Give the Gift of Swim Drink Fish

‘Tis the season of giving and this year we are offering our supporters the opportunity to give the gift of a swimmable drinkable fishable future to their friends and loved ones. With your help, we will move more people to know and safeguard their local waters by creating platforms based on law, science, education, and communications technology. 2017 Gift Options:  Each year we respond to nearly 100 pollution reports around the Great Lakes. On top of…

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Bird deaths at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach linked to botulism

Woodbine Beach. Photo by: Josh Evnin On November 5 2017, 30 ducks and one heron were found dead at Woodbine Beach in Toronto. After weeks of investigating, the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative reports that Type E botulism is the likely culprit for the bird deaths.What is botulism?Botulism is a neuromuscular disease that causes paralysis. Birds get it when they ingest a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. They tend to ingest it by unknowingly…

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Job Opportunity: Great Lakes Research Specialist (Contract)

Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a methodical researcher with a passion for the Great Lakes to compile information about the lakes for a new web project.The researcher will compile historical and ecological information about the Great Lakes watershed based on a set of questions provided by Swim Drink Fish Canada. Information will be found on the web, in books(!), and/or from subject-matter experts identified by the researcher. All sources must be documented, because…

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Media Coverage – November 2017

Photo: Swim Drink Fish Canada Waterkeeper"Peel Region released partially treated sewer water into Lake Ontario twice in 2017"Roger Belgrave, Brampton Guardian, November 23, 2017“Sewage bypasses are becoming all too common in Lake Ontario communities,” [Mark Mattson] said. In Toronto there have been 23 bypasses in 2017, he noted, that is more than double the previous year.“It is becoming a basic rule that people should start thinking about water quality, like the weather, as something that…

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Entre l’idéologie de la croissance et les constats de fait

C’était en collaboration avec le Comité de transition énergétique de Stop Oléoducs de la Capital du mouvement Coule pas chez nous que j’ai présenté une conférence au cégep Sainte-Foy le mercredi 15 novembre. Nous avons profité de l’occasion pour lancer en même temps mon livre Trop tard : La fin d’un monde et le début d’un nouveau, publié par Écosociété. Ma présentation suivait une première dans la série que le Comité organise, celle-là donnée par Éric…

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Report urges Canadian and US governments to do more to protect the Great Lakes

More than twenty years ago, Canada and the United States pledged to restore and protect Great Lakes water quality. After years of progress—and setbacks—the two countries asked an independent agency to look at their efforts and report to the public.This week, the first report came out. The reviews are mixed, though the main message is clear: the two countries need to do more, urgently, or the lakes will decline.The First Triennial Assessment Of Progress On…

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Winter pollution: the environmental impacts of road salt

Photo by Ruby Pajares. Cold weather has arrived in southern Ontario, and though there hasn’t been too much snow or freezing rain yet, that other indication of lower temperatures has arrived: salt. Sidewalks are already being covered with salt and it’s only going to get worse seeing how much people seem to use these days.And it’s understandable. Salt does an amazing job melting ice and preventing falling snow from accumulating.Unfortunately, salt has some real negative…

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Really? We’re going to tax students now?

I thought it necessary to interrupt my regularly scheduled post this week to highlight tax legislation that was recently passed by the United States House of Representatives last week (a similar plan is currently under consideration at in the United States Senate). Specifically, this legislation is concerning in how it potentially increases the tax burden for university students, faculty, and staff, while depleting resources for financial aid, research and teaching. For further background, you’ll find…

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Introducing the Eyes and Ears Campaign

On this website and on Swim Guide, we provide the opportunity for people to report pollution they see while they are on or around the water. Over the last year we have received 142 reports, ranging anywhere from trash on a beach to a major spill. We thank everyone who has sent us reports. They are invaluable sources of information.We still encourage everyone to send in reports, but we are now taking the next step…

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Waterkeeper reviews nuclear safety report, environmental protection performance

Port Hope Conversion Facility, October 2016. Last year, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper intervened in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) hearing to consider Cameco’s application to renew its Fuel Facility Operating Licence for its Port Hope Conversion Facility.At that hearing, Waterkeeper raised a number of concerns with the facility’s environmental monitoring programs. Additionally, Waterkeeper drew the CNSC’s attention to the lack of publicly available information from Cameco about its environmental performance.As a result, the Commissioners invited…

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