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  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Ferguson, Keith; M'Gonigle, Michael; Sandborn, Calvin; Reynolds, Ellen (ed) (Polis Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2005-05-01)
    This report focuses on the enabling environment that ensures holistic water management is institutionally embedded. Water is the strategic resource of the 21st century and Canada stands “at a watershed” in freshwater ...
  • Brandes, Oliver; Carr-Wilson, Savannah; Curran, Deborah; Simms, Rosie (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, 2015-11)
    n May 2014, the Province of British Columbia enacted the new Water Sustainability Act, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully modernize British Columbia’s water law regime. This report provides an analysis ...
  • Brandes, Oliver; O'Riordan, Jon; O'Riordan, Tim; Brandes, Laura (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, 2014-01)
    This report focuses on current water governance issues in British Columbia and offers a path forward for how the Province could transform its current approaches to decision-making to ensure a more sustainable and resilient ...
  • Moore, Michele-Lee; Shaw, Karena; Castleden, Heather; Breiddal, Rosanna; Kot, Megan; Murray, Mathew (Canadian Water Network, 2015)
    This report identifies the key water governance challenges specific to hydraulic fracturing across Canada (with a particular focus on British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia) and those ...
  • Maas, Carol; Wolfe, Sarah E. (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance Water Sustainability Project, 2012-12)
    This paper has been prepared to provide a concise and integrated summary of emerging research on social and process changes in water management. It is designed to build on existing literature and practice by offering ideas ...
  • Christensen, Randy; Brandes, Oliver (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria/Ecojustice, 2015-06)
    British Columbia can learn valuable lessons from California’s extreme drought and recent groundwater law reforms as it drafts its own groundwater regulations under the new B.C. Water Sustainability Act. This report analyzes ...
  • Morris, T.J.; Boyd, D.R.; Brandes, O.M.; Bruce, J.P.; Hudon, M.; Lucas, B.; Maas, T.; Nowlan, L.; Phare, M. (Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens (Now FLOW), 2007-02-01)
    This report outlines the steps necessary to create an effective freshwater strategy in Canada, created by the Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens (now FLOW). The Gordon Water Group was founded in part ...
  • Parfitt, Ben (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2013-06-01)
    This report argues that the B.C. provincial government should safeguard the public interest by creating a robust, publicly accessible water-use database that covers all withdrawals from both surface and groundwater sources ...
  • Baltutis, Jesse; Shah, Timothy; Brandes, Oliver M.; Goucher, Nancy; Harford, Deborah; Sandford, Robert (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University, 2012-05-01)
    Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future offers a first-hand account of the state of fresh water across the country, and outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians. It illustrates ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Ferguson, Keith (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2003-08-01)
    The majority of Canadians live in large urban and regional centres, and municipal water use represents a significant portion (12 percent) of overall water withdrawals in Canada. Urban users in Canada use more than twice ...
  • Parfitt, Ben; Baltutis, Jesse; Brandes, Oliver M. (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance / Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012-11)
    British Columbia's water and water-derived energy resources are vital assets that show signs of being under increased stress across the province—the result of mounting pressures such as population growth, climate change, ...
  • Parfitt, Ben; Baltutis, Jesse; Brandes, Oliver M. (POLIS project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012-11-01)
    British Columbia's water and water-derived energy resources are vital assets that show signs of being under increased stress across the province—the result of mounting pressures such as population growth, climate change, ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Ferguson, Keith (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2004-04-01)
    This report focuses on identifying benefits as well as the barriers to water demand-side management in Canada. The interconnected and interrelated nature of barriers creates a gridlock that resists the adoption of a ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Nowlan, Linda; Paris, Katie (Conference Board of Canada, 2008-12-01)
    This report describes some of the key mechanisms available to allocate water in times of scarcity, with a particular focus on markets and market mechanisms. It highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages, as well ...
  • Maas, Carol (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2009-03-01)
    Meeting Ontario’s commitment to slow the progression of climate change will take more than changing lightbulbs. It will require all sectors to diligently look for opportunities to reduce waste and increase efficiency. This ...
  • Brandes, Oliver; Morris, Tim; Archer, Jennifer; Brandes, Laura; Moore, Michele-Lee; O'Riordan, Jon; Overduin, Natasha (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, 2016-06)
    Recent reports and events exploring the concept of watershed governance have laid a foundation for reform in British Columbia. However, considerable knowledge gaps still exist in turning concept into practice. Through an ...
  • Wilkes, Brian; Collier, Jason; Brandes, Oliver M. (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2013-03-01)
    This research survey summary is the first phase in a larger project to assess the needs and priorities of watershed-based groups in British Columbia. It inventories and identifies many of the groups that are currently ...
  • Sandborn, Calvin (Ed.) (Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria, 2012-11)
    Maintaining Natural BC for Our Children: Selected Law Reform Proposals is a series of 35 short (3-5 page) articles that describe important environmental law reforms that the next B.C. provincial government should consider. ...
  • Maas, Carol (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, 2010-04-01)
    POLIS' second report on the water-energy nexus offers Ontario’s first estimate of the large quantities of energy used to pump, treat and heat water and to generate steam. The study reveals that pumping and treating water ...
  • Brandes, Oliver M.; Porter-Bopp, Susanne; Sandborn, Calvin; Brandes, Laura (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria & Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria, 2011-10-01)
    This handbook outlines the problems with conventional stormwater management and examines solutions for moving toward sustainability. It provides a comprehensive blueprint that outlines the crucial steps necessary to change ...

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