Above Water: Learning From Three Albertan Leaders

Thomas S. Axworthy | 2013

Leadership is a term much used, and little understood. Searching «leadership« online shows 459 million results, and books on the topic - especially from business school presses - tumble out at a prodigious rate. Yet despite the overwhelming attention paid to the concept, its meaning is so contested that important thinkers, like Henry Mintzberg of McGill University, argue against «the cult of leadership,» asking «Have you heard the word «leadership» lately «say, in the last 10 minutes?»

1 His advice: we make too much fuss about it and should stop.?

2 Despite Mintzberg's healthy skepticism about exaggerated notions of leadership, while we ignore more mundane tasks like management and implementation, still, the nature of leadership has preoccupied us throughout history and, as this lecture series attests, there is continuing interest in the subject. So what does history teach us about leadership?

The vast literature on leadership falls into three main schools,...

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National Stakeholder Consultations on Water: Supporting the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Global Water Partnership | 2013

The purpose of the national stakeholder consultations on water was to listen to country needs and priorities regarding the post-2015 agenda for water and sustainable development. The consultations aimed to get the voice of stakeholders on water issues to obtain a deeper qualitative understanding of individual country priorities. The country level feedback adds practitioner value to the wider policy dialogues being undertaken by the United Nations and contributes to shaping potential sustainable development goals after 2015.

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Canadian Environmental Indicators-Water

Joel Wood, Fraser Institute | 2013

To obtain a more comprehensive picture of how Canadian water quality has changed over time, Canadian Environmental Indicators-Water reviews numerous government reports from each province. When we examine evidence from individual provinces over the long term, it is clear that, for many forms of pollution, water quality has improved greatly since the 1970s. In Ontario, total phosphorus has generally decreased in lakes and rivers since the 1970s. There has also been a general decline in mercury, PCBs, and many other toxic substances in the waters of Ontario and Quebec. Another example of improving water quality is the return to pre-settlement levels of total phosphorus in Lake Osoyoos in British Columbia. Bacteria levels are decreasing in major Alberta rivers from improvements to sewage treatment. Due to improvements in the bleaching process used in British Columbia's pulp and paper mills, the province's rivers have seen a significant decreases in chloride levels since the 1980s. Evidence from Ontario suggests that pesticides and...

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RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study

RBC Blue Water Project | 2012

Most Canadians take water for granted. We think we have lots of it and it will always be there. So in 2008, RBC started polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water -to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing.

Since 2008, RBC has made the poll results freely available to NGOs and other interested parties. We have encouraged the broad dissemination of the data and its findings because we want to help contribute to a healthy conversation about the value and vulnerability of water in Canada.

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THE CANADIAN WATERSCAPE: assessing the needs of Canada's water leaders

Lindsay Telfer and Danielle Droitsch | 2011

The following report further evaluates different model organizations and networks in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere (Part 3) as a starting point in thinking about the types of solutions that could be applied to meet these needs. For example, the U.S. River Network is a strong model that, if applied in Canada, has the potential to bring a wide range of benefits with it. This type of organization could help address a number of the key gaps identified by respondents. Other models such as the Toxics Action Centre in the US and the European Centre for River Restoration have also been highlighted.

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At a Watershed: Ecological Governance and Sustainable Water Management in Canada

Oliver M. Brandes, UWDM Project Leader, POLIS Project Keith Ferguson, Research Associate, POLIS Project Michael M?Gonigle, Director, POLIS Project Calvin Sandborn, Legal Director, Environmental Law Centre Clinic | 2005

At a Watershed is a collaborative project involving both The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria. Urban Water Demand Management Project (UWDM) is an initiative that began in January 2003 at the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria. The UWDM Project seeks to understand the structure and dynamics of urban water use, and to provide mechanisms to reorient Canadian water management from supply to demand-side approaches. In the context of "Governance for Innovation"?a term that promotes the adoption of innovative and alternative solutions?the UWDM Project works towards developing a comprehensive legal and policy framework, and decision making tools, that are of national and regional significance.

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