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The Water Issue

Issue 7, December 2011

 

 

Welcome to the seventh issue of Council E-News, your source for updates on the Council's assessments, corporate activities, its Member Academies, and science in Canada.

 

President's Message

 

Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President and CEOWith the recent news that 7 billion people now inhabit this planet, there are many questions about what impact a population this size will have on the world's resources; and if and how we can continue to meet the needs of all global citizens when we are already challenged in this regard. Today, many would argue that the most critical natural resource is water. Read more.

 

 

Expert Panels at Work


ItopThe next Council assessment set for release is, Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment, to be published on January 17, 2012. The Council also recently received five new assessment questions, bringing the total number of current assessments to 13. The expert panels for the new assessments are now in the process of being assembled. The panels will consist of experts from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to ensure the most authoritative, credible, and independent responses to the questions. Read more.

 

 

Fellow in Focus

 

P. Kim SturgessP. Kim Sturgess, FCAE

 

For the last 20 summers, P. Kim Sturgess has vacationed along the Athabasca River, in her home province of Alberta, with her dog Chinook. Decidedly a river person, and undoubtedly a water person, Ms. Sturgess is the founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, a not-for-profit organization committed to developing and improving the management of Alberta's water resources. She was recently elected as President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, of which she is also a Fellow. She currently serves on the Council's Expert Panel on Water and Agriculture, and kindly agreed to be interviewed for this issue's Fellow in FocusRead more.

 

Spotlight On...

 

Water technologiesIn 1978 two professors from the University of Waterloo were approached by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to develop an inexpensive hand-operated pump that could easily and continuously provide thousands of people, including those in developing countries, with access to drinking water. Read more.

 

 

Perspectives

 

On October 31st, 2011 the world's population was predicted to have hit a major milestone. Somewhere on this planet, the 7th billion person joined an increasingly crowded populace. Based on some figures, 2.6 billion of them are without adequate sanitation. As part of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations set a target to reduce, by half, the number of people facing this situation by 2015; a number they have recently announced was no longer achievable at the current pace. Read more

 

 

Around the Council

 

TreeCongratulations to: Michael Hayden, a member of the Expert Panel on Canada's Strategic Role in Global Health for CAHS, who received the Killam prize for his career achievements in health sciences. Susan McDaniel, Scientific Advisory Committee Vice-Chair, a University of Lethbridge Sociology Professor and Director of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, who has been named a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Population and Economy. Read more.

 

 

News From the Academies


This section features news from the Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Read more
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cholera

Since an outbreak of cholera was first detected in the Artibonite region of Haiti on October 21, 2010, more than 3,000 people have died and the outbreak is far from over. The current Haitian population, having never been exposed to cholera, lacks any immunity to the disease.

 

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