Cautionary warning to all Toronto waterfront users after sewage spill

Last night’s heavy rainfall caused a sewage spill in Toronto’s Inner Harbour. Toronto waterfront users should avoid contact with the water for at least 48 hours to reduce exposure to bacteria and waterborne illnesses. Our Toronto Harbour Monitoring Team sampled Toronto's Inner Harbour this morning and will post results to Swim Guide tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, August 9th). Please stay tuned to this blog for further updates from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. If you visit Toronto's Inner Harbour today, please…

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Waterkeeper submission on the current state and future of National Energy data

On May 29, 2018, Pippa Feinstein presented Waterkeeper’s submission on the current and future of National Energy data to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Click here for the transcript of Waterkeeper’s presentation including discussion from the standing committee members. Please see Waterkeeper’s full submission below. Waterkeeper's submission to the NR Standing Committee on the current state and future of National Energy data from LOWaterkeeper

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Swimming in Lake Ontario: Five beaches to explore this weekend

Can I swim in Lake Ontario? Is it safe to swim in Lake Ontario? But where would I swim even if it is safe?Have you ever asked yourself one (or all) of these questions? Here are the answers to those questions and five Lake Ontario beaches to explore this weekend.Can I swim in Lake Ontario?Yes! Lake Ontario offers fantastic swimming at many beaches. Not all beaches are ‘public beaches’, some are naturally occurring ‘wild beaches’…

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Line in the sand: What I saw and heard at the Breakwater Park and Gord Edgar Downie Pier opening

Opening day at Breakwater Park and the unveiling of the Gord Edgar Downie Pier. Photo by Swim Drink Fish. There is something unique about the sound of wet feet running on wood.Thwap thwap thwap thwapThe wood resonates after the feet move on.That sound is my most powerful memory from today, the re-opening of Kingston’s Breakwater Park and the unveiling of the Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier.The wood-slatted bridge connects the land to the cement pier,…

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Swim Drink Fish and the City of Kingston unveil the Gord Edgar Downie Pier

Kingston Mayor (left) and Patrick Downie (right) cross the bridge from Breakwater Park to the new Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier. July 26, 2018. Photo by Swim Drink Fish. July 27, 2018–Kingston, Ontario -- The Gord Edgar Downie Pier was officially unveiled during the re-opening ceremonies of Breakwater Park yesterday.Hundreds of attendees came to experience the new Breakwater Park features, including a new promenade, pedestrian bridge and shade structure, pier upgrades, steps and seating, shoreline works…

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Gratitude Swim celebrates Swim Drink Fish movement and Gord Edgar Downie Pier

On July 26, 2018, we unveil the Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park in Kingston. It’s a day of celebration and gratitude. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than jumping into the water for a swim - a Gratitude Swim. The Gratitude Swim follows the Gord Edgar Downie Pier dedication with the City of Kingston and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. It celebrates the decades of hard work, from you and…

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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 Manager

Position: Finance ManagerPosition Type: Full-timeLocation: Downtown TorontoStart Date: ImmediatelySwim Drink Fish is a growing charity dedicated to ensuring swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. We are looking for a new team member to manage all aspects of financial reporting. This role will report to the Vice President and work closely with the Treasurer. This is the perfect role for someone who wants to contribute to a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future and has experience in bookkeeping, financial…

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