Media Highlights

The WSP team welcomes requests from media on issues relating to its research themes, including water conservation, water sustainability, and watershed governance. To get in touch with WSP researchers and spokespeople, please contact Laura Brandes, Communications Director, at communications@polisproject.org or 250-721-8189.

To view the WSP’s archived media highlights—including newspaper articles, magazine articles, radio interviews, and TV spots—click on the links below.

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

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