From our friends at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper -- a persuasive argument against the Darlington nuclear power plant's use/abuse of the fisheries and water resources of Lake Ontario.
By Krystyn Tully, Waterkeeper.ca Weekly
A nuclear power plant in Ontario should be allowed to kill millions of fish each year, say staff of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Their surprising recommendation is part of the final environmental assessment report for Ontario Power Generation’s plan to refurbish four nuclear reactors at its Darlington Nuclear Generating Station on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Lakes Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay water levels are now within a few centimetres of setting a new record low. While more wetlands are drying up, the number of dead birds and fish washing up on the south shores of Georgian Bay are increasing every day. Dead loons, ducks, grebes and Lake Sturgeon ( a Species At Risk) are being picked up by local residents wearing protective gloves.
Locals hope funds can be raised to dredge the entrance to the Nottawasaga River to allow Lake Sturgeon in next spring to be able to spawn. With levels expected to decline more over the coming months the ecological and economic costs are mounting. Interest and support for restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron Georgian Bay waters levels has now broad support around the Great Lakes.
We are in the process of planning another Tour de Greenbelt in Rouge Park and would welcome your organization’s support of this amazing event. What began as a fresh air festival on wheels is now a fresh air festival on wheels or foot. This inclusive event allows anyone, along with their friends and family, to enjoy an at-your-own-pace marshalled bike ride, run, or guided hike through Rouge Park, a gem of Ontario's Greenbelt.
NOW YOU CAN HIKE, RUN, OR RIDE THE TOUR DE GREENBELT!
This year, in addition to four diverse cycling routes, the Tour is introducing a new running route and three exciting trail options. All participants can visit discover stops that will highlight local farms, community and historic centres, and natural attractions such as woodlands and wetlands.
The Highland Companies has been working for years to try to dig a giant quarry in prime agricultural land, in the face of stiff community resistance. Today, the company announced it has withdrawn its application.
CROSS-CANADA CHECKUP—NEW PUBLICATION OFFERS SNAPSHOT OF CANADIAN CONCERNS OVER FRESHWATER RESOURCES
The University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, in partnership with Simon Fraser University's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), recently released the new report “Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future.” Taking the national pulse on fresh water, the report offers a first-hand account of the state of water across the country, and outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians.