Nova Scotia has joined the federal government and other provinces and territories in endorsing a Canada-wide strategy for managing municipal wastewater effluent. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the Council of Canadian Ministers of Environment, or CCME, in Whitehorse, Yukon that ended on Tuesday, Feb. 17. “The department looks forward to collaborating with municipalities, and the federal government, to implement the wastewater strategy in Nova Scotia,” said David Morse, Minister of Environment. The strategy sets out a framework to be followed by all participating jurisdictions to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada. There are 128 in Nova Scotia. Many facilities in Canada need repair and upgrading. The unified approach to improvements will increase protection of human health and the environment. “I was also pleased to bring Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan to the CCME table, to help find common areas of interest with the other jurisdictions so we can work together to combat climate change,” said Mr. Morse. The plan’s 68 actions include a commitment that Nova Scotia participate in national and international discussions on clean air and climate change, including those taking a North American approach. The provincial, territorial, and federal environment ministers agreed to discuss a unified approach in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, and in future Canada-U.S. discussions on climate change. Mr. Morse and the other ministers also went over strategies to keep more commercial products, packaging and other wastes out of landfills. Nova Scotia is a recognized leader in recycling and solid-waste management. The ministers were also briefed on plans for a collaborative approach to manage air quality in Canada.