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In the last few years, we have overhauled financial operations, publishing and events. The only thing we haven’t played with is the website – a key tool for communicating within our industry. We are deep in the redesign stage to make this a more relevant and more valuable tool for members. We will be loading it up with many more resources and facilitating discussion amongst our members, but we will also be reworking most of it to a "members-only" area. So if you enjoy reading this e-Bulletin, but are not a member, you may want to reconsider soon.

Members should have received our CWWA Water Source magazine by now, highlighting some of the topics to be discussed at the Window on Ottawa (June 3-4). And you’ll be receiving our Annual Report in May as well. This is our best way to report back to you, our members, on how we are doing as an association and as a not-for-profit corporation. I think you will be impressed on how we manage your funds operationally, but I hope you are equally impressed with what we achieve with those funds in terms of national level advocacy.

A big shout out to our friend Barry Orr for his continued leadership on flushable wipes. He was part of two recent reports on wipes, one the development of scientific testing protocols with Ryerson University and the other a review of labelling with Western University. From this work, the Friends of the Earth are launching a formal complaint against the wipes manufacturers and sellers to the Competition Bureau of Industry Canada. I agreed to be a signatory to that complaint. We hope this will spur on the government to work with us on developing an enforceable definition of flushable and when you can label something as flushable.

Finally, this is my last real call for the WINDOW ON OTTAWA. The program is complete and available on the website. This really is our signature event, different from what any other groups are offering. It’s a great opportunity to meet with senior federal policy makers and hear about what they’re working on – not last year, but in the coming years. See you there!