Safeguarding Freshwater / Jan 27, 2020

#LessSalty solutions: How to de-ice sidewalks and be nice to our lakes and rivers at the same time

Our urban rivers, creeks and waterways are suffering from a steady stream of sodium that has no signs of letting up. Road salt is…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Jan 10, 2020

Make Ontario #LessSalty: Why Ontario needs a low (road) salt diet to save our lakes and rivers

This winter,  a sneaky, white culprit right under our feet is assaulting our rivers and lakes. Road salt is applied to roads, sidewalks, walkways…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Dec 12, 2019

Now what? Next steps for water bottling in Ontario

Update: on December 23, 2019, the Ontario government announced that the moratorium on new or expanded water bottling permits was extended until October 1,…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Nov 28, 2019

The good, bad and the ugly of how Ontario Bill 132 weakens accountability for polluters

Update: This bill passed into law on December 10, 2019. Earlier this month, we rang the alarm bells that sweeping changes in Bill 132—…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Toxics / Nov 07, 2019

Ontario is making it cheaper and easier for industries to pollute our waters

Last week, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Hon. Jeff Yurek held a media conference. He claimed that changes proposed in the…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Oct 28, 2019

Keep Nestlé's hands off our taps: Why Ontario needs to extend its water bottling moratorium

*This blog was updated on October 31, 2019 to provide the most recent information regarding the status of the water bottling moratorium. There are…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Oct 18, 2019

Victory! Town of South Bruce Peninsula found guilty of destroying endangered piping plover habitat

At Sauble Beach, a popular Ontario beach destination, a critically endangered bird is struggling to survive.  For thirty years, the piping plover had disappeared…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Oct 02, 2019

Blue-green algae in the Thames River shows need for swift Canadian action on phosphorus pollution

Last week, residents in Chatham, Ont. noticed the river running through their town had turned green. Several kilometres of the Thames River were covered…Read More


Safeguarding Freshwater / Sep 24, 2019

How the latest science could help us save Lake Erie

Warning: nerdy blog ahead.  Last week, I traveled to Toledo, Ohio—the belly of the beast in terms of Lake Erie’s harmful and toxic algae…Read More


Blue Flag / Safeguarding Freshwater / Aug 19, 2019

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

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