nestlé
August 2013
Vancouver Sun

On August 22nd, 2013, the Vancouver Sun published an op-ed co-authored by the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes and water consultant Tim Morris. Drawing on the recent media buzz around B.C.'s lack of groundwater regulation, the authors ask if B.C.'s "great groundwater giveaway [is only] the tip of the freshwater iceberg?" and discuss the need for the Province to update its Water Act.

WSP's Oliver M. Brandes Quoted in The Province
August 2013
The Province

On August 21st, 2013, The Province published the article "Water pressure building on B.C. gov't." The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in the piece, discussing the recent attention in the media to the lack of groundwater regulation in B.C., and the potential for this to mobilize the provincial government regarding modernizing the B.C. Water Act.

POLIS Report Featured in Real Estate Foundation of BC Blog
August 2013
Real Estate Foundation of BC blog

On August 16th, 2013, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia published the blog post "Who are BC's water leaders?" Drawing on the POLIS/REFBC report The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia, the post describes the people and organizations that make up B.C.’s water community, including the POLIS Project.

WSP's Ben Parfitt Quoted in The Province
August 2013
The Province

On August 14th, 2013, The Province published the article "The ‘Wild West’ of groundwater: Billion-dollar Nestlé extracting B.C.’s drinking water for free." The WSP's Ben Parfitt is quoted in the piece, discussing the need for mandatory reporting of groundwater withdrawals in the province.

WSP's Oliver M. Brandes Quoted in The Province
August 2013
The Province

On August 6th, 2013, The Province published the article "Plenty of good, clean water in B.C.? 8 things you don't know about our water." The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in the piece, discussing groundwater regulation and the modernization of B.C.'s Water Act.

The Water-Energy Nexus: Our Common Future—Article in Municipal World
August 2013
Municipal World

The WSP's Jesse Baltutis authored an article in the August 2013 issue of Municipal World magazine. Drawing on key messages from the POLIS/Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives publication From Stream to Steam, the article describes the interconnections between water and energy production, and lays out priority emerging challenges in British Columbia.

Op-Ed—Water withdrawal stats run dry
July 2013
Vancouver Sun, The Province, Times Colonist

The WSP's Ben Parfitt authored an op-ed about the critical need for the Province of British Columbia to monitor and publicly report data on groundwater withdrawals. Currently, B.C. has no comprehensive groundwater regulation, and major water users, including Nestlé Waters Canada, are not required to obtain a permit or report their water withdrawals.

To read the op-ed online, please visit
Vancouver Sun, July 29th, 2013
The Province, August 2nd, 2013
Chilliwack Times, August 6th, 2013
Campbell River Mirror, August 8th, 2013
Times Colonist, August 28th, 2013

B.C. Could Be a Global Leader in Freshwater Protection: Report—Article in Water Canada
July 2013
Water Canada

Water Canada magazine published an article on the key messages and findings from the POLIS/REFBC report State of the Water Movement in British Columbia, which was released in July 2013. To download a PDF of the article, click the link below.

CEO blog: State of the Water Movement in BC
July 2013
Real Estate Foundation of BC CEO blog

Jack Wong, CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC), published a blog post about the release of The State of the Water Movement in BC, co-published by POLIS and REFBC. Download a PDF of the blog post at the link below.

CFAX Radio—WSP's Oliver M. Brandes on Freshwater Leadership in B.C.
July 2013
CFAX 1070—House of Common with Frank Stanford

On July 17th, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed on CFAX Radio about freshwater leadership and decision-making in B.C., drawing on the POLIS/REFBC report The State of the Water Movement in British ColumbiaClick below to listen to the interview.

Weighing two new proposed paths for protecting our water—Article in The Tyee
July 2013
The Tyee

On July 17th, The Tyee published an article discussing the findings of two major reports on the security of our water—The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia, co-published by POLIS and the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Canadian Environmental Indicators - Water, published by the Fraser Institute. To download a PDF of the article, click the link below.

Interview: Linda Sheehan on Rights of Waterways—Article in Water Canada
June 2013
Water Canada Magazine

In advance of the WSP's webinar "Giving Nature a Voice: Legal Rights of Waterways," Water Canada magazine interviewed Linda Sheehan (Executive Director, Earth Law Center) about the idea of rights of waterways. She discusses examples from around the world, what steps Canada can take, and the need to recognize "...the inherent rights of the natural world ... to ensure the collective well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants." To download a copy of the Water Canada interview click the link below.

Water profits spilling into private hands—Article in Richmond News
June 2013
Richmond News

On June 13th, 2013, the Richmond News published an article featuring the POLIS/CCPA report Counting Every Drop and the report's key message that the Province of British Columbia should be exercising more control over companies and industries seeking to profit from water.

POLIS/CCPA Report Featured in Local News Articles
June 2013
Alaska Highway News, Dawson Creek Daily News

On June 12th, 2013, the Alaska Highway News and Dawson Creek Daily News published the article "B.C. should model water after DC," which highlights the POLIS/CCPA report Counting Every Drop. The article focuses on charges to industrial water users, and the approach taken in the City of Dawson Creek as compared with the Province of British Columbia.

To read the article online visit:
Alaska Highway News, June 12th, 2013
Dawson Creek Daily News, June 12th, 2013

To download a PDF copy of the article, click the links below.

Questions on how water used, abused—Article in Globe and Mail
June 2013
Globe and Mail

On June 12th, 2013, the Globe and Mail published an article featuring the POLIS/CCPA report Counting Every Drop and the need for better water monitoring and reporting in B.C.

