Three things to remember for open-water swimming

Summer can leave you wondering where to swim. In Great Lakes cities you don't have to wander far. You have the privilege of escaping the pool and jumping into the open water. With hundreds of kilometres of Lake Ontario shoreline, the opportunity for open-water swimming is all around you. And jumping in is one of the best ways to get to know your local waters. Here are three things to remember for open-water swimming:1. Check the water…

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Le pétrole, l’ALÉNA et l’automobile (1)

Ce long article, en deux parties, cherche à intégrer deux réflexions, l’une sur le rôle de l’énergie dans la lente déconstruction des fondements de l’ALÉNA et des économies des trois pays qui y sont partenaires, l’autre sur l’importance de l’auto dans l’ALÉNA alors que l’accord est en train d’être renégocié et un questionnement quant à l’intérêt de son maintien.  Dans la couverture des négociations sur le renouvellement de l’ALÉNA, les médias ne semblent pas avoir beaucoup d’intérêt…

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Le pétrole, l’ALÉNA et l’automobile (1)

Ce long article, en deux parties, cherche à intégrer deux réflexions, l’une sur le rôle de l’énergie dans la lente déconstruction des fondements de l’ALÉNA et des économies des trois pays qui y sont partenaires, l’autre sur l’importance de l’auto dans l’ALÉNA alors que l’accord est en train d’être renégocié et un questionnement quant à l’intérêt de son maintien.  Dans la couverture des négociations sur le renouvellement de l’ALÉNA, les médias ne semblent pas avoir beaucoup d’intérêt…

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Win some, lose some

Our failures don't need to define us - cliche, we know! Listen as Simon and Deena share some of their failures while in academia and as far back as high school. Also, Simon's good friend Dom shares what she views as failures during her PhD and, "against all odds", becoming a faculty member in a prestigious liberal arts university in New York. Deena shares the perspective from an interview she came across that allowing oneself…

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Letter to City of Toronto requesting sewage spill cleanup – August 2018

Sewage spilled into the Toronto Harbour following heavy rains earlier this week. Photo taken August 8, 2018 by Flavia Lopez. The average rainfall for the entire month of August landed on Toronto in a single 24-hour period on August 7, 2018. Heavy rainfall is known to cause sewage spills on the Toronto waterfront, so the Swim Drink Fish Monitoring Team went to Harbourfront on the morning of August 8, 2018. They found evidence of a…

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The opportunity cost to doing scientific research at a university

Most of us become scientists because of a fundamental desire to improve human health and well-being. We want to make the world better, but the premise that the only way to do this is through a university is mistaken. There is an opportunity cost to doing scientific research within the confines of the university that needs to be acknowledged. The alternative, of course, is seeking independent financing. Private enterprise are the shades of gray in…

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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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