Waterkeeper makes recommendations for improvements to Canadian radioactive waste management policy

Pippa Feinstein is a Toronto-based lawyer, researcher, and mediator focussed on environmental and social justice who has worked with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to safeguard Lake Ontario.  For 20 years, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has been the leading voice on nuclear issues and threats to Great Lakes drinking water. Years ago, the Darlington nuclear plant killed 18 million fish a year due to an out of date cooling system. Lake Ontario’s advocacy has led to rebuilding improvements…

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Waterkeeper submits comments on two Regulatory Oversight Reports to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

On November 16, Waterkeeper submitted two reports to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) which will be considered by Commission Members as part of their annual Regulatory Oversight Report (ROR) meeting in December.In its reports, Waterkeeper congratulated the Commission for implementing two of its long-standing recommendations. It also underscored persistent concerns relating to the collection and communication of environmental data concerning nuclear facilities’ operations:1. Upload environmental dataThe CNSC has implemented a long-standing recommendation by Waterkeeper…

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Creating protected areas on the Toronto waterfront for open water swimming and more

It is more apparent every day just how much of a waterfront city Toronto is becoming. This summer proved that people are starved for accessible places to access the lake. Without the freedom of summer travel, many in the City of Toronto headed to the beach this summer, seeking a place to cool off in the waters of Lake Ontario. But is there enough access to swimmable waters in the city? The answer is no.Communities…

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Torontonians need more access to shorelines states 2019 Toronto Water Monitoring Report

“Water quality sampling in Toronto’s waters by Swim Drink Fish is important for many reasons. It engages the local officials and water users in collecting meaningful water quality data to share with the public on Swim Guide and it grows the movement of people working for swimmable drinkable fishable water.” — Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and President of Swim Drink Fish Our fourth annual report, Toronto Water Monitoring Report: A SwimmableTO has been released and…

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The Citizen Scientists of the Toronto Monitoring Hub

“A President’s Choice shopping bag, a couple of tampon applicators, and a bright red condom, that is what I picked up out of the water outside of my house this morning.” - Shawn Vanderheyden, a resident of the Toronto Islands and a Toronto Monitoring Hub volunteer. How would I describe the volunteers who monitor at the Toronto Hub? They are caring, kind, intellectual thinkers, determined, helpful, inquisitive, proactive, and genuinely good people. Working with the volunteer citizen…

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Checking In with @waterkeepermark and Hannah McDonald from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

For the Checking In series, Mark Mattson speaks with Hannah McDonald from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper‘s Kingston Water Monitoring Hub. As the Citizen Science Monitoring Hub Coordinator at the Kingston hub, Hannah routinely samples Kingston’s waterfront, analyzes the water samples, and shares the water quality data with you on Swim Guide. MM: Tell me a little about yourself and your connections to Lake Ontario.HM: I am the Citizen Science Water Monitoring Hub Coordinator in Kingston, Ontario.…

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Checking In with @waterkeepermark and Sadie Caron from Swim Drink Fish

For the Checking In series, Mark Mattson speaks with Sadie Caron from Swim Drink Fish. As Western Programs Manager, Sadie ensures the Vancouver Water Monitoring Hub is routinely sampling Vancouver’s waterfront, analyzing the water samples, and sharing the water quality data with you on Swim Guide. MM: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your watershed.SC: I'm Sadie, the Western Program Manager for Swim Drink Fish. I am based in Vancouver, and manage both…

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Checking In with @waterkeepermark and Alysse Mathalon from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

For the Checking In series, Mark Mattson speaks with Alysse Mathalon from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Swim Drink Fish. As the Water Quality Monitoring Hub Coordinator, Alysse ensures the Toronto Water Monitoring Hub is routinely sampling Toronto’s waterfront, analyzing the water samples, and sharing the water quality data with you on Swim Guide. MM: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your watershed.AM: I am the Water Quality Monitoring Hub Coordinator for Swim Drink…

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Checking In: @waterkeepermark and the Kingston Water Monitoring Hub

Welcome to the new Kingston Water Monitoring Hub! One of the ways Swim Drink Fish connects people to water is through citizen science, with a special focus on testing water used for recreation, like beaches, marinas, and paddling courses. This summer, Swim Drink Fish and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper launched the new Kingston Water Monitoring Hub. In this video, Mark Mattson, Swim Drink Fish President and Waterkeeper, discusses why water quality testing is so important for…

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Checking In: @waterkeepermark checks in with the Swim Guide Affiliates program

For the Checking In series, Mark Mattson checks in with the Swim Guide Affiliates program. Swim Guide helps Affiliates share water quality data with millions of people around the world. Check Swim Guide for up-to-date information about which beaches are open and for more information about how to use public beaches responsibly during COVID-19. Q: First of all, what is Swim Guide?A: First and foremost it is a free website and app that is the…

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