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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Swim Drink Fish submission for Ontario’s environment plan

This week Swim Drink Fish submitted comments to the Government of Ontario on its provincial environment plan. As a Swim Drink Fish initiative, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper hopes the province will understand the deep and profound importance of water, especially the Great Lakes, to this province after reading this submission. Waterkeeper wants this understanding to inform how the province safeguards water in this region. Swim Drink Fish learned about the proposed plan in November 2018. Shortly…

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Is Hamilton about to re-connect with Lake Ontario?

Photo by Dylan Neild Good news for the southwestern shores of Lake Ontario may be coming.This week the Hamilton Spectator reported Hamilton City Council has requested city staff provide transparency to its residents, within 24-hours of sewage overflows in the harbour and surrounding creeks.With the City of Hamilton stating they will alert the public of "Any Discharges of Untreated or Partially Treated Sewage" this evidently includes combined sewer overflows (CSOs). According to Wastewater System Effluent…

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Even in winter the Gord Edgar Downie Pier remains a beacon

Photo by Shane Schofield Six months after its public opening, the Gord Edgar Downie Pier remains a beacon for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water across the Great Lakes. My recent trip to Kingston with Mark Mattson reminded me of this. This pier helps people reimagine their connection to Lake Ontario and is shaping a new generation of water leaders.While the summertime crowds hibernate, the swimming pier's magic remains. The breeze, the view, the pier’s connection to…

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Why you should spend more time by the water in 2019

What would you say if someone asked you, “How can I help Lake Ontario this year?”This is a common question for the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper team. Our suggestion? Make connecting to Lake Ontario a priority for 2019 and spend more time by the water. The first step to protecting Lake Ontario is connecting to the water. Connection before protectionYou can help Lake Ontario by spending time on the water. Here are some ideas to get…

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The price of salt: How road salts are affecting our Great Lakes

Around Lake Ontario, winter-weather forecasts bring out road salt. This means crunchy sidewalks, dog booties and salt-stained shoes. It also means severe impacts for Lake Ontario’s watershed and its aquatic life. When rain or snowmelt wash road salt (sodium chloride; Na-Cl) into storm sewers and water ways it causes a damaging spike in salinity. The image was taken by markgranitz. It illustrates the typical overuse of road salt on the sidewalks. Impact on Aquatic LifeIn…

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Reflecting on 2018: a letter from Mark Mattson, President & Waterkeeper

The Swim Drink Fish community punches above its weight. What it lacks in size, is made up for in heart. Your heart. Our heart. All our hearts. With your help and support, we conquered some of the biggest challenges to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water in 2018. We needed to make swimmable water a national priority. We did that. By working hard, staff and volunteers took thousands of water samples. Sharing these results we prevented many…

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Can sewers overflow in dry weather?

The conventional wisdom is that the combined sewers in the City of Toronto only overflow during storms. You may have heard this said so many times with so much conviction that you believe it’s true. But is it? Are storms the only reason for combined sewage spills? Looking at the results of the water samples from the inner harbour of Toronto, this “fact” might not be the whole truth. What is a “Combined Sewer”?Firstly, it…

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An Update on the Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report 3.0 and a Call to Action

Across the world, cities have embraced their waterfront and allowed the public to connect with the nearby water in their harbours and ports. The local connection to the ports and harbours in urban cities can be seen at the stunning swimming piers in the hearts of their urban centre. In Kingston, Ontario there is the Gord Edgar Downie Pier, in Oslo, Norway there is the Sørenga Seawater Pool and in Copenhagen, Denmark people can swim…

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Submission to Ontario government to protect integrity of Environmental Commissioner’s office

In November 2018, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018. The primary purpose of the bill is to implement the government’s fall economic statement. It is an omnibus bill that also amends other existing provincial laws, including the Environmental Bill of Rights. This submission, below, contains recommendations intended to protect the integrity and the purpose of the Environmental Commissioner’s office. Swim Drink Fish submission on Ontario's Bill 57…

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