A Guide to Stunning Product Photography

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Top 10 Tips For Working From Home

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Sourcing Audio For Your Promo Video

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Attracting Great Talent

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Inspirational Workspace Ideas

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Top Development Frameworks Reviewed

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Where To Launch Your Startup

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Gaining Exposure for Your iPhone App

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Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

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Usability Testing: Your Questions Answered

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Effective Product Promo Videos

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Exploring Intuitive UX Design

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How to Maximize Productivity

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Making the Most of Your Commute

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Highlights from new report on investing in Canada’s urban water sustainability

The Forum for Leadership on Water has just released a report titled Smart, Strategic Investments for Urban Water Sustainability: Seizing Canada’s Infrastructure Moment. The report provides strategies and recommendations to help align anticipated investments in water infrastructure and governance with … Continue Reading

2016 Water Industry Outlook: Familiar Problems Carry New Urgency

A new report by Black & Veatch found that most key issues affecting the water industry in 2016 are linked to funding and cost concerns. The distinct but related challenges of aging water and wastewater infrastructure, managing capital costs, and … Continue Reading

How Does Your Community Stack Up? Insights from the 2016 BC Municipal Water Survey

The BC Municipal Water Survey 2016, undertaken by the Water Planning Lab at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, provides an overview of water consumption and pricing, metering coverage, and conservation initiatives across British Columbia. The data are based … Continue Reading

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City of Port Alberni Adopts New Water and Sewer Rates

The City of Port Alberni is committed to creating a sustainable community that promotes environmental, social and economic prosperity. Under this guiding principle the City recently reviewed its water and sewer utility to ensure there is a long term financial … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Services Delivery

Managing infrastructure is an iterative process that responds to changing environmental, economic and social realities. The process is centered on sustainable services delivery. It begins by articulating community needs and values and defining levels of service to meet those needs. … Continue Reading

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Econics Moves Downtown

Econics has moved from the ‘burbs to the centre of the action. Easier access to resources, more bike-friendly commuting, and a more stimulating office environment prompted the switch. We share our new space with Tectoria, an organization that accelerates technology-focused … Continue Reading

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Join Econics at the Western Canada Water Conference

Where will we get our water savings from in the future? Demand management initiatives have matured from the “water conservation” era, beginning in the 1970s, to the “demand management” era, in the mid-1990s. Now, in many places across North America, … Continue Reading

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One Year Flies By

They say that time flies when you are having fun, and we can’t believe it has been a year already. Louise Brennan and Ben Robinson joined Econics in the spring of 2013; a year filled with exciting challenges, steep learning … Continue Reading

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What is/are econics?

e·con·ics  (ɛkˈə nɪks, ih-kaan-iks) noun 1. a multi-disciplinary combination of the disciplines of ecology, economics, engineering, finance, and management to deliver an improved ecosystem management platform as a gateway towards sustainable development in a sustainable functioning socio-economic system. (read about … Continue Reading

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Five Things We Learned from Plumber Sustainability Training

In the fall of 2013, 128 Canadian licensed plumbers and apprentices took part in a pilot version of the Green Plumbers® USA program. They came from the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Guelph-Waterloo, and the City of Vancouver to learn about a … Continue Reading

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Town of Gibsons Charts Path to Sustainability

The Town of Gibsons plans to be around for a very long time; and to provide water to its residents, businesses, and industries for a very long time. Now, with a bit of help from Econics’ WaterWorth™ tools, they are … Continue Reading

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Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future

What colour is the sky? What colour is the ocean? What colour is your city?! Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future is about an urban environment that is in sync with nature and with its citizens. … Continue Reading

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Affordability of Water Rates is Not Incompatible with Full Cost Pricing

In order to maintain a sustainable level of delivery of water and wastewater services, local governments must ensure that revenues are sufficient for long term operation and replacement of infrastructure. Yet In Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit: a Sad Legacy for Future Generations, … Continue Reading

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Get Your Mind Into the Gutter

The myth of abundance remains strong. Yet, reality is that many communities face water shortages during summer months when demand is greatest. And with our changing climate, this reality may only become more prevalent and stark in the near future. … Continue Reading

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Inspiration from “The Water Brothers”

The Water Brothers, Alex and Tyler, combine investigative journalism with eco-adventure. They explore and report on the societal and environmental impacts of our civilization on our oceans and our freshwater supplies. They deliver their message in a positive style that both … Continue Reading

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Climate or Conservation?

How do you know whether variations in climate or progressive water conservation programs are controlling demand? This is what the Region of Waterloo’s Water Efficiency Manager, Steve Gombos, wanted to know. Total and peak consumption have been falling in the … Continue Reading

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Summer Garden Parties Curb Water Demand in Vancouver

Econics is wrapping up its second summer of successfully delivering Greenest City Garden Workshops for the City of Vancouver. This program is helping the City to meet its water conservation and waste reduction targets, which are identified in the Greenest … Continue Reading

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Econics releases WaterWorth v2.6

We have recently enhanced our Waterworth technology and released version 2.6. The tool suite now supports at least a 20 year planning time frame for all the various modules. Cost-of-service and billing impact analyses are comprehensive. Waterworth makes use of and … Continue Reading

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Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing

Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing provides an overview of conservation-oriented water pricing for decision makers, water utilities and service providers in Canada. It explains how water pricing works, what the benefits are, and how water utilities … Continue Reading

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Meet with us October 16-18 in Calgary at CWWA conference.

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and the Canadian National Water Efficiency Network are pleased to present the Canadian Energy and Water Efficiency Conference. The Conference will be held October 16-18, 2013 at The Westin Calgary in Calgary , Alberta. … Continue Reading

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Affordability of Water Rates is Not Incompatible with Full Cost Pricing

In order to maintain a sustainable level of delivery of water and wastewater services, local governments must ensure that revenues are sufficient for long term operation and replacement of infrastructure. Yet In Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit: a Sad Legacy for Future … Continue Reading

JP Joly and Kirk Stinchcombe form Econics

Kirk Stinchcombe, original founder of Econnics, joins forces with JP Joly to transform how water sustainability services are delivered to local governments. Econnics is transformed into Econics as it acquires WaterWorth(TM) technology that enables standardized services delivery at standardized prices. To … Continue Reading

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Econics acquires AquaVic WaterWorth v2.5 technology

Under an exclusive ownership arrangement, WaterWorth v2.5 technology tools and associated services have been transferred to Econics effective December 31, 2012. Econics founder, JP Joly, has worked with AquaVic as the principal developer of WaterWorth technology since 2006. This means … Continue Reading