Great Lakes

Seeking Less Green: MAYDAY Rally galvanizes support for cleaner Lake Ontario shorelines

by Meirav Even-Har

In over a decade of work with businesses and grassroots environmental organizations like Sierra Club Ontario, I cannot recall such an obvious and non- contentious call to action as the one put forth by organizers of the MAYDAY Rally.

Let me clarify. Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), the second largest sewage plant in Ontario, is already a nuisance to the nearby shorelines of Ajax and Pickering. The proposed expansion of the plant to accommodate new residents in York Region should have a commitment to invest in better technology. If the current deterioration of shorelines due to the 340,000,000 litre-per-day discharge is not enough of an alarm bell, surely an expansion of operations is a timely opportunity to invest in a more sustainable solution.... Read more »

Restore our Waters meetings for the end of May

The Great Lakes Section of Sierra Club Ontario is hosting meetings on Wednesday May 29 at the Kortright Centre (Major Mac and Pine Valley Drive) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and on May 30 at the Rec Plex in Wasaga Beach from 7pm to 9pm.

Learn about the Great Lakes water level crisis. Sierra Club has a policy supporting the need for responsible restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron levels to pre 1962 St. Clair River navigation conditions.... Read more »

SCO submission on Pickering Nuclear request for extension

Sierra Club Canada and the Ontario Chapter submitted a detailed report on the Pickering Nuclear Station request for permit extension. Our research has turned up a good argument for immediate closure of the plant - certainly not operating it beyond its own planned obsolescence.

From the report:... Read more »

Sierra Club's Mary Muter on TVO's The Agenda THIS THURSDAY 8pm

The topic on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Pakin this THURSDAY will be Great Lakes water levels with a panel discussion that includes Paul Cowley (President of FoTTSA), an environmental lawyer, Mary Muter (Chair of the Sierra Club Great Lakes Section) and Gail Krantzberg, a NOAA climatologist. It will be filmed late Thursday afternoon and airs at 8pm and 11pm on the same day. You can also watch it on the internet.
> For more details on this critical topic please visit http://restoreourwater.com/ - taken from an email from John Moretto from the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations.

Groups applaud reintroduction of Great Lakes Protection Act: urge all parties to support a strong law to protect the lakes

Toronto, ON -- The Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance - representing six environmental groups - is delighted that Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley re-introduced the Great Lakes Protection Act today as the new government’s first legislative agenda item.

“We’re thrilled that the Great Lakes are a priority for the government,” said Sarah Winterton, Acting Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “Improving protection for the source of drinking water for 80 per cent of Ontarians and protecting our shorelines and beaches is the right thing to do, and we urge all parties to work together to pass a strong Act.”

The bill was first introduced June 6, 2012, but died on the order table when the legislature was prorogued. Next, the bill will be debated, and amendments considered by an all-party committee.... Read more »

            

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