March 22 is "World Water Day," the international day to think about water issues. It is also the first-ever meeting of the Great Lakes Guardians Council, a new advisory group created under Ontario's <em>Great Lakes Protection Act</em>. The Guardians couldn't meet at a better time. The Great Lakes need all the help they can get.
Co-Founder of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Can you imagine a world where every waterway is clean enough to swim, pure enough to quench your thirst, and wild enough to toss in a line and pull out a fish for your family? That's the world that Waterkeepers try to create and protect. <br> <br> I try to bring you "Waterkeeper-y" stories - news about leadership and change for the better. As the co-creator of <a href="http://www.waterkeeper.ca" rel="nofollow">Lake Ontario Waterkeeper</a> and the <a href="http://www.theswimguide.org" rel="nofollow">Waterkeeper Swim Guide</a> and <a href="http://waterkeeper.ca/drinkguide" rel="nofollow">Drink Guide</a> apps, I focus on freshwater issues and the places where humans and water connect. <br> <br> <strong>Here's how you can become part of the Waterkeeper story:</strong> <br> Follow my Waterkeeper stories on Huffington Post by clicking the "Fan" icon above. Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/LOWaterkeeper" rel="nofollow">@LOWaterkeeper</a> on Twitter or follow me personally <a href="http://www.twitter.com/krystynt" rel="nofollow">@krystynt</a>. <br> Visit the <a href="http://www.waterkeeper.ca" rel="nofollow">Lake Ontario Waterkeeper website</a> to learn more about our work. <br> Use the Waterkeeper Swim Guide to <a href="http://www.theswimguide.org" rel="nