World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. We’ve compiled a list of World Water Events in Canada.
This year’s theme – Nature for Water – explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers, and lakes.
When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.
Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
In Canada, you can celebrate World Water Day by attending one of the following events:
9 Church St., Halton Hills ON, L7G 2A3
The Peel Project journeys with six artists who paddle into the Arctic Circle — A film of Art, Wilderness & Canadian Identity. The Peel highlights the landscape, culture, and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed (PRW) in Yukon/Northwest Territories and its vulnerability to mining and oil exploration —decisions that are being continuously fought.
On Thursday, March 22 from 6:00-8:30 pm, celebrate World Water Day with us at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema with FREE film screenings followed by a discussion. We have two special films lined up – a Toronto premiere and a North American premiere – both of which are saying ‘FRACK OFF!’ to oil and gas companies in the name of protecting water.
Together they provide a timely look at fracking and protecting drinking water, especially in light of recent changes to Ontario’s Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act. Timing is everything before companies stake claims; we need to follow the lead of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and New York State, which have all banned fracking in their jurisdictions.
Join us for this important discussion, before the 2018 provincial election in June, when we can all consider ways to make this crucial issue, an election issue!
Ottawa Blue Drinks Presents World Water Day
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Blue Drinks Ottawa will be hosting their third World Water Day event on March 22, 2018. This year’s theme aligns with the United Nations —Nature for Water: exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
This event will feature an engaging panel discussion and a chance to win prizes! The panelists will include James Brennan from Ducks Unlimited, Sara O’Neill from Smart Prosperity, and Eva Katic from the National Capital Commission.
Free pizza and networking will start at 5pm. The speakers will begin at 6pm.
Register in advance as seats are limited.
Location: Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street, Auditorium
World Water Day Waterloo
Science Teaching Complex, University of Waterloo
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join members of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University for their 9th annual World Water Day event.
The event includes a keynote address by the Water Brothers, Alex, and Tyler Mifflin.
Professor John Hartig will facilitate an expert panel discussion on green infrastructure.
There will also be a student poster symposium on infrastructure and urban planning, water policy and governance, aquatic ecology and toxicology, and hydrological and atmospheric science.
Enjoy a free lunch and refreshments. After the event, participate in a casual networking wrap-up at the Huether Hotel.
Please register for this free event here.
Halifax, Tuesday, March 20 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Public town hall event at Saint Mary’s University, Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building, 923 Robie St., Halifax, NS (Map)
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Prairies and NWT
Brandon/Westman, March 19-23, events organized with the Assiniboine Food Forest
- Monday, March 19: City council presentation to become a Blue Community. 7:00 pm, City Hall in Brandon
- Tuesday, March 20: Time for Awareness tv taping on how Europe handles its water by one of our Chapter members, WCG TV in Brandon
- Wednesday, March 21: Town Hall – Become a Water Warrior. 7:00 pm, Rowe Theater at BU
- Thursday, March 22: Presentation of Maude’s book to our MP, not sure of the time, and meeting with Brandon Friendship Center and Aboriginal Elders re water problems on reserves. 7:00 pm, Larry Maguire’s Office – Unit B 658 10th St. in Brandon
- Friday, March 23: Movie night – Blue Gold. 7:00 pm, 5 Rowe Theater at BU
Medicine Hat, Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Screening Water On The Table at the Medicine Hat Public Library.
Also hosting a Blue Communities information table March 22 at the library.
Organized by South Eastern Alberta Water Alliance, Grassland Naturalists, City of Medicine Hat
March 22nd, doors open at 5:30pm
Come celebrate World Water Day with Green Calgary. Guest speakers from The City of Calgary will discuss the role of nature-based solutions in addressing our current water management challenges. In this 60 minute talk, you will learn about challenges faced by the Bow River Watershed, and how The City is taking an integrated watershed management approach to ensure we have a healthy, resilient watershed. In particular, the role of healthy riparian areas in supporting a resilient watershed will be discussed, including the ecosystem services provided by this green infrastructure. The role of bioengineering in managing and protecting riparian areas will be highlighted, including showcasing a City/Provincial partnership project that is being implemented on the Bow River in Inglewood in 2018.
NAIT Shaw Theatre
11762 106 St. NW, Edmonton
How can we reduce floods, droughts & pollution? By using the solutions we already find in nature.
Dr. Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health
Jerry Hanna (Clearflow Group Inc.), Dr. Greg Goss (University of Alberta), Dr. Diana Steinhauer (Saddle Lake Cree Nation), Dr. Garry Drachenberg (Associated Engineering)
Networking Reception, Exhibits, International Fundraiser
Learn more at yegwater.ca
Please register for this free event.
NWT, Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Double screening of One River/Many Relations and Water Warriors in Yellowknife’s Northern United Place Auditorium. Guest speaker and water activist Brenda Dragon will provide remarks on her activities to preserve the quality of Slave River downstream from the Tar Sands and the Site C Dam on the upstream Peace River. Organized with Ecology North.
Saturday, June 16 to Thursday, June 21
Resources for Future Generations 2018 (RFG 2018) is the first international conference dedicated to the availability of resources needed to sustain future generations.
Led by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), RFG 2018 will bring together academia, government, and business to tackle the issue of the ever-increasing demand for resources, as well as the changes in the delivery of existing ones.
RFG 2018 will attract a diverse group of Canadian and international stakeholders, with interests related to energy, minerals, water and the earth. More than 5,000 delegates and 120 exhibiting companies from North America and around the world are expected to participate.
Wednesday, June 20 to Friday, June 22
Canadian Water Summit’s 9th annual three-day event is focusing on knowledge to practice and applying science, policy, and research to the blue economy.
On top of the dynamic program featuring a variety of speakers, the event will include:
- young professional skills training
- a women in water networking reception
- field excursions
- live theatre
- dynamic exhibitor sessions
- water’s next awards gala
The event will be hosted in Vancouver at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.
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