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Government plan still needs to address the biggest causes of out-of-control algae blooms

Nov 29, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Earlier this month, the Ontario and federal governments released a second draft of their plan to tackle algae blooms in Lake Erie. We’re happy…Read More


Plastic bottle collection events give Toronto residents a chance to Cash it! Don’t trash it

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

Categories: Great Lakes

Over the last month, Environmental Defence organized a series of bottle collection events around the GTA. For the events, people dropped off empty plastic…Read More


The association representing Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Pepsi says they won’t support a deposit return program in Ontario

Oct 26, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

When it comes to dealing with plastic pollution, big bottling companies are falling flat. We’re seeing this right now in Ontario. Earlier this year,…Read More


When will Ontario get with the (deposit return) program?

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

Categories: Great Lakes

Earlier this week, Scotland took a huge step towards reducing plastic pollution. The Scottish government announced they will design and introduce a deposit return…Read More


#WeAreLakeErie: On August 28, we're creating a tidal wave of support for Lake Erie

Aug 22, 2017 by Ashley Wallis (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Why is Lake Erie important to you? And why do you think it needs to be protected? We want to hear your thoughts on…Read More


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


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