Public engagement protects Toronto’s shorelines in Scarborough Waterfront Project

Public engagement and consultation strengthen the Swim Drink Fish movement. The Scarborough Waterfront Project on Lake Ontario proves it. Paving over Grey Abbey beach was proposed. Public engagement occurred. Amendments to preserve the beach resulted.On May 14, 2018, Mark Mattson, President and Waterkeeper, addressed the City of Toronto's Executive Committee. He was one of 17 deputants speaking about the Scarborough Waterfront Project. This agenda item had more public deputations than any other.Mark Mattson addressed the…

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Not enough information being shared, Waterkeeper says in Pickering Nuclear Generating Station preliminary submission

The current operating licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) is set to expire in August 2018. As Ontario Power Generation (OPG) applies for a licence renewal, Swim Drink Fish received funding to commission expert reviews of local water quality and ecosystem impacts of the PNGS.With expert assistance, Swim Drink Fish planned to submit recommendations for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Tribunal to consider during its review of the PNGS licence conditions.However, Swim…

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Swim Drink Fish Gala 2018: celebrating along Lake Ontario’s shores

This year’s Swim Drink Fish Gala returned to the shores of Lake Ontario. Rebel’s lakeside view reminded over 400 guests why swimmable, drinkable, fishable water matters - water shapes our daily lives. It connects us.The seventh annual fundraising gala celebrated the Swim Drink Fish movement and paid a heartfelt tribute to board member and mentor, Gord Downie.At the start of the evening, Marilyn Bell Di Lascio recognized five new Swim Drink Fish ambassadors: Loren King,…

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Five new ambassadors to join the Swim Drink Fish family

Our annual Swim Drink Fish Gala is one day away and we have a wonderful evening planned. While celebrating swimmable, drinkable, fishable water, we will welcome five new ambassadors to the Swim Drink Fish family.I couldn’t be happier welcoming these five ambassadors:Loren King: An accomplished marathon swimmer, in August 2016 Loren swam the Marilyn Bell route across Lake Ontario. Loren is a founding member of Great Lakes Trust, a social entrepreneur and an associate professor at…

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Contract Opportunity: Beach Water Quality Database Research

Contract Opportunity: Beach Water Quality Database Research Location: Toronto officeStart Date: Available starting May 2018. The work must be completed no later than 31 July 2018.Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for someone to help compile a report on recreational and beach water quality databases. The contractor will prepare a report that answers the following questions:Where are recreational water quality monitoring bodies and beach managers in Canada and the USA currently storing recreational water quality data?Are those databases required…

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A new Fisheries Act is coming

A new Fisheries Act could see lost protections restored, promising full protection for all fish and fish habitat. But did you know that if fish and their habitats are protected to the pre-2012 standard, the swimmability, drinkability, and fishability of Canadian waters is protected as well?On April 16, 2018, the new Fisheries Act was sent to committee. As the Act makes its way through Parliament, Swim Drink Fish’s Gabrielle Parent-Doliner and Mark Mattson weigh in…

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Job Posting: Toronto Community Monitoring Coordinator

Position: Toronto Community Monitoring CoordinatorContract: Full-time contract through September 2018. Possibility of contract extension.Location: Toronto officeStart Date: Available starting May 2018The Toronto Community Monitoring Coordinator is a full-time position with Swim Guide, a Swim Drink Fish Canada initiative. Building on the successes of 2016 and 2017 water monitoring projects, the Coordinator will implement a comprehensive, community-based, recreational water quality monitoring program in Toronto’s Inner Harbour. Reporting to the Swim Guide Program Manager, the  Community Monitoring Coordinator will work…

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Recommendations to parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-69

Bill C-69 is working its way through the parliamentary process. It includes major transformations to Canada's environmental assessment process as well as improvements to navigation protections.The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development invited public comment on the proposed changes. Swim Drink Fish offered this submission to the Committee to help its review of Bill C-69. Swim Drink Fish has actively followed legislative changes to federal environmental law and submitted briefs at every major committee stage…

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2018 Swim Drink Fish Gala artwork unveiled at preview event

Influential Canadian artists brought together a group of 100 people in support of swimmable, drinkable, fishable water at last night's Art Preview.Guests caught a glimpse of 28 artworks from artists such as Edward Burtynsky, Barbara Cole and Nicolas Ruel. Each piece will be auctioned off on April 26 at 2018’s Swim Drink Fish Gala.Swim Drink Fish hosted the evening, sponsored by RBC, at Galerie de Bellefeuille's beautiful Toronto location.Mark Mattson, President and Waterkeeper, Lake Ontario…

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Great Lakes Guide is coming!

You waited all winter long, and finally, it’s almost here! With spring in the air, you can now start dreaming about summer activities. We have no shortage of remarkable adventure spots in the Great Lakes region, but getting outside is often hindered by the overwhelming process of deciding where to go and what to do.How can you advance from dreaming to actually doing?Unless you’re asleep, you can’t dream without knowing what to dream about. The…

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