The story behind guitarist Rob Baker’s water safety video

The Gord Edgar Downie Pier opened to the public in Kingston in 2018. This unique swimming pier was part of a multi-million dollar restoration project at Breakwater Park spearheaded by the City of Kingston. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s parent organization, Swim Drink Fish, worked with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to secure funds to support the creation of the pier and protect the shoreline. Rob Baker, guitarist with The Tragically Hip and Kingstonian, helped us create…

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Imagine if Torontonians had a new beach to enjoy at Ontario Place (Photo Essay)

People are already drawn to the water at Ontario Place. Why not embrace their connection to the water? In a city where people often live for years not realizing how close they are to Lake Ontario, a growing community of people have started to embrace a hidden gem at Ontario Place. On Saturday, August 10th we joined representatives from groups like Park People, Ontario Place For All, Surf The Greats, Environmental Defence and unaffiliated area…

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Ontario Place: Come join us. Imagine the future of Toronto’s waterfront

The southwest beach of Ontario Place. Friends,On Saturday, August 10 at 2:00pm on the southwest end of Ontario Place a few people interested in water access in Toronto are gathering to view and discuss the potential for a new swimming access point at Ontario Place. This is a fun, informal gathering for the people and organizations who want to dream together about restoring swimming access to Ontario Place. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has been sampling the area and posting results to Swim Guide each week…

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Copy of Request for Review, Procedure F-5-5

(2) I believe that the ministry should undertake my review to protect the environment because ... It is approaching one decade since F-5-5 was introduced, yet every municipality studied on Lake Ontario still fails to meet its objectives.1. Procedure F-5-5 is a supporting document for Guideline F-5, Levels of Treatment for Municipal and Private Sewage Treatment Works Discharging to Surface Waters. The Procedure applies to sewage treatment works with combined sewer systems (wastewater collection systems…

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Why the citizen science hub thing we started might change the Great Lakes forever

Me, far right. That’s the smile of someone who really loves water quality monitoring. Some time in 2001, I took my first water sample. I know it was in Toronto, but I’m not sure where it was. It could have been a leaking landfill at King’s Mill Park on the Humber River, an old gas station seeping into Wendigo Creek in High Park, or a sewer pipe emptying into Taylor Massey Creek.The funny thing about…

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Study finds closed beaches, contaminated water around Ontario

In 2002-2003, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper sought to find whether a little-known provincial water quality goal (Procedure F-5-5) was protecting waterways from the impacts of combined sewer overflows and keeping our beaches clean enough for swimming.Key findings:65% of all samples included in study did not meet Provincial Water Quality Objectives.79% of all samples taken by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper did not meet Provincial Water Quality Objectives.Dry weather overflows still occur in 100% of the regions studied.Only 9…

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Job Posting: Digital Community Specialist

Position Type: Full TimeLocation: Toronto, Ont.Start Date: July 2019Swim Drink Fish is a Canada-based organization connecting people with water. We help more than 3-million people discover the importance of nature in their lives and provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to safeguard swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. As the Digital Community Specialist, your mission is to ensure that every person in the Swim Drink Fish community feels connected to a global movement of people…

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“Flushable” items and pharmaceuticals aren’t flushable after all, two new reports say

Since my earliest memories in the early 1990s, I was taught not to flush certain things like hair or paper towel because they would plug the toilet. The fear of embarrassment from plugging a toilet at a friend’s place has stopped me from flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilet. Over the last decade, an increasing number of consumer products are being touted as “flushable”. These products range from facial tissue, moist wipes, toddler…

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Toronto Harbour seeing effects of rising Lake Ontario water levels

Lake Ontario’s swim season has arrived during record high water levels. As you spend more time by the water, you will notice how these water levels impact your favourite waterfront destinations. Lake Ontario - like all Great Lakes - is dynamic. Great Lakes Guide’s Meghan Callon recently wrote about the 6 things you should know about water levels in the Great Lakes. Since that article was written, current water levels are now the highest ever…

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Job Posting: Toronto Harbour Monitoring Hub Assistant

Position Type: Full Time, Fixed Term ContractLocation: Downtown TorontoStart Date: ImmediatelySwim Drink Fish is a growing charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. Our programs bring together law, science, culture, and digital media in order to connect and empower people to restore polluted places, protect human health, and promote thriving natural spaces. We are hiring a Monitoring Hub Assistant to help run the Toronto Community Monitoring Hub for the summer of 2019. This program serves…

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