News Archive


October 13, 2014

I Don't Flush Launches Pharma PSA Campaign

June 14, 2014

CWF and OCWA launch 'I don't flush' Campaign

The Clean Water Foundation (CWF) and The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) – in conjunction with York Region, the Region of Peel and the Health Product Stewardship Association – launched the ‘I don’t flush’ public awareness campaign on June 7 at the Windfall Ecology Festival in Newmarket. To celebrate the launch, OCWA and CWF were joined by TVO’s The Water Brothers who snapped photos with festival attendees throughout the day.

This campaign is based on the already established A Prescription for Clean Water program that encourages Ontarians to return unwanted and unused pharmaceuticals back to the pharmacies where they can be properly disposed of.

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March 1, 2014

CWF President appointed to IJC Great Lakes Quality Board

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has just announced that CWF’s Christopher Hilkene has been appointed to the Great Lakes Water Quality Board for a 3 year term.

The Water Quality Board is the principal advisor to the IJC in reviewing and assessing progress in implementation of the Agreement. It identifies emerging issues and recommending strategies and approaches for preventing and resolving the complex challenges facing the Great Lakes. It is further charged with providing advice on the role of relevant jurisdictions to implement these strategies and approaches.

Chris will serve as the Canadian Co-Chair of the Emerging Issues Working Group while also contributing to the work of the Public Outreach and Engagement Working Group.

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October 21, 2013

CWF Launches TorontoOnTap Program with Ryerson University

The Clean Water Foundation launched the TorontoOnTap program at Ryerson University with the installation of two brand new outdoor water bottle filling stations.

TorontoOnTap is a program of the Clean Water Foundation designed to increase water bottle filling infrastructure in high-traffic areas of the city. TorontoOnTap is working with a number of private and public organizations in Toronto to install water bottle filling stations in desirable high-traffic areas throughout the city.

These filling stations will help provide Torontonians easy access to tap water at any time. TorontoOnTap is the first of its kind in Canada and one of only a handful of projects like this globally.

The installation of the first two TorontoOnTap installations at Ryerson University were done in support ofRyerson's commitment to become first bottle water free campus in Canada.

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Toronto on Tap


April 12, 2013

A Prescription for Clean Water

The Clean Water Foundation and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) are pleased to announce the launch of A Prescription for Clean Water, a public awareness and engagement campaign to encourage Ontarians to keep pharmaceuticals out of our rivers and lakes by returning unused and unwanted medications to local pharmacies for proper disposal.

To learn more, read the press release and visit the Prescription For Clean Water webpage.

A Prescription for Clean Water


April 9, 2013

Join us at the Green Living Show, April 12-14

We're back! Bigger and better than ever! Together with our friends at the Ontario Clean Water Agency, we will be providing all the drinking water stations at this year's Green Living Show. So grab your refillable bottles and come down the largest green consumer event on the continent. And while you are there stop by our booth to say "Hi!" If you are in the neighbourhood on Friday just before noon, you might catch the launch of our brand new A Prescription for Clean Water campaign.

Green Living Show

March 5, 2013

CWF Welcomes New Partners

We are pleased to welcome three new partners to the Clean Water Foundation family. Over the next few months we will be launching new campaigns with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, Stewardship Ontario and the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada. Campaign details will be announced April 2013. Stay tuned for details!

Ontario Clean Water Agency      Stewardship Ontario      Partnership for a Drug Free Canada




CWF President to Chair National Roundtable Water Program

The Clean Water Foundation is pleased to announce that Christopher Hilkene has been named Chair of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy’s (NRTEE) new Program on Water and Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors.

The NRTEE initiated the Program on Water and Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors to:

  • Identify the critical issues and opportunities associated with the water, natural resource and climate change interrelationship; and,
  • Catalyze the design and implementation of new policies, approaches and mechanisms through which water can be managed to foster both ecosystem health and economic sustainability of the agriculture, forestry, mining and energy sectors.

Over the next two years, the NRTEE will add value to the national water agenda by examining the relationship between the energy, mining, forestry and agriculture sectors and water sustainability in the context of changes in supply, availability and distribution flowing from climate change and rising economic demand.

In this role as Program Chair works closely with NRTEE members and staff as well as an Expert Advisory Committee composed of water and natural resource specialists from every region of the country.

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Chris Hilkene opening the National Roundtable's workshop entitled 'Charting a Path: Water and Canada's Natural Resource Sectors' Chris Hilkene opening the National Roundtable’s workshop entitled “Charting a Path: Water and Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors”.


Clean Water Foundation a Hit at the Green Living Show!

The Green Living Show in Toronto was a huge success and particularly fulfilling for the Clean Water Foundation. Our congratulations go out to the entire Green Living Team for putting on the best environmental show, we’ve ever seen.

Clean Water Foundation staff helped thousands of visitors learn about ways to make their homes Water Smart and ensure that Canada will always be blessed with an abundance of clean, safe, and accessible water.

Visitors walked off with more than 12,000 Clean Water Foundation brochures and information about programs that support homeowner efforts to preserve and protect our water.

Laurie Simmonds, Phil Winters, the Honourable John Baird, Chris Hilkene Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable John Baird, Green Living President, Laurie Simmonds and EnWise Corp President, Phil Winters stopped in to see Chris Hilkene and talk water conservation.


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The Clean Water Foundation's Will Yeung and Siobhan Delaney chatting with Green Living Show visitors about being Water Smart.

At the Kids Zone (sponsored by WalMart Canada, Toronto Water and the Clean Water Foundation), 1000s of children ages 3-12 had a ball learning about our water and the environment through a variety of engaging and playful activities. Congratulations to the Green Carpet Series team for helping a new generation of Canadians become Water Smart and Eco Friendly!

Leslie Domenico and Kelly Szandtner
Leslie Domenico and Kelly Szandtner, from the Green Carpet Series, helping the kids become Water Smart and Eco Friendly through play and laughter.



The Clean Water Foundation is sponsoring the first ever Green Roof Award at the Green Toronto Awards. Green roofs are systems where a vegetated area becomes part of a building's roof. Green Roofs hold the potential to green Toronto by increasing energy efficiency, improving air and water quality, as well as beautifying the city by providing natural green spaces in built-up areas.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Toronto City Hall on May 4th.

Our thanks to Wal Mart Canada, for making the Green Roof Award possible.

Green Toronto Awards


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