Case closed(ish): Shutting the door on the Toronto sewage bypass alerts

Aerial view of Humber Bay Treatment Plant after a rainstorm.  Massive amounts of rain fell on Toronto in one hour back in July, 2013. The deluge overwhelmed city infrastructure and knocked out power to at least one wastewater treatment plant. The city dumped more than 1-billion litres of raw sewage into Lake Ontario in a single day.Lake Ontario Waterkeeper responded to the flood by sampling recreational water spots around the city and working with local…

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Job Posting: Administrative Assistant Part-Time

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.We are seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to help us achieve our vision of swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for everyone. The Administrative Assistant will use their organizational, communications, and problem-solving skills to…

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You can tell a lot about a society by the state of its water

The text below is lifted verbatim from Krystyn Tully's keynote address at the "Lake Ontario, Our Future to Shape" conference on October 24, 2017.Water.You can tell a lot about a society by the state of its water. Is the community prosperous? Is there equality? How are decisions being made? How is the economy doing? How about culture and social life? What will the future hold?The answers are all there, in the water.Today we are talking about…

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Job Posting: Communications and Marketing Manager

BackgroundSWIM DRINK FISH CANADA is a growing charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. Swim Drink Fish operates five programs: Great Lakes Challenge, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Swim Guide, Great Lakes Guide, and Watermark Project.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. We are seeking a Communications and Marketing Manager to help us achieve…

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The Great Lakes Challenge: The Era of Restoration

This year has been an amazing year for Swim Drink Fish Canada. As we prepare to officially launch our new national brand I wanted to take time to update you on one of the most exciting restoration projects on the Great Lakes in modern memory, one that we hope will change the way we approach water development forever.It all started about this time last year, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation was looking to invest $1…

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Media Coverage – October 2017

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gord Downie"WATCH: Gord Downie Wanted to Protect Our Water"Aaron Brophy, samaritanmag.com, October 24, 2017Downie, who passed away at age 53 on October 17th, was an avid supporter of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and its related causes.Started in 2000 by lawyer Mark Mattson and researcher Krystyn Tully, the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper charity, "helps to create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future by connecting and empowering people in order to stop pollution, protect human health, and…

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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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