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We've got the dirt ... on the connection between soil and a healthy Lake Erie

Aug 08, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Algae blooms happen in the water, but what happens on the land dictates the size, severity and toxicity of a bloom. Here’s the dirt…Read More


Spinning the bottle: Coca-Cola U.K.'s recycled content announcement distracts us from the real problem

Jul 20, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Last week, Coca-Cola U.K. announced plans to double the amount of recycled plastic in their bottles from 25 to 50 per cent by 2020….Read More


Summer forecast for Lake Erie: the nasty algae monster is back

Jul 13, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Sunny, sweaty summer days have us dreaming about long walks on the beach, and sunset paddles along sparkling rivers and lakes. But an expected…Read More


Debunking the beverage industry’s deposit return claims: part 2

Jun 01, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Yesterday, we posted the first part of our response to the Canadian Beverage Association’s claims saying that a deposit return program for plastic bottles…Read More


Debunking the beverage industry’s deposit return claims: part 1

May 31, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

A few weeks ago, an opinion piece of ours was published in The Hamilton Spectator. In the piece, we wrote about the need for…Read More


Cutting U.S. Great Lakes funding won’t make the lakes great again

Mar 15, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

This week, advocates for the Great Lakes are gathering in Washington to educate legislators about the benefits of Great Lakes programs. Although this is…Read More


Coca-Cola backs Scottish deposit return on plastic bottles. Will it do the same in Ontario?

Feb 28, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

That’s the question after the beverage company recently announced its support for a deposit return program in Scotland. The Association for the Protection of…Read More


Higher fees for water bottlers: a good step, but more is needed

Jan 18, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Last fall, the bottled water industry in Ontario came under fire, in part because of the outrageously low fees they pay to extract the province’s…Read More


10,000 (tonne) reasons why Ontario needs a deposit on plastic bottles

Jan 06, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

How much plastic pollution do you think is in the Great Lakes? The numbers may shock you. Nearly 80 per cent of the litter…Read More


Ontario says “NO” to water bottling giant

Dec 02, 2016 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Today the Ontario government denied Nestlé’s request to test the water at their newly purchased Middlebrook well in the township of Centre Wellington. Earlier…Read More