Op-Ed—B.C. needs to better monitor water consumption
June 2013
Times Colonist

On June 11th, 2013, the Times Colonist published an op-ed written by the WSP's Ben Parfitt about the need for better water-use reporting in B.C.

To read the article online, please click here. To download a PDF of the article, click the link below.

On June 16th, 2013, a response to the op-ed was published.

Op-Ed—It's long past time to modernize B.C.'s Water Act
June 2013
The Province, Comox Valley Echo, Coquitlam Now, Prince George Citizen

The WSP's Ben Parfitt authored this op-ed about the critical need to "... bring [B.C.'s] water legislation into the 21st century."

To read the op-ed online, please visit
The Province, June 11th, 2013
Prince Geoge Citizen, June 17th, 2013
Comox Valley Echo, June 18th, 2013
Coquitlam Now, June 26th, 2013

To download a PDF copy of the article, click the links below.

On June 13th, a response to the op-ed was published in The Province.

Industry not paying fair share for water—Article in The Tyee
June 2013
The Tyee

On June 11th, 2013, The Tyee published an article featuring the POLIS/CCPA report Counting Every Drop, focusing on how the Province of British Columbia is missing out revenue by charging large companies, including those in the natural gas industry, too little for the water they use.

New report critical of water management in BC—Article on 890CJDC
June 2013
890CJDC

On June 11th, 2013, the WSP's Ben Parfitt spoke on 890CJDC about the POLIS/CCPA report Counting Every Drop. A summary of the radio interview is posted online. To download a PDF of the article, click the link below.

WSP's Oliver M. Brandes Quoted in Water Canada
May 2013
Water Canada Magazine

The May 2013 Water Canada article "Canada, In Brief" provides a policy snapshot of priorities and key issues across Canada's provinces and territories. The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in the article, discussing British Columbia's Water Act modernization process.

WSP's Jesse Baltutis on Evolution Radio
May 2013
Evolution 107.9

On May 9th, the WSP's Jesse Baltutis was interviewed on the Evolution 107.9 show "For the Record." He discussed current priority water issues in Canada and globally. Evolution 107.9 is a student-run station at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  

Workshop aims to engage stakeholders in process of lakeshore management
May 2013
The Lake Cowichan Gazette

Published on May 3rd, this article in the Lake Cowichan Gazette describes a recent shoreline management workshop held in Lake Cowichan, B.C. The two-day workshop engaged key stakeholders and explored ways to manage Cowichan Lake to protect ecosystem health. The WSP's Laura Brandes attended, participating on behalf of the POLIS team.

Oliver M. Brandes Quoted in Chilliwack Times
April 2013
Chilliwack News

In an April 25th article in the Chilliwack Times, "Majority of candidates will talk, but not sign, online water declaration," the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes comments on candidates in the provincial election not signing an online declaration about water protection released by the not-for-profit water conservation group WaterWeath.

Interview: Deborah Curran on Water Entitlements in British Columbia—Article in Water Canada
April 2013
Water Canada Magazine

Water Canada magazine published an interview with Deborah Curran (Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability, University of Victoria Faculty of Law) about water entitlements in B.C. She discusses some of the points made in the discussion paper When the Water Dries Up: Lessons from the Failure of Water Entitlements in Canada, the U.S., and Australia co-authored with the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes. To download a copy of the Water Canada interview click the link below.

How to Modernize BC's 100-Year-Old Water Act—POLIS Research in Article in The Tyee
April 2013
The Tyee

On April 12th, The Tyee published an article co-authored by POLIS Faculty Advisor Deborah Curran. The article features WSP research and discusses the need to update B.C.'s Water Act.
 

The water-energy nexus—Article in International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine
April 2013
International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine

The April 2013 issue of International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine 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. The article can be found on pages 42 to 45 in the digital magazine.

WSP's Jesse Baltutis on CFAX Radio for World Water Day
March 2013
CFAX 1070—House of Common with Frank Stanford

On World Water Day 2013, the WSP's Jesse Baltutis was interviewed on the CFAX 1070 radio show House of Common with Frank Stanford. Click below to listen to the interview.

Op-Ed—Fresh water the future of British Columbia
February 2013
Vancouver Sun

On February 14th, 2013, the Vancouver Sun published an op-ed co-authored by Oliver M. Brandes and Anna Warwick Sears (Okanagan Basin Water Board). The article discusses the crucial need to update British Columbia's Water Act this legislative session to ensure it is effectively addressing current water challenges.

To read the article online, please click here.

To download a PDF copy of the article, click the link below.

Op-Ed—Feds need to do far more to protect watershed lands
January 2013
Hill Times

The WSP's Jesse Baltutis, Oliver M. Brandes, and Ben Parfitt co-authored this op-ed for the Hill Times about the important steps government should be taking to protect watershed lands.

To read the article online, please click here.

To download a PDF copy of the article, click the link below.

Michele-Lee Moore Interview in Water Canada Magazine
January 2013
Water Canada

The WSP's Michele-Lee Moore was interviewed by Water Canada magazine's Kerry Freek about her research on how transboundary relationships can benefit watershed-based organizations. Click here to read the article online. To download a PDF copy of the article click the link below.

From Stream to Steam Profiled in CWRA Runoff
January 2013
BC-CWRA Runoff Newsletter

An article by the WSP’s Jesse Baltutis on the research report From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC's Interlinked Water and Energy Resources was published in the January issue of the Canadian Water Resources Association (B.C. Branch) newsletter.

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