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There will be floods — and Ontario’s not ready for them

TVO / Tim Alamenciak / 20 February 2018

The audience at the Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning Workshop sat silently as the rug was pulled out from under them.

Municipal and provincial staff — many of them forecasters and emergency managers — were gathered at a Brampton conference centre to hear Gord Miller, Ontario’s former environmental commissioner, talk about climate change. What he had to say challenged many of the established practices and assumptions that had guided their careers.

His point was this: climate change has altered the fundamentals of the weather system. All of our old predictions — which were used to build thousands of kilometres of road, drainage pipe, and sewers — are inadequate. The changes to the weather system are so profound that old models and methods can’t accurately predict what’s going to happen; new models predict catastrophes so great that preparing for them could lead to bankruptcy.

“I don’t think here in Canada we understand what’s coming,” said Miller during the talk. “We have no predictability any more. One has to look from the perspective that all culverts are undersized. All sewers are undersized.”


Floodplain Mapping Update proposed

City of Brockville / 10 November 2017

Project Description

Review and update floodplain mapping for Buell’s and Butler’s Creeks.

Project Rationale

The City’s creek systems react relatively quickly to rainfall and snowmelt events. There are several areas where homes and businesses are close enough to the creeks to be potentially vulnerable during flooding events. Applying improved mapping technology to a larger database of creek flow records, and taking into consideration recent developments will result in greater accuracy in comparison to the 1997 floodplain mapping. The project would be jointly funded by the City, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and Public Safety Canada (conditionally approved through the National Disaster Mitigation Program)


How climate change is already costing you money

TVO / Patrick Metzger / 01 November 2017

It’s been understood for decades that greenhouse gases, produced largely by humanity’s infatuation with fossil fuels, are heating up the planet. However, in spite of 2017’s startling tally of hurricanes, wildfires, and other weather disasters, there remains a widespread misperception — exacerbated by poor media coverage of the climate change connection — that we’re facing a relatively minor problem that won’t hit hard for years, if ever.

This idea is wrong for all kinds of reasons, some of them profoundly alarming. However, even for those so far insulated from the worst of climate-related catastrophe, climate change is already hitting us where it counts — our wallet.


South Nation wants new flood map

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 19 September 2017

The South Nation Conservation authority has applied for federal money to map the flood-prone areas along the St. Lawrence River from outside of Cornwall to Brockville.

The money under the National Disaster Mitigation Program would update 25-year-old floodplain maps based on the evidence from this year’s record flooding, according to Sandra Mancini, the authority’s engineering team lead.

She told Augusta township council the mapping would cover the corridor between the 401 and the St. Lawrence River.

Mancini said the survey, done by airplane, would use electronic technology that plots the topography of the strip along the river. The information would allow the authority to map the areas that would be in danger of flooding when the river spills its banks.


Stormwater scorecard added to toolkit

Green Communities Canada / GCNews / Issue 906: August 2017

The updated and redesigned Soak It Up! Toolkit includes a new feature: a Stormwater Scorecard to help communities assess progress to date and identify priorities for further action. GCC developed the scorecard in partnership with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and the Our Living Waters Network, supported by a grant from Tides Canada and Mountain Equipment Coop.

The toolkit outlines 16 actions municipalities can take to reduce runoff and runoff pollution, provides examples of what communities are doing, and offers insights from practitioners about what works and what doesn’t.

The approaching crisis: Is the world running out of water? / Nick Whigham / 17 June 2017

Water is absolutely fundamental to life, which makes the increasingly loud warnings about water scarcity and an impending global water crisis so concerning for world leaders.

If current patterns of consumption continue unabated, two-thirds of the world’s population will be facing water shortages as a daily reality by 2025 and global policy makers are scrambling to avoid catastrophe.

“What’s happening bit by bit is that water scarcity is becoming increasingly common all around the world, no matter where you look as country after country hits the limit of what it can use,” says Professor Mike Young.

“Whether that’s in Australia, California, China, India, Pakistan, or right throughout Africa.”


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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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