WSP Media Highlights - 2015

Op-ed—Putting sustainability in B.C.’s new water law
December 2015
Vancouver Sun

On December 4th, Vancouver Sun published an op-ed co-authored by POLIS researchers which discusses how BC's Water Sustainability Act can reach its full potential.

California's Dry Advice—Article in Alternatives Journal
December 2015
Alternatives Journal

The WSP's Laura Brandes authored an article highlighting what BC can learn from California's drought and recent groundwater reform, which appeared in the December 2015 issue of Alternatives Journal.

Rosie Simms Discusses BC's Water Sustainability Act and new POLIS research on Kootenay Co-op Radio
November 2015
CJLY Kootenay Co-op Radio

On November 24th, the WSP's Rosie Simms was interviewed about BC's new Water Sustainability Act and the POLIS report Awash with Opportunity for CJLY Kootenay Co-op Radio's EcoCentric.

Rosie Simms on putting the "sustainable" in BC's new water law on CFAX 1070
November 2015
CFAX 1070

The WSP's Rosie Simms discussed what is needed to put the "sustainable" in BC's new Water Sustainability Act with CFAX 1070's Café​ Victoria on November 21st.

Deborah Curran Discusses B.C.'s New Water Pricing Rates on CBC Radio
November 2015
CBC Radio

On November 17, Deborah Curran (POLIS Partner and Advisor) spoke with CBC Radio's BC Almanac about the new POLIS publication Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of B.C.'s New Water Law and BC's new water pricing rates. The segment begins at 30:00.

B.C. government criticized for water-rates 'flip-flop'—Article in The Province
November 2015
The Province

This article on water pricing, published in The Province on November 15th, cites the WSP research report Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of B.C.'s New Water Law and quotes the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes.

Putting the “Sustainable” in B.C.’s New Water Law—Article in Water Canada
November 2015
Water Canada

On November 16, Water Canada published a blog post authored by the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes and Rosie Simms, which draws on the WSP research report Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of B.C.'s New Water Law.

What does "sustainable" mean when it comes to BC's fresh water?—Article in The Ring
November 2015
The Ring

On November 16th, UVic's The Ring published a news post co-authored by the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes and Rosie Simms which profiles the WSP report Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of B.C.'s New Water Law.

About That New Water Act: What We Still Need—Article in Rossland Telegraph
November 2015
Rossland Telegraph

On November 16th, Rossland Telegraph published a blog post, which profiles the POLIS report Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC's New Water Law.

David B. Brooks reviews Governing Trasboundary Waters—Article in Water International
November 2015
Water International

The WSP's David B. Brooks authored a book review of Governing transboundary waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous communities, published in the November/December 2015 issue of Water International.

Interview: Dream Team Behind the Mackenzie Basin Agreements—Article in Water Canada
October 2015
Water Canada

Water Canada published an interview on October 20th with Merrell-Ann Phare (Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources) and the Honorable J. Michael Miltenberger (Minister, Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Northwest Territories) where they discuss lessons learned from the recent negotiation of water management agreements for the Mackenzie Basin.

What Canada can learn from California’s drought and groundwater laws—Article in Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine
October 2015
Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine

The WSP's Randy Christensen, Oliver M. Brandes and Rosie Simms co-authored an article on lessons Canadian communities can learn from California's drought, published in the September/October 2015 issue of Environmental Science & Engineering.

City of Desert Plants? Even in Victoria, City of Gardens, people are trimming water use—Article in Vancouver Sun
September 2015
Vancouver Sun

Oliver M. Brandes (WSP Lead) was quoted in a Vancouver Sun special report on water use reductions in the Capital Regional District, published on September 20th.

New law gives B.C. more authority involving water use—Article in Multiple Newspapers
September 2015
Vancouver Sun, Times Colonist

On September 14th, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was quoted for an article critiquing B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act, published by Vancouver Sun and Times Colonist. The article is first in a series exploring water law issues in the province. To read the article online, visit:

Vancouver Sun, September 14th

Times Colonist, September 14th

Adequate funding required for sustainable management of BC’s Water Resources—Article on Water Bucket Blog
August 2015
Water Bucket Blog

On August 11, Water Bucket published a blog post sharing key points from an op-ed on water pricing co-written by the WSP's Deborah Curran and Oliver M. Brandes, which was published on July 20 by Vancouver Sun.

Op-ed—Rock-bottom snowpack an early warning of water issues
July 2015
The Province

The WSP's Rosie Simms co-authored an op-ed encouraging the Province to take a proactive approach to water management in light of the current drought situation, published on July 29 by The Province.

Oranges and Apples? Lessons for BC from California Groundwater Reform—Article in BCWWA's Watermark Magazine
July 2015
Watermark

The WSP's Randy Christensen and Oliver M. Brandes co-authored an article exploring lessons for BC from California's recent groundwater reform, which appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA)'s quarterly Watermark magazine.

