A letter to Mayor Tory about Waterkeeper’s Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report

On November 7, 2018, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper released its third annual Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report in front of Toronto’s vibrant waterfront community. At the launch event Waterkeeper presented its five recommendations for the City of Toronto as well as a letter to Mayor John Tory outlining the importance of those recommendations. Sixty five waterfront community members signed onto Waterkeeper’s letter to the mayor.The city is in a defining moment. It can embrace the harbour’s water…

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Environmental Commissioner urges the Ontario government to eliminate sewage pollution

Waterkeeper’s investigation team testing Toronto Harbour water for sewage pollution, summer 2018. The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, into the environmental compliance approval of every municipality that has a combined sewer system, a legal obligation to adopt a public Pollution Prevention Control Plan to virtually eliminate combined sewer overflows within a reasonable time, and the MECP should enforce these plans,-- 2018 Environmental Protection Report, Back to Basics: Clean Water,…

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L’effondrement ne sera pas un «événement» (1)

Mon dernier article a suscité des commentaires mettant en évidence un positionnement de plusieurs leaders des groupes environnementaux qui semblent en contradiction avec les connaissances scientifiques qui guident les groupes depuis des décennies. Il s’agit en particulier d’un rejet de l’urgence d’action face aux changements climatiques. En contre-partie, les commentaires ont ciblé les travaux de Pablo Servigne et ses collaborateurs mettant en évidence la nécessité de trouver des approches à l’effondrement, déjà en cours. Cela à son…

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Press Release: New Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report shows Inner Harbour needs city action on water testing, sewage cleanup

Charity group Swim Drink Fish releases 5 recommendations to help the City of Toronto to take ownership of water pollution problems associated with sewage spillsTORONTO -- Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a Swim Drink Fish Initiative, is releasing findings from its Toronto Harbour Monitoring Program. After testing water quality for four months, the charity found that a disturbing amount of sewage ends up in Toronto’s Inner Harbour from combined sewer outfalls. During the summer of 2018, staff…

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Could fake grants help clean up the peer review process?

My office mate and I were discussing the apparent randomness of grant assessment the other day. We traded stories of amazing grants that got shafted and horrible grants that somehow got cut a cheque for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In academia, we all have these tales, but funnily enough we don’t always agree on what “amazing” and “horrible” are. So how can we possibly improve the situation? In the face of such subjectivity, we…

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