On the brink of extinction: Why we can't afford the Endangered Species Act to get any weaker

Feb 13, 2019 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

The world is facing a biodiversity crisis. The extinction rate is 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the natural rate. Literally dozens of species…Read More


"Salt-ernatives": Options to keep our roads clear and freshwater clean this winter

Feb 06, 2019 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Here at Environmental Defence, we’re sick of excessive salt piling up on our roads, sidewalks and parking lots this winter. Salt is a necessary…Read More


Poisoning the Well: How Bill 66 threatens our clean drinking water and invites Walkerton 2.0

Jan 11, 2019 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes, Greenbelt

  We’ve got it pretty good here in Ontario. The vast majority of Ontarians can turn on their tap and rely on plenty of…Read More


Where the water flows, salt goes: Why we need to go easy on the salt this winter, for our Great Lakes’ sake

Dec 14, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

Winter has officially arrived, and the cold weather seems to be here to stay. The Canadian winter sets in seemingly overnight, and the next…Read More


Silencing a critic: Ontario Government makes cuts to environmental watchdog in the wake of a damning new report

Nov 23, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Blue Flag, Climate Change, Great Lakes

  Another week, another blow to Ontario’s environmental protections.  Last week, during the fall economic statement, finance minister Vic Fedeli announced a new “cost-saving”…Read More


Sorry Nestlé: Ontario moves to ban new water-taking permits for another year

Nov 02, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Great Lakes

News Update! On December 21, 2018, the Ontario Government made the decision to extent the moratorium on new water bottling permits for another year,…Read More


Blue Flags Are Borderless - Highlights from the Blue Flag International Meeting 2018

Oct 31, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Blue Flag

This summer Blue Flags flew proudly at 27 beaches and 9 marinas across Canada, but did you know Blue Flag is the biggest eco-certification…Read More


Life's a Beach for these three winners! 2018 Blue Flag Photo Contest Winners announced

Sep 24, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Blue Flag

Here at Blue Flag we love to celebrate all the joys that Canada’s shorelines have to offer.  That’s why we hold our annual summer photo…Read More


#WeAreLakeErie - are you? Share your story on August 28th and you could win a cool Lake Erie T!

Aug 22, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Blue Flag, Great Lakes

Science writer Loren Eiseley once said “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”. In a purely scientific light, water…Read More


1 beach, 3 hours, 110lbs of plastic pollution.

Aug 10, 2018 by Kelsey Scarfone (Program Manager, Water)

Categories: Blue Flag, Plastic Pollution

We came together and helped clean Toronto’s Woodbine Beach; here is what we found. Plastic pollution is finding its way to some of the…Read More