Water Quality

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 »

Long-term funding from province confirmed for Experimental Lakes Area

David Orazietti is Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources. (STRINGER/CANADA/REUTERS)

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:06 AM EDT

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Save Kipawa Lake

Photo Credit: Mike Bonnin

Join the online petition seeking to protect the Kipawa Lake region from a proposed rare earth mine project by Matamec Explorations.

http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-natural-resources-quebec-protect-kipawa-lake Kipawa and surrounding watersheds are currently a vast wilderness area relatively untouched by humans and industry. The lake is important for local Algonquin First Nations members who rely on hunting and fishing and also an important tourist destination (tourist dollars help stimulate the local economy). Kipawa Lake is the headwaters for Lac Temiscaming and the Ottawa River, changes in water quality upstream will affect lakes downstream. 
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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 »

Environmental group rejects takeover of Experimental Lakes

A Thunder Bay city councillor wants environmental groups to take over the Experimental Lakes Area — but one of the groups he's named is throwing cold water on the idea.

Federal government support for the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario is set to expire by the end of the month and there's been no announcement of any deal for another operator to take over the project.

Thunder Bay councillor Larry Hebert said it's time for groups such as Greenpeace or the Sierra Club to get involved.

“Why haven't they come to the fore? It is important, and I don't disagree with that, but if it's that important let them … put their money where their mouth is,” he said.

The executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada said it's not a significant cost for the federal government to keep the ELA open. However John Bennett said his group’s budget could not support it.... Read more »

            

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