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5 reasons to get the dirty butts off our beaches

Jul 20, 2017 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

No butts about it — when it comes to litter, cigarette butts are at the top of the heap. The International Coastal Cleanup, which…Read More


Birthdays and Blue Flag: Canadians have lots to celebrate this summer

May 17, 2017 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

This summer we have a lot to celebrate: not only is it Canada’s 150th birthday, but the international Blue Flag program is turning 30….Read More


The 2017 Blue Flag jury: A preview

Feb 01, 2017 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

We’re often asked how we decide which beaches and marinas get the Blue Flag award. The answer is, we don’t—a jury decides. Communities apply…Read More


Rain gardens: nature’s water filter

Aug 12, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Great Lakes

When you see a beach swimming advisory, it is often after a heavy rainfall or snowmelt. Stormwater (rain and melted snow) that runs off…Read More


Part 2 – Canada geese running a foul on beaches

Jul 24, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

Last week, we posted a blog about the impacts that Canada geese can have on beaches. This is part 2, which explores solutions. Our…Read More


Canada geese running a foul on beaches

Jul 17, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Clean Economy

I talk to beach managers all the time, and one of the most common issues I hear about is Canada geese. They destroy grass,…Read More


Fly your own Blue Flag!

Jun 30, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

You’ve probably heard about the Blue Flag award for beaches and marinas, but did you know that boat owners can fly the Blue Flag,…Read More


Blue Flag beaches are for the birds

Jun 11, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

Tourists aren’t the only ones flocking to Blue Flag beaches. Toronto’s Hanlan’s Point is the latest beach with the eco-label to attract Piping Plovers….Read More


A sign summer’s almost here: Blue Flag season starts today

May 20, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

With summer just around the corner, Canadians are ready to enjoy the water. The good news: there are more Blue Flag beaches and marinas…Read More


Blue Flag: Celebrating clean water at beaches across Canada

Mar 19, 2015 by Brett Tryon (Program Manager, Blue Flag)

Categories: Blue Flag

For Canada Water Week, March 16-22, Environmental Defence is celebrating water! Each day this week, we’ll post a new blog that will explore how…Read More


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