WSP Media Highlights - 2014
The WSP's Laura Brandes authored an op-ed about watershed governance in the Cowichan watershed, as prompted by a day-long tour of the watershed in October. The article was published in Cowichan Valley Citizen on December 24th.
The WSP's Laura Brandes and Oliver M. Brandes co-authored an article profiling BC's new Water Sustainability Act for the Alternatives Journal Water Issue, released in December. The article also appeared online as an extended version, available here.
On December 7th, Water Bucket published a blog post describing the outcomes of the October 2014 Water Leaders meeting, hosted by the WSP in Victoria. The meeting resulted in a Statement of Support for BC Water Sustainability Act and Regulations, which was submitted to the Province of British Columbia in November 2014.
In anticipation of the XVth World Water Congress coming to Scotland in May 2015, OOSAKA news published an interview with POLIS Research Fellow David B. Brooks.
Water Canada published an interview on December 1st with Nadia Joe (Water Project Manager, First Nations Fisheries Council) where she discusses the benefits and barriers to co-governance of water and watersheds, and her shares her perspective on B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act.
Water Canada published an an interview on September 18th with the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes about watershed governance in B.C. In the interview, Oliver describes some of the "winning conditions" needed to enhance watershed governance in B.C. and suggests what other provinces can learn from the British Columbia context.
For this article published on September 9th, the WSP's David B. Brooks was interviewed by Yahoo Canada News to debunk some common water misconceptions and discuss the water governance relationship between Canada and the U.S.
Published on September 5th, this article from the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority (SSIWPA) Daily Archive notes the release of the WSP's Decision-Makers' Brief: A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in B.C. To read the article on the SSIWPA website, click here.
The WSP's Laura Brandes and Oliver M. Brandes co-authored an article on watershed governance and what it means for local government published in the August 2014 issue of Municipal World.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was quoted on a segment on water pricing in B.C. on CBC Radio's The Early Edition on July 28th, 2014. Listen here (water pricing segment starts at 1:50:17).
POLIS Partner and Advisor Deborah Curran (Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria) was interviewed on CBC Radio's B.C. Almanac on July 28th, 2014 about the complexities of water pricing in B.C. WSP research on conservation-oriented water pricing is mentioned.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in an article published in The Georgia Straight examining water pricing in B.C.
The July 2014 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 new Water Sustainability Act.
For its July/August 2014 issue, Water Canada magazine published an article co-authored by the WSP's Laura Brandes, Oliver M. Brandes, and Michele-Lee Moore. It outlines the growing interest in and need for collaborative watershed governance, using the Watersheds 2014 forum and WSP report A Blueprint for Watershed Governance as examples of early steps toward reshaping our socio-ecological governance framework.
This research profile was published in the July 2014 issue of Runoff, the Canadian Water Resources Association (B.C. Branch) digital newsletter. It provides a brief synopsis of the WSP research report A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia.
Water Canada magazine published an interview with Simon Courtenay (Scientific Director, Canadian Water Network) about his work with the Canadian Watershed Research Consortium (CWRC). He discusses the history and goals of the CWRC, its six research "nodes" across Canada, and how it supports cumulative effects assessments at regional and watershed levels.
On May 20th, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was interviewed about B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act on the show EcoCentric on CJLY Kootenay Coop Radio. Click below to listen to the interview.
WSP research on B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act is mentioned in this May 2014 article in The Tyee.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted an article published in The Province about the newly passed B.C. Water Sustainability Act saying, "... this is definitely a milestone worth celebrating," but, " ... there’s lots of work ahead."
In April 2014, Environment Policy and Law published this article co-authored by the WSP's Laura Brandes and Oliver M. Brandes. It examines B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act and how it might work with the recommendations put forth in the WSP's Blueprint for Watershed Governance in B.C.
The WSP's Laura Brandes authored this article in Water Canada magazine featuring the Watersheds 2014 Forum Consensus, which represents the general spirit of common understanding of values, principles, and priorities by those at the three-day watershed governance forum held in Duncan, B.C. in January 2014.
The WSP's Laura Brandes authored an article for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Living Green, a bi-annual supplement in the Times Colonist newspaper. It describes the WSP research report A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia and potential implications on B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act and water-management decision-making in the province.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted an article published in The Province about the support for the Water Sustainability Act in the B.C. legislature, and opportunities to include the public trust.
On March 17th, 2014, Patricia Marcoccia of Axiom News wrote an article, published on the Urban Matters website, about the Watersheds 2014 forum, B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act, and the potential for collaborative watershed governance arrangements in the province.
The WSP's Laura Brandes authored a summary of the Watersheds 2014 forum for the March/April issue of Water Canada magazine.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in an article published in the Cowichan Valley Citizen on February 28th about recent public opinion research on British Columbians' attitudes toward fresh water.
The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes provides comment in this article in The Province about a recent survey on British Columbian attitudes towards fresh water.
On February 24th, 2014, The Province published an op-ed co-authored by the WSP's Ben Parfitt. He discusses how the B.C. provincial government's, "dubious fixation with liquefied natural gas exports jeopardizes our irreplaceable water resources."
On February 3rd, 2014, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia published a blog post on key messages from the Watersheds 2014 forum, which was held on Cowichan Tribes territory in Duncan, B.C. in January 2014. REFBC was a core supporter of the event, which was co-hosted by the WSP.
On January 31st, the Cowichan Valley Citizen published an article about the Watersheds 2014 forum and priority watershed issues in the Cowichan watershed.
On January 23rd, 2014, Water Canada magazine published an online article about the release of the WSP report A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia.
On January 23rd, 2014 Water Canada magazine published an online article about the satellite events being hosted across the country around the live broadcast of the Watersheds 2014 forum, which was held in Duncan, B.C.
On January 23rd, the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial published an article about the Watersheds 2014 forum, with quotes from the WSP's Laura Brandes and Oliver M. Brandes.
On January 10th, 2014 Waterbucket published an online article about the satellite events hosted in communities across B.C. by the Fraser Basin Council around the live broadcast of the Watersheds 2014 forum, which was held in Duncan, B.C.