City of Toronto now sending out sewage bypass alerts

Sewage piles up near the mouth of the Humber River. July, 2013. Photo by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. In July of 2014, Waterkeeper filed a request to the province to bring sewage bypass alerts to Toronto. The city notifies the Ministry of Environment every time a wastewater treatment plant bypasses, but those alerts are not made public.Fast forward three years later and Toronto, as of this month, is finally sending out public notifications for bypasses. The city…

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The Canadian Mountain Network is Dedicated to Website Accessibility

Brett Dietterle @brett_dietterle The Canadian Mountain Network is committed to inclusivity and ensuring as many people as possible have access to our content. After initially consulting with Student Accessibility Services at the University of Alberta, we created a list of features we would like to implement on our website. We then implemented several of these features to further our engagement and allow us to reach a wider demographic of people. A toolbar on the left…

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Wolfe Island Lit Fest Cancelled

The Lit Fest, scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24 at Brophy's Point on Wolfe Island, has been cancelled due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.Tonight's Music Showcase is carrying on as planned.The Lit Fest is part of the Kingston & Wolfe Island Culture Festival, which begins June 23 and carries right through to August 12. Please visit the Kingston & Wolfe Island Culture Festival page for a list of all scheduled events. 

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Weekend reads

New reading material for the weekend or for those of you that are blessed with some better weather perhaps for Monday morning back at work. Identifying Bird Remains Using Ancient DNA BarcodingBird remains that are difficult to identify taxonomically using morphological methods, are common in the palaeontological record. Other types of challenging avian material include artefacts and food items from endangered taxa, as well as remains from aircraft strikes. We here present a DNA-based method that…

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A quiet night

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night I’m not sure all these people understand It’s not like years ago The fear of getting caught The recklessness in water They cannot see me naked These things they go away “Nightswimming”, R.E.M. Full confession: I am not a particularly audacious person.  I invariably choose Truth over Dare, and I’m probably one of the few people over the age of 18 who can play Never Have I Ever and be…

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Gord Edgar Downie Pier: Just Perfect

Last night the City of Kingston unanimously approved a resolution to honour Gord Downie by naming the deep water swimming pier in the new Breakwater Park redevelopment The Gord Edgar Downie Pier.Most know Gord as a musician and member of The Tragically Hip, the Kingston band that created the quintessential Canadian soundtrack. However, Gord has also been a tireless champion and dedicated steward of Lake Ontario as a supporter and Board member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Gord…

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What do we mean when we talk about the niche?

The niche concept is a good example of an idea in ecology that is continually changing. It is probably the most important idea in ecology that no one has yet nailed down. As most histories of the niche mention, the niche has developed from its first mention by Grinnell (in 1917) to Hutchinson’s multi-dimensional niche space, to mechanistic descriptions of resource usage and R*s (from MacArthur’s warblers to Tilman’s algae). Its most recent incarnation can…

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