An open letter to my city: Toronto isn’t ready for the “Not Impaired” label

Krystyn Tully speaking prior to a shoreline cleanup and water sampling excursion at Humber Bay Park West.  An open letter to my city:Toronto, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.Perched on the shore of a sparkling blue lake and lined with ravines and parks, your place in this world promises so much.And yet.Your greatness as a city doesn’t quite live up to the greatness of your place. You—we—could be so much more.In the local…

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An open letter to my city: Toronto isn’t ready for the “Not Impaired” label

Krystyn Tully speaking prior to a shoreline cleanup and water sampling excursion at Humber Bay Park West.  An open letter to my city:Toronto, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.Perched on the shore of a sparkling blue lake and lined with ravines and parks, your place in this world promises so much.And yet.Your greatness as a city doesn’t quite live up to the greatness of your place. You—we—could be so much more.In the local…

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Waterkeeper disagrees with report that concludes the aesthetics of Toronto’s watersheds should be considered “Not Impaired”

The aesthetics of Toronto's waterfront is supposedly fine. Waterkeeper disagrees with this assessment. Above is a common sight in the Inner Harbour (July 21, 2017, Rees St. Slip).  The Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan (Toronto RAP) team recently released a report entitled BUI Status Re-Designation Report: Degradation of Aesthetics.The report suggests that Toronto’s waters are now “free from persistent objectionable unnatural deposit, unnatural colour, objectionable odour, or unnatural turbidity (e.g., oil slick or surface…

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Media Coverage – September 2017

Photos: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Special Coverage: Unknown Black Spill in Fletcher's Creek Threatens Redside Dace HabitatWednesday September 20, 2017Toronto Star - Ainslie CruickshankUnknown black substance threatens endangered minnow habitatThursday September 21, 2017CBC - Greg RossMysterious black sludge in Fletcher's Creek could devastate endangered fishBrampton Guardian - Pam DouglasMysterious sludge pours into Fletcher's Creek in BramptonFriday September 22, 2017Brampton Guardian - Pam DouglasSLUDGE VIDEO: Mystery sludge that poured into Fletcher's Creek could be identified by next weekUnknown…

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Media Coverage – September 2017

Photos: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Special Coverage: Unknown Black Spill in Fletcher's Creek Threatens Redside Dace HabitatWednesday September 20, 2017Toronto Star - Ainslie CruickshankUnknown black substance threatens endangered minnow habitatThursday September 21, 2017CBC - Greg RossMysterious black sludge in Fletcher's Creek could devastate endangered fishBrampton Guardian - Pam DouglasMysterious sludge pours into Fletcher's Creek in BramptonFriday September 22, 2017Brampton Guardian - Pam DouglasSLUDGE VIDEO: Mystery sludge that poured into Fletcher's Creek could be identified by next weekUnknown…

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Job Posting: Great Lakes Guide Project Lead

Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a full-time project lead to oversee the development and launch of a new web project dedicated to promoting and protecting the Great Lakes. The project lead reports directly to the Vice President. The position is open as of October 1, 2017.The ideal project lead is someone who has a deep passion for the history, ecology, and unique economic potential of the Great Lakes region in addition to practical…

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Job Posting: Great Lakes Guide Project Lead

Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a full-time project lead to oversee the development and launch of a new web project dedicated to promoting and protecting the Great Lakes. The project lead reports directly to the Vice President. The position is open as of October 1, 2017.The ideal project lead is someone who has a deep passion for the history, ecology, and unique economic potential of the Great Lakes region in addition to practical…

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Report on Toronto’s watersheds available for public comment

A new report about Toronto water quality has been released. You have an important chance to comment on the city’s progress when it comes to restoring water quality. Here’s our summary of the issue and information about how you can share your views with the government. (*Spoiler alert*: this is one of the most important decisions about Toronto waters that has been made in a long time.)The Toronto & Region Remedial Action Plan has released…

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City officials to discuss Toronto water quality at public meeting, September 20

Senior officials from the City of Toronto will take the stage at a “Lake Ontario Evenings” event on September 20 at the Gladstone Hotel.The event is part of the Toronto & Region Remedial Action Plan program, a twenty-year old initiative to restore the Toronto waterfront.From the event page:“We will be discussing current water quality conditions along the Toronto waterfront, what is being done to address environmental challenges, and how we can move toward delisting Toronto…

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The rule everyone should follow to save our waters

Sewage pollution near Rees St. Slip in the Toronto Harbour. Photo credit: Photo by Russell Black / Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Whenever you come across some pollution in the water or on the shoreline, a few thoughts may go through your head. For example, you may feel disgusted by what you see, and choose to ignore it. Out of sight, out of mind, or the other way around in this case.You may instead be so disheartened…

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