A letter to Mayor Tory about Waterkeeper’s Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report

On November 7, 2018, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper released its third annual Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report in front of Toronto’s vibrant waterfront community. At the launch event Waterkeeper presented its five recommendations for the City of Toronto as well as a letter to Mayor John Tory outlining the importance of those recommendations. Sixty five waterfront community members signed onto Waterkeeper’s letter to the mayor.The city is in a defining moment. It can embrace the harbour’s water…

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Environmental Commissioner urges the Ontario government to eliminate sewage pollution

Waterkeeper’s investigation team testing Toronto Harbour water for sewage pollution, summer 2018. The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, into the environmental compliance approval of every municipality that has a combined sewer system, a legal obligation to adopt a public Pollution Prevention Control Plan to virtually eliminate combined sewer overflows within a reasonable time, and the MECP should enforce these plans,-- 2018 Environmental Protection Report, Back to Basics: Clean Water,…

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Press Release: New Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report shows Inner Harbour needs city action on water testing, sewage cleanup

Charity group Swim Drink Fish releases 5 recommendations to help the City of Toronto to take ownership of water pollution problems associated with sewage spillsTORONTO -- Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a Swim Drink Fish Initiative, is releasing findings from its Toronto Harbour Monitoring Program. After testing water quality for four months, the charity found that a disturbing amount of sewage ends up in Toronto’s Inner Harbour from combined sewer outfalls. During the summer of 2018, staff…

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Job Posting: Digital Marketing Specialist, Great Lakes Guide

Position Type: Full-time ContractLocation: Downtown TorontoStart Date: ImmediatelyABOUT THE PROJECTLaunched in 2018, Great Lakes Guide is a web platform that connects people to the Great Lakes (greatlakes.guide). The Guide helps more people go to the water more often by making it easier for people to find parks, beaches, trails, and other public spaces. The Guide teaches people where their water comes from and what birds and fish live near them. It promotes Indigenous languages, history, and perspectives. It…

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Job Posting: Program Lead, Great Lakes Communities Monitoring Initiative

Position Type: Full-time position through to March 2022Location: Downtown TorontoStart Date: November 2018The Great Lakes Communities Recreational Waters Monitoring Initiative is a four-year demonstration project to engage underserved communities in water quality monitoring, data-sharing, and stewardship. The purposes of the Initiative are (i) to invent a scalable, sustainable model for ongoing water quality monitoring that addresses both western science and traditional knowledge needs; (ii) to hone best practices for communicating water quality results to the community quickly and…

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Comment period open for proposed road near Port Hope’s West Beach

A beach can be many things: a place you teach loved-ones to swim, where you watch sunrises and sunsets, your favourite spot to paddleboard, or a place you gather with friends. Beaches are your gateway to your local waters. And Port Hope’s West Beach is a gateway to Lake Ontario.  The Municipality of Port Hope is currently completing a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which could change how West Beach connects you to Lake Ontario in…

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Make the most of your Labour Day weekend with Great Lakes Guide

As you consider the last few activities on your summer checklist, consider a trip to a provincial park along Lake Ontario’s shores. They offer places to swim, hike, paddle, camp and relax. One trip with multiple possibilities. Summer happens by the water and provincial parks connect you with Lake Ontario.Use Great Lakes Guide to make the most of this Labour Day weekend.Here are five parks to visit near Lake Ontario: 1. Presqu’ile Provincial ParkLooking for a…

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Swim Drink Fish: Statement

After yesterday's rainfall we encourage Toronto residents and visitors to report any sightings of sewage and pollution in the Inner Harbour, Don River, Humber River and Black Creek areas to 311 Toronto via phone, email and social media. It is advised to avoid swimming for 48-hours after rainfall.Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's Toronto Harbour Water Monitoring results from Tuesday, August 21st will be available today after 12pm. There will not be sampling conducted today. Thursday, August 23rd…

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Three things to remember for open-water swimming

Summer can leave you wondering where to swim. In Great Lakes cities you don't have to wander far. You have the privilege of escaping the pool and jumping into the open water. With hundreds of kilometres of Lake Ontario shoreline, the opportunity for open-water swimming is all around you. And jumping in is one of the best ways to get to know your local waters. Here are three things to remember for open-water swimming:1. Check the water…

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Letter to City of Toronto requesting sewage spill cleanup – August 2018

Sewage spilled into the Toronto Harbour following heavy rains earlier this week. Photo taken August 8, 2018 by Flavia Lopez. The average rainfall for the entire month of August landed on Toronto in a single 24-hour period on August 7, 2018. Heavy rainfall is known to cause sewage spills on the Toronto waterfront, so the Swim Drink Fish Monitoring Team went to Harbourfront on the morning of August 8, 2018. They found evidence of a…

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