The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Environmental Defence are pleased to host “Water Conversations”. Taking place once a quarter for two hours, these in-depth workshops provide water champions a chance to share their expertise, learn from others, and determine the best path forward for actions needed to ensure healthy waters.
Prior to each Water Conversation, we’ll canvass your ideas on topics through a brief survey. We’ll then review the list of ideas and identify 1-2 topics to bring forward to the conversation. We will share an agenda with you, as well as resources or materials that you’ll need to review ahead of time so we can best use our time together. These sessions will not be recorded for public sharing, so please plan to join us in person if that session’s topics are of particular interest to you.
If you’re interested in learning more about these conversations, and receiving updates, surveys, and invitations, please fill out this short form.
Episode Five – The Environmental Impacts of Nuclear Power in the Great Lakes Region
This session took place on Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Our fifth Water Conversation focused on the environmental impacts of nuclear power on water quality in the Great Lakes region, including impacts related to decommissioning, nuclear waste, and radionuclides. We provided an overview of ongoing nuclear projects and proposals, and discuss opportunities for public engagement.
Suggested reading for this session included:
– The slide deck from the presentation portion of the session is available for download by clicking here.
– All of the links shared in the chat during the session are available by clicking here.
Episode Four – What Does it Mean for Water: A Post-Provincial Election Discussion
This session took place on Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Taking place only days after the election, this session focused on the impacts of the provincial election results on water in Ontario, and discussed the top freshwater policy issues the provincial government should prioritize over the next four years. Participants received an update on provincial jurisdiction on water, what the election could mean for water policy in Ontario, and contributed to a discussion of key policy priorities that should be pushed for before the throne speech. Speakers presented from the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence, and Chiefs of Ontario.
Episode Three – What Does it Mean for Water? A Post-Federal-Election Discussion
This session took place on October 21st, 2021
This session focused on coordinating efforts to ensure federal attention and investment is made toward significantly improving the health of all waters. Participants were updated on what is anticipated from the current federal government, learned about an emerging national coalition, and discussed potential collective priorities and actions.
Resources that were shared for this meeting included:
- The “Five Foundational Pillars for the Canada Water Agency” referenced by Andrew Stegemann and Coree Tull in their presentations
- Our Collective Vision for the Canada Water Agency: A Joint Submission
- CELA’s Proposal to Develop a Canada Water Agency
- Dene Nation & CIER, “Resetting the National Sail: A Considerations Paper on Indigenous Governance and the Canada Water Agency
Should you be interested in signing up for the Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters, you can do so through their website here: https://
Hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence, Our Living Waters, and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.
Episode Two – Growing the Greenbelt
This session took place on June 16th, 2021
This session will focus on coordinating efforts to maintain momentum around the Ontario government’s consultation to grow the size and further enhance the quality of the Greenbelt. Participants will learn about what other organizations are doing, get an update on what is happening provincially, and discuss potential joint priorities and actions, and how they can work together.
Hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence, and the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.
Episode One – Drinking Water Source Protection
This session took place on March 24th, 2021
The focus of our first Water Conversation will be extending source water protection to everyone in Ontario. Phase one of implementing the Clean Water Act provided protection to almost 80% of residents, but does not ensure protection for many who are on private wells, in rural communities, and Indigenous communities. We will discuss the gaps in legislative and policy implementation and hear from speakers who live and/or work in unprotected communities.
After registering, participants will receive an email with agenda, speaker list, and additional resources.