Michelle Woodhouse

Program Manager, Water

Michelle’s passion for the natural world and to become a water protector was sparked from a young age by the worldviews and values that were passed down to her through her Métis heritage. During university, Michelle pursued a BA in Environmental Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto and went on to obtain her MASc in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson. Over the course of her Master’s, she worked on water governance and policy issues affecting the Great Lakes and Ontario. She has worked as a researcher and analyst for organizations such as the Great Lakes Policy Research Network, the International Joint Commission, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association before coming to Environmental Defence. Michelle sees water as a living relation and is passionate about water justice and climate justice. She is excited to be working at Environmental Defence to advocate for water protections.

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May 15, 2023

Indigenous Leaders, Environmental Groups, and Concerned Citizens Call on Canada to Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, WOMEN’S EARTH AND CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK Indigenous Leaders, Environmental Groups, and Concerned Citizens…

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May 10, 2023

Lake Superior Under Threat as Spring Flooding Compromises Integrity of Line 5 Pipeline

Bad River Band’s filing for Emergency Closure necessary to protect the Great Lakes from imminent…

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May 02, 2023

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Calls on Canada to Shut Down the Line 5 Pipeline

THE GREAT LAKES | ANISHINABEK TERRITORY – Last Friday, the United Nations Permanent Forum on…

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Apr 19, 2023

Media Advisory: Indigenous and environmental experts available to comment on 22nd UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and…

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Mar 24, 2023

Statement on historic $420 million funding for Great Lakes protection

Statement by Michelle Woodhouse, Program Manager, Water Federal government is committing $420 million over the…

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Jan 26, 2023

Wintertime farming practices can help or worsen water pollution and algae blooms

If you’re a reader of our blogs or a lover of Lake Erie, you may…

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Dec 07, 2022

An unwelcome guest: Lake Erie’s annual toxic algae bloom stayed longer than usual this year

Every summer in Lake Erie, an unwelcome guest  – the infamous toxic algae bloom –…

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Nov 01, 2022

Busting Enbridge’s Line 5 Myths – Part 3: Indigenous sovereignty, Tribal rights, and consent – Bad River Band v. Enbridge

Funding police to suppress water and land defence efforts, breaching natural aquifers that supply wetlands…

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Sep 02, 2022

Busting Enbridge’s Line 5 Myths – Part 2: Enbridge’s Proposed “Solutions”

Line 5 is a major threat to the Great Lakes basin. The entire pipeline is…

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Aug 19, 2022

Celebrating the 6TH Annual #WeAreLakeErie Day: Let’s Show Our Government How Much We Love This Global Treasure!

Lake Erie is a global treasure. The lake is home to thousands of species, complex…

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