It’s an honour to feel this sad: Gord Downie and the making of the Swim Drink Fish movement

I am sitting by the fireplace at the National Water Centre with a group of recreational water quality data experts. The red and gold and green fall leaves are lit up by sunlight outside. Between their branches, I can see the Kennebecasis River flowing by.Head jerk. Eyes looking at mine. A gesture to leave the room.“Gord’s gone,” I am told.This is it. This is the moment that we all knew was coming.The sadness is indescribable.Gord…

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Goodbye Gord. Goodbye my friend.

"I love you. You doing okay? Love forever. Xoxo g"After decades of writing postcards, emails, texts --- that was the last note I received from my friend, Gord Downie. Despite all he was going through he was thinking of me and how I was doing after the loss of my mother this summer.He was always thinking, caring, working, creating, sharing, loving.He was incredible and yet incredibly normal and simple in his straight-forward, no nonsense attitude…

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Waterkeeper’s formal submission regarding relicensing hearings for Deloro Mine Site

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is currently applying to renew its Waste Nuclear Substance Licence for the Deloro site until 2022. The current licence will expire on October 31, 2017.Check out the full submission below from Waterkeeper. Contains key findings, conclusions, and recommendations.Underneath that is a review that goes into further technical details of the hydrogeology of the situation. Swim Drink Fish Canada submission for relicensing written hearing for the Deloro Mine…

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Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report 2017: Key Findings and Recommendations

For the second year in a row, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has released a report on its Toronto Harbour Monitoring Program. The report summarizes key findings and offers recommendations for both waterfront users and the City of Toronto.Highlights of the report:From May 17-September 6, Waterkeeper collected 339 samples from three primary locations: Bathurst Quay, Rees St. Slip, and Marina 4.57% of samples passed standards for swimming, 43% failed.July 21 was the worst day overall. Every single…

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PRESS RELEASE: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Releases 2nd Annual Toronto Harbour Report

October 11, 2017TORONTO, ON - Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s 2nd Annual Toronto Harbour Report launched on Wednesday to a crowd of volunteers, donors and community stakeholders.The report summarized Waterkeeper’s findings and offers recommendations that will help to protect Toronto Harbour and water users. It highlighted the continued problem with raw sewage pollution from Toronto’s combined sewage outflows within the inner harbour. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper also discussed how the findings from this year’s volunteer sampling has been…

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PRESS RELEASE: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Releases 2nd Annual Toronto Harbour Report

October 11, 2017TORONTO, ON - Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s 2nd Annual Toronto Harbour Report launched on Wednesday to a crowd of volunteers, donors and community stakeholders.The report summarized Waterkeeper’s findings and offers recommendations that will help to protect Toronto Harbour and water users. It highlighted the continued problem with raw sewage pollution from Toronto’s combined sewage outflows within the inner harbour. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper also discussed how the findings from this year’s volunteer sampling has been…

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Job Posting: Swim Guide Assistant

BackgroundSWIM DRINK FISH CANADA is a growing charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. Our programs bring together law, science, culture, and digital media in order to connect and empower people to restore polluted places, protect human health, and promote thriving natural spaces.In 2011, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper built and launched Swim Guide (www.theswimguide.org).  Swim Guide is a smartphone app that shows you your closest beaches and tells you whether or not the water is…

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What to do when you come across a spill

Fletcher's Creek, Brampton. To the left you'll see natural-looking water. To the right, black substance coming out of pipe and into the creek.  On September 20, a mysterious black substance spilled out of a storm drain and into a section of Fletcher’s Creek in Brampton. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper happened to be on hand both the day of the spill and before, filming restoration work on the creek. The creek just so happens to be home…

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What to do when you come across a spill

Fletcher's Creek, Brampton. To the left you'll see natural-looking water. To the right, black substance coming out of pipe and into the creek.  On September 20, a mysterious black substance spilled out of a storm drain and into a section of Fletcher’s Creek in Brampton. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper happened to be on hand both the day of the spill and before, filming restoration work on the creek, which just so happens to be home to…

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