How an endangered minnow stops Halton Hills in its path – Toronto Star – August 11, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Toronto Region Conservation Authority By Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park BureauFri., Aug. 11, 2017This little-known minnow has a lot of power and not just because it leaps out of streams to gulp unsuspecting flies and other annoying bugs.The Redside Dace, an endangered species notable for its red stripe, has stopped the Town of Halton Hills from finishing a pathway and bridge over Silver Creek in the Hungry Hollow ravine near Georgetown since…

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As the Culture Fest comes to a close we begin something new in Kingston

Today marks the closing of the first ever Kingston and Wolfe Island Culture Festival.Over the past 7 weeks we have explored what the Great Lakes mean to Kingston and Wolfe Island, how they’ve shaped our geography, our history, our identity. And, how they will shape our future.With the support of the Kingston Community we have hosted several amazing events: The Wolfe Island Festival of the Arts and Eating Lake Ontario hosted by the Wolfe Island…

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For Immediate Release: Swim Drink Fish Canada Presents the Waterkeeper Showcase at Wolfe Island Music Festival

WOLFE ISLAND — Swim Drink Fish Canada will host the Waterkeeper Showcase on the main stage of the Wolfe Island Music Festival on Friday August 11th. The Waterkeeper Showcase will be hosted by Swim Drink Fish President Mark Mattson. Performing artists include Said The Whale, YOUR BOY, The Kents, and Lou Canon.Watermark Project, a Swim Drink Fish initiative, is the primary focus of the Waterkeeper Showcase. Artists and attendees alike will be encouraged to share their…

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How fruit flies can help the mining industry

This post is an updated version of an older researcher profile on Laurentian University’s Thomas Merritt. Can fruit flies and microbes help lessen the damage caused by mining? That’s a question Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics, is working to answer. Merritt and collaborator Nadia Mykytczuk, NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communication, are working to find ways to mitigate the damage caused by acid mine drainage—the highly acidic waste…

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Art, Advocacy, & My Path To Watermark

I was raised on rock and roll. For me, Bowie, Lennon, and Strummer were more like father figures than elusive rock stars, and their lyrics were like welcome parental advice. I still crave songs illustrating hope, creativity, and social advocacy so it should be no surprise to learn that I’ve grown into a massive The Tragically Hip fan.One year ago, Canada came together for The Hip’s final concert. Standing proud, arms draped across each other's…

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My Summer in Kingston has given me hope.

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper My name is Rebecca Harrison and I am the Manager of Programs at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.Our organization started in Kingston over a decade ago. We launched there because even before we officially became Lake Ontario Waterkeeper we worked hand in hand with community organizations and local activists on a variety of cases. Our goal has always been to identify leaders within a community and assist their efforts for a swimmable drinkable…

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Change is coming to Great Lakes Restoration

Photo: Dylan Neild When we started Lake Ontario Waterkeeper in 2001 we had a simple approach to going after polluters: investigate the problem, find the polluter and make the government enforce the laws. Even though our country and province have some of the best environmental regulations they were being ignored and often went unenforced. Beaches were polluted, fish were rare and the waterfront was mostly closed off to the public. This disconnection between people and water…

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Robot Missions’ Field Test

Guest Blog: Erin Kennedy, Robot Missions What will shoreline cleanup look like in the future?Manual shoreline cleanup efforts are fuelled by the human spirit to show support for our planet. While this is important and impactful, often times the tiny-trash debris goes unnoticed or undetected while collecting the larger, more visible, items. Pieces such as nurdles, cigarette butts, styrofoam - all of which poses an ecological threat to the wildlife.Below are photos of the tiny…

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