Op-Ed—Managing B.C.’s water resources: We have a long way to go before water rents attract international trade claims
July 2015
Vancouver Sun

The WSP's Deborah Curran and Oliver M. Brandes co-authored an op-ed discussing B.C.'s proposed water rental rates and NAFTA concerns, published on July 20 by Vancouver Sun.

Reverse Course: Changing our minds about water—Article in Pique Magazine
July 2015
Pique Magazine

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes and Deborah Curran are quoted in a Pique Magazine article overviewing water issues in B.C., published on July 19.

Randy Christensen discusses BC groundwater law reform and current water restrictions on CKNW
July 2015
CKNW

On July 19th, Randy Christensen (Research Associate, POLIS Project; lawyer, Ecojustice) discussed BC groundwater law reform and water restrictions on The Sean Leslie Show on CKNW. 

The Value of Water on the West Coast — And Why California Is So Screwed—Article in Vice News
July 2015
Vice News

The WSP's Savannah Carr-Wilson is quoted in a Vice News article critiquing B.C.'s proposed water pricing, published on July 17.

Interview: An environmental law professor’s take on B.C.’s pricing of groundwater—Article in The Globe and Mail
July 2015
The Globe and Mail

On July 16, The Globe and Mail published an interview with the Deborah Curran (POLIS Partner and Advisor) where she discusses B.C.'s proposed pricing of groundwater.

Rosie Simms Discusses what BC can learn from California's drought on CKNW
July 2015
CKNW

On July 9th, the WSP's Rosie Simms discussed what BC can learn from California's drought and recent groundwater law reform on The Sean Leslie Show on CKNW Radio.

Interview: Rosie Simms on water conservation in BC—Segment for CTV Vancouver Island
July 2015
CTV Vancouver Island

On July 8th, CTV Vancouver Island interviewed WSP researcher Rosie Simms for a news segment on water restrictions in BC's Capital Regional District.

Have Your Say: How can we each conserve more water this summer?—Article in The Globe and Mail
June 2015
The Globe and Mail

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was quoted in an article sharing water conservation tips, published on June 30th by The Globe and Mail.

Apples and oranges? Lessons for B.C. from California’s drought and groundwater law reform—Article in Water Canada
June 2015
Water Canada

On June 28, Water Canada published a blog post authored by the WSP's Laura Brandes, which draws on the WSP's report California's Oranges and B.C.'s Apples? Lessons for B.C. from California Groundwater Reform.

Op-Ed—Apples and oranges? Lessons for B.C. from California’s drought and groundwater law reform
June 2015
Vancouver Sun

The WSP's Randy Christensen and Oliver M. Brandes co-authored an op-ed about what B.C. can learn from California's drought, published on June 19th by Vancouver Sun.

Interview: Laura Brandes on public engagement in the development of B.C.'s Water Sustainability Act—Article in Water Canada
June 2015
Water Canada

On June 16th, Water Canada published an interview with the WSP's Laura Brandes, where she discusses the opportunities and challenges for the public to influence water law reform.

California's drought offers Canada lessons in crisis prevention—Article in CBC News
June 2015
CBC News
The water wars begin in parched California, as the rich fight drought restrictions—Article in National Post
June 2015
National Post

WSP research is highlighted in an embedded video as part of a National Post article, published on June 16th, about imposed water restrictions in California.

Rosie Simms Discusses what BC can learn from California's drought on CFAX 1070
June 2015
CFAX 1070

On June 13th, the WSP's Rosie Simms discussed what BC can learn from California's drought and recent groundwater law reform on the show Cafe Victoria with Bruce Williams on CFAX 1070.

Don't disregard the value of water—Article in Multiple Newspapers
June 2015
Times Colonist and Kelowna Daily Courier

On June 12th, Times Colonist published an editorial referencing the WSP's report California's Oranges and B.C.'s Apples? Lessons for B.C. from California Groundwater Reform. The article also ran in Kelowna Daily Courier on June 14th. To read the article online, visit:

Times Colonist, June 12th

Kelowna Daily Courier, June 14th

 

Interview: Randy Christensen on what BC can learn from California's drought—Live with Global BC TV
June 2015
Global BC TV

On June 11th, Global BC TV held a live interview with Randy Christensen (Research Associate, POLIS Project; lawyer, Ecojustice) about what BC can learn from California's drought.

Rosie Simms Discusses what BC can learn from California's drought on CFAX 1070
June 2015
CFAX 1070

On June 11th, the WSP's Rosie Simms discussed what BC can learn from California's drought and recent groundwater law reform on the show The House of Common with Frank Stanford on CFAX 1070.

