Swimming in Lake Ontario: Five beaches to explore this weekend

Can I swim in Lake Ontario? Is it safe to swim in Lake Ontario? But where would I swim even if it is safe?Have you ever asked yourself one (or all) of these questions? Here are the answers to those questions and five Lake Ontario beaches to explore this weekend.Can I swim in Lake Ontario?Yes! Lake Ontario offers fantastic swimming at many beaches. Not all beaches are ‘public beaches’, some are naturally occurring ‘wild beaches’…

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Green Rush or Green Goblin?

Green Rush or Green Goblin - The varying potencies of cannabis legalization. Listen to Part 1 of Simon and Deena's discussion about drug use in Canada. Topics include: decriminalization vs legalization; Fact Check on cannabis laced with fentanyl; apparent East-Coast trend of lacing cannabis with Windex; the varying drug policies re: cannabis by province; and harm reduction techniques. In an upcoming episode, Part 2, Simon and Deena take drug policy questions to the leader of…

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Line in the sand: What I saw and heard at the Breakwater Park and Gord Edgar Downie Pier opening

Opening day at Breakwater Park and the unveiling of the Gord Edgar Downie Pier. Photo by Swim Drink Fish. There is something unique about the sound of wet feet running on wood.Thwap thwap thwap thwapThe wood resonates after the feet move on.That sound is my most powerful memory from today, the re-opening of Kingston’s Breakwater Park and the unveiling of the Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier.The wood-slatted bridge connects the land to the cement pier,…

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Swim Drink Fish and the City of Kingston unveil the Gord Edgar Downie Pier

Kingston Mayor (left) and Patrick Downie (right) cross the bridge from Breakwater Park to the new Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier. July 26, 2018. Photo by Swim Drink Fish. July 27, 2018–Kingston, Ontario -- The Gord Edgar Downie Pier was officially unveiled during the re-opening ceremonies of Breakwater Park yesterday.Hundreds of attendees came to experience the new Breakwater Park features, including a new promenade, pedestrian bridge and shade structure, pier upgrades, steps and seating, shoreline works…

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Quarterly summary: From startups to dropouts

It’s been a long “quarter” – turns out we haven’t summarised our blogging activity since February.  Apologies to our readers that rely on these summaries to do their catch-up; we’ll do better in future.  Since this has been such a long period of blogs, the themes are not quite so easy to extract. Jonathan blogged about his experience launching a startup company and on some interpersonal issues like 360 faculty review and researcher vulnerability. And I’ve…

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The Opioid Crisis

In the beginning, it killed the pain and it didn’t bother me. I didn’t have cravings for it or anything like that. When I couldn’t stand the pain, I would take a pill. And then one day, I woke up and took a pill; there was no pain though… It sneaks up on you, it grabs you without notice… I didn’t know I was becoming addicted when I became addicted.” This story is unfortunately becoming…

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Letter from the Editors – Volume 6, Issue 2

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” – Edgar Allan Poe. In this issue of IMMpress Magazine, we open a discussion on drugs and…

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