The Walrus Talks H20 Hitting St. John’s This Month with 7 Savvy Local Speakers

Tickets for this event are limited and available for $25 through The Rooms' box office.

The Walrus is one of Canada’s most beloved cultural magazines, and they also run national “talk series” where knowledgeable locals tackle a topic. The Walrus Talks H2O focuses on “rethinking the impact, use, and health of water.”

The event will be followed by a spirited reception. Tickets for this event are limited and available for $25 through The Rooms’ box office.

The seven speakers at the event will include chef Jeremy Charles (Raymonds / The Merchant Tavern), who will tie his talk into his love of local food and its relationship to water, and Evan Fraser (Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security), an incredibly dynamic speaker, who will talk about water as it relates to balancing conservation with food production.

Donna Morrisey (author) will be talking about how the ocean is in our blood, and how it shapes the Newfoundland identity. Sheila Watt-Cloutier (renowned Inuit climate advocate), will be talking about the Inuit perspective on water, using human stories to talk about the effects of climate change on northern oceans, like Labrador

Geoff Green (founder and president, Students on Ice Foundation), who takes students on research trips to the Arctic and Antarctic, sees the ocean as a laboratory, and The Walrus says “he has AMAZING stories, and is an explorer in a very Newfoundland kind of mold.”

Royal Canadian Navy Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander of the Maritime Forces Atlantic, will be talking about our country’s role asea. And lastly, scientist Kimberley Robertson, the program chair at MUN’s Fisheries and Marine Institute, will talk about her work on water quality and resource management.

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  • why am I doing this? dont engage, Emily! don’t engage!… and yet.. here I go…

    check the ****’ed lines in particular. From http://www.stjohns.ca/living-st-johns/city-services/water-services:

    “Windsor Lake Water Treatment Facility
    The Windsor Lake Wafer Treatment Facility treats raw water collected from the Broad Cove River and Windsor Lake watersheds. The Little Powers Pond Pump Station pumps raw water from the Broad Cove River watershed and transfers it directly into the Windsor Lake watershed. The raw water to be treated is then taken from Windsor Lake and is pumped up to the Main Treatment Building via the Low Lift Pump Station. The treatment process consists of alkalinity enhancement with hydrated lime and carbon dioxide, screening, membrane microfiltration, primary disinfection using ultraviolet light and secondary disinfection with chlorine.

    The rated capacity of Windsor Lake is 70,000 cubic metres per day in the summer and 53,500 cubic metres per day in the winter. The difference in capacity over the seasons is due to the viscosity changes in water as it gets colder.

    Treated water from Windsor Lake is either pumped or gravity-fed to homes or businesses in the east end and downtown areas of St. John’s.

    [*****]Fluoride is not added to City of St. John’s drinking water.[******]

    Bay Bulls Big Pond Water Treatment Facility
    The Bay Bulls Big Pond (BBBP) Water Treatment Facility collects raw water from the Bay Bulls Big Pond watershed and pumps it to the Main Treatment Building via the Low Lift Pump Station. The treatment process consists of screening, ozone disinfection, filtration through a rapid gravity dual media filter, pH adjustment using hydrated lime, and chloramine disinfection using ammonia and chlorine.

    A Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) Pretreatment Facility with alkalinity enhancement is currently being constructed and is scheduled to be in operation in 2013.

    The rated capacity of Bay Bulls Big Pond is 85,000 cubic metres per day.

    Treated water from Bay Bulls Big Pond is pumped to the west end of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise, Conception Bay South and Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s.

    [****]Fluoride is not added to the Regional Water System’s drinking water.[*****]”

  • Brilliant , water experts! Here is a relevant question. Why is every municipality in NFLD putting FLUORIDE in our drinking water. The experts say its poison! Hitler used it in the concentration camps to make the prisoners passive. So, lets see what these brilliant speakers got to say aboUT the effects of fluoride in our drinking water!

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