You’re Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 – 25, 2012

This week is Canada Water Week! And this video explains the 2012 theme of Canada Water Week:

Canada Water Week is a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22.

World Water Day is an international day to:

  • celebrate freshwater
  • focus attention on the importance of freshwater
  • advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

For Canada Water Week,  this year’s theme is “Discover Your Water Footprint” which is the amount of fresh water used directly and indirectly in one’s daily activities – water used for drinking, cooking and washing, as well as the water used to produce food, paper and other materials.

You're Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 - 25, 2012
You're Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 - 25, 2012

During Canada Water Week,  Canadians:

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2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference & Trade Show’s Host: Charlottetown, PEI

2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference & Trade Show's Host: Charlottetown, PEI
2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference & Trade Show's Host: Charlottetown, PEI

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) programs address the following concerns:

  • Green initiatives:
    • Green Municipal Fund: $550M fund by the Government of Canada to support municipal efforts to improve air, water and soil quality
  • Affordable housing
    • Affordable housing units by removing a significant number of regulatory barriers.
  • Women in local government
    • The United Nations defines 30 per cent as the minimal percentage of women required for government to reflect women’s concerns.
    • Women represent 16 per cent of mayors and 25 per cent of councilors in Canada, for an average of 24 per cent.
      • In absolute terms, of 23,821 elected officials, 5,734 are women.
    • Based on current statistics, Canada would need 1,412 more women in elected office today to reach the 30 per cent target.
      • That means increasing the number of women in municipal government by roughly 100 every year for the next 15 years.
    • FCM wants to help close this gender gap.

Also, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities programs provide an opportunity for Canadian municipalities to share know-how and resources domestically as well as overseas through international development initiatives.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainability Conference & Trade Show is FCM’s annual Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show, which provides municipal leaders with proven solutions for sustainable community development.

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