Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park reclaims Kingston’s waterfront

Photo by Dylan Neild As you stand on the edge of the new Gord Edgar Downie Pier on July 26th and prepare to jump in, we ask you to take a moment. Pause. Reflect. This day has been decades in the making.A long history bonds Lake Ontario Waterkeeper with Kingston. It’s where Waterkeeper launched in June 2001 and where Mark Mattson, President and Waterkeeper, met Gord Downie years earlier. Gord, who lived across from the…

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IJC poll suggests recreation is a top Great Lakes priority

On July 10, 2018 the IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board released the results of it’s Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Mark Mattson presented the poll results with fellow Great Lakes Water Quality Board member, Kelsey Leonard.The poll's findings provide insight into how people experience the Great Lakes. One key finding focused on the importance of recreational activities. Out of all surveyed participants, 89 per cent believe protecting the Great Lakes for recreation…

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Contract Opportunity: PR and Media Specialist

Position: Public Relations and Media SpecialistPosition Type: Contract (2 months)Location: Downtown TorontoStart Date: ImmediatelySwim Drink Fish is looking for a Public Relations and Media Specialist to help raise the profile of our summer campaign. The ideal candidate will have experience in a relative field with existing media relations.  Responsibilities:Work with Communications and Marketing Manager to oversee organization communications strategies and goals.Develop a media work plan, seeking high-level placements in print, broadcast and online media.Coordinate public relations activities.Leverage existing media relationships. Manage…

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Job Posting: Finance & Grants Coordinator

Position: Finance & Grants CoordinatorPosition Type: Part-time, permanentLocation: Downtown TorontoStart Date: ImmediatelySwim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a new team member to oversee day-to-dayfinancial management at our growing charity. This is the perfect job for someone whowants to contribute to a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future and has experience inbookkeeping, financial management, or grants management in the non-profit sector.As the Finance Coordinator, you will:Receive donations and payments from supporters, input them into our database, and…

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Waterkeeper submission on Pickering Nuclear relicensing hearing

The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) relicensing hearing takes place June 25 - 29, 2018. For consideration during this hearing, Waterkeeper provided a submission to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). This Waterkeeper submission includes expert testimony and legal arguments concerning the PNGS' impacts on the swimmability, drinkability and fishability of Lake Ontario.Waterkeeper’s preliminary CNSC submission about the PNGS license renewal is available here. See the complete submission below. Waterkeeper's full submission for Pickering Nuclear Generating Station…

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Toronto inner harbour monitoring is back, and looking to expand its reaches

Photo by tsaiproject The Toronto Community Monitoring Program is a new a Swim Drink Fish Canada initiative. The program builds on our previous Toronto harbour monitoring in 2016 and 2017, which established a robust citizen-science monitoring hub, equipped with an in-house lab.  Last summer (2017) Waterkeeper staff and 100 volunteers gathered weekly on the waterfront to collect water samples and record observations about water quality in Toronto’s inner harbour. Our monitoring activities in the Toronto…

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Connect with Waterkeeper this recreational water season

Swim season arrived in Ontario this month. For you maybe that means open-water swimming after work, or joining a dragon boat team or perhaps waking up early to fish.As you start planning your recreational water activities, here are five ways to connect with Waterkeeper:1. Toronto Harbour MonitoringThe Toronto Harbour Monitoring team collects water samples from the harbour’s popular recreational areas. The Swim Guide team, with sponsors Evergreen and Muskoka Brewery, make this project possible. Want…

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CELA and Waterkeeper intervene in Hamilton Beach site court hearing

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper intervened in the Hamilton Beach site court hearing on May 23, 2018. The implications of the court’s decision will fundamentally affect the implementation of the Environmental Protection Act in Ontario.In particular, it will determine the scope of section 18 of the Act and the future of contaminated site clean up in this province.After Ontario’s Spill Action Centre was informed about buried metal drums on the…

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Ontario – Hear us out on recreational water standards

Swim season is upon us. The urge to connect with water is at its strongest during these warm summer months. The lakes, rivers, and streams are yours to enjoy. Yet, recreational water standards which are in place to protect public health from contaminated water are poorly understood. The E.coli thresholds mean the difference between open and posted beaches but are also an indicator of drinkable and fishable waters. That is why Swim Drink Fish Canada,…

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Pickering Waste Management hearing backgrounder

In October 2016, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) applied to renew its Waste Facility Operating Licence for its Pickering Waste Management Facility (PWMF). The previous licence expired March 31, 2018.OPG requested a licence term of approximately eleven years that would expire on August 31, 2028. OPG’s requested licence would permit it to continue its routine operations at the PWMF over that period, namely:processing and storing used fuel rods from the reactors at the Pickering Nuclear Generating…

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