WaterToday is an independent ad-based media about water in Canada.
Our main focus is on drinking water across Canada and the boil water advisories that are issued by health units and municipalities, when the water quality is judged to be tainted by either microbiological, structural or chemical contamination.
Our national and provincial water advisory maps are the backbone of our coverage. They are updated daily, throughout the day as advisories are reported.
Our dailies most often expand on recently issued advisories, telling the stories behind the water system issues and how they affect the communities where they are issued.
Most of the water advisories in Canada occur in small communities and private systems where there are neither the population nor the funds to update the infrastructure.
The May 2000 Walkerton E.coli outbreak - which caused the death of seven people and sickened many more - was a wake-up call across Canada. In its wake, provinces and terrritories scrambled to record and bring the water systems under their responsibility up to par, while tightening up the regulations that manage them.
Today, seventeen years later, most of the systems are inventoried and their issues are well known, though solutions still lag in First Nations, isolated and low-populated communities.
With our "Advisory of the day" articles we aim to knit a Canadian narrative around these local water issues and the small often unkown locations where they occur, within the boundaries of one of the most water-rich countries in the world.
While the detection and solutions of most drinking water issues are well known, what is less known and widely unrecorded are the effects of chemicals and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. Other emerging threats include climate change, rising sea water and saline seepage.
Water is an intrinsic element of life an Earth. It plays a vital role in everything we do, from the food we grow to the fish we catch, from swimming to sailing and shipping, and from cooling to heating our homes.
With a view to covering all these facets, our features are far ranging and eclectic.
We seek out and interview scientists across the spectrum to provide information on current research in biology, hydrology, hydrography, and emerging sciences such as genomics and artificial intelligence.
This series recently included interviews with:
Sue Watson, Canada Research Scientist at Environment Canada specializing in algal outbreaks and source-water impairment; Alfonso Rivera, Chief Hydrogeologist of the Geological Survey of Canada and groundwater specialist. Denis Hains, Director General, Canadian Hydrographic Service whose tasked with charting Canada's Arctic waterways; Dr. Ayush Kumar, microbiologist sepcializing in antibiotic-resistant bacteria; Environment Canada Research Scientist, Thomas Edge, who is currently involved in genomics research; and Dr. Bernhard Lehner, a McGill geographer who, with his team, has compiled the most complete global database of lakes to date.
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INFORMATION & SERVICES
Our Boil water advisory(BWA), Do Not Consume (DNC) Blue-green Algae (BGA) and water shortage maps and lists are updated every day, throughout the day as advisories are issued. In the Dailies, our researchers follow-up on many of the advisories, providing more information as to their nature, cause and effect on the local population.
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WHO WE ARE
Publisher- Josée Dechêne
With a background in fine arts and communications, Josée launched Canada's first online news portal, Epress, in 1998.
It was also the first online media to be accredited by the Canadian Parliamentary Gallery and one of the first, by the U.S Senate Radio & Television Gallery.
Joée has also produced many information websites including one for the UN Year of the Child, and the first climate change website for Environment Canada.
Throughout the years, many writers have submitted work to WaterToday, their contributions are always appreciated. We also publish with permission articles by other groups and individuals involved in the safeguarding of water.
Dianne Saxe - Environmental Commissioner of Ontario - Formerly Saxe Law
Matt Mattson - Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Krystyn Tully -Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
The World Wildlife Fund Canada
Bob Sandford - EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the UN
The Alberta Water Portal
The Daily Climate
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Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Water Today has partnered with the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to develop The Drink Guide a free smartphone app that alerts you to drinking water advisories in communities all across Canada, based on information gathered daily by Water Today.
University of Waterloo Water Institute External Partners Program
Gold Partner (2015-16)
Collaboration during the city-wide Boil Water Advisory in Winnipeg - January 2015
Referral in Globe and Mail article on Flint water crisis - March 2016
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