What B.C. Can Learn From California's Drought—Article in Multiple Newspapers
June 2015
The Rossland Telegraph, The Nelson Daily News, The Castlegar Source

The WSP's Laura Brandes authored an article—published in June by The Rossland Telegraph,The Nelson Daily News, and The Castlegar Source—profiling the WSP's report California's Oranges and B.C.'s Apples? Lessons for B.C. from California Groundwater Reform.To read the article online, visit:

The Rossland Telgraph, June 10th

The Nelson Daily News, June 10th

The Castlegar Source, June 12th

Water experts urge B.C. to take a lesson from California drought—Article in Multiple Newspapers
June 2015
The Province, Times Colonist

Findings of the WSP's new report California's Oranges and BC's Apples? Lessons for BC from California Groundwater Reform are discussed in this June article, published by The Province and Times Colonist, which includes commentary from several POLIS researchers. To read the article online, visit:

The Province, June 9th

Times Colonist, June 10th

Interview: Steve Litke on Sustainable Financing for Watershed Governance—Article in Water Canada
May 2015
Water Canada

Water Canada published an interview on May 25th with Steve Litke (Senior Program Manager, Watersheds and Water Resources, Fraser Basin Council) where he discusses alternative water and watershed governance arrangements and sustainable, long-term funding.

Water Sensitive Urban Design: Reflections by Australia's Peter Coombes about the journey Down Under to a resilient future–Article in Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC Newsletter
May 2015
Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC Newsletter

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in this Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC Newsletter article, published on May 5th.

“How do we design and implement new paradigms to achieve more sustainable and resilient outcomes?"–Article on Waterbucket Blog
May 2015
Water Bucket Blog

On May 4th, Water Bucket published a blog post celebrating the 10th anniversary of the milestone 2005 Achieving Water Balance Workshop, which includes an interview with the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes.

Prices, Water and Innovation? The potential of BC's new water rentals system—Article in BCWWA's Watermark Magazine
May 2015
Watermark

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes authored an article exploring water licence pricing opportunities, which appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA)'s quarterly Watermark magazine.

Water levels and ecosystems around Golden affected by climate change—Article in The Golden Star
April 2015
The Golden Star

The WSP's Natasha Overduin authored an op-ed exploring key water issues in Golden, BC, published in the Earth Day insert of The Golden Star

Oliver M. Brandes Discusses what BC can learn from California's Drought on CBC News
April 2015
The Early Edition

On April 22nd, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes discussed what BC can learn from California's drought on the show The Early Edition with Rick Cluff on CBC Radio. The interview runs from 02:20:44 to 02:28:20.

Interview: Randy Christensen on Groundwater Management in BC and California—Article in Water Canada
March 2015
Water Canada

Water Canada published an interview on March 23rd with Randy Christensen (Lawyer, Ecojustice Canada and Research Associate, POLIS Project) where he discusses the water parallels and key issues for groundwater management in British Columbia and California.

Op-Ed—Water-supply problems raise citizen awareness
March 2015
Times Colonist

WSP researchers Jesse Baltutis and Natasha Overduin co-authored an op-ed, published on March 18th by Times Colonist, which outlines key challenges and opportunities for B.C. communities and freshwater groups as they pursue healthy, clean water. 

Outrage boils over as B.C. government plans to sell groundwater for $2.25 per million litres—Article in Multiple Newspapers
March 2015
The Province, Times Colonist

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in this March article, published by The Province and Times Colonist, which critiques B.C.'s proposed groundwater pricing. To read the article online, visit:  

The Province, March 9th

Times Colonist, March 8th

What Can Canadian Cities Learn From São Paulo's Water Crisis?—Article on Vice
March 2015
Vice

On March 6th, Vice published an article detailing the São Paulo water crisis, relating it to water scarcity issues in Canada. The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted.

Flashback to 2005: "Convening for Action in British Columbia" initiative launched 10 years ago—Article on Waterbucket
February 2015
Waterbucket

Waterbucket published an article reflecting on the who and what of "Convening for Action in British Columbia," the provincial initiative that was launched in 2005 to support innovation on-the-ground. The contributions of the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes to shaping the initiative are noted.  

Province raising prices but not 'selling' water with new rate schedule—Article in The Vancouver Sun
February 2015
The Vancouver Sun

On February 10th, The Vancouver Sun published an article expressing critics' concerns about B.C's new water pricing structure. The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted.

Oliver M. Brandes discusses water law and governance on CFAX 1070
February 2015
CFAX 1070

On February 5th, the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes discussed the future of water law and governance on the show The House of Common with Frank Stanford on CFAX 1070.

Companies will now have to pay for B.C.’s groundwater - but is it enough?—Article in The Province
February 2015
The Province

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes was quoted in a February 5th article published by The Province, which critiques B.C.'s new water pricing structure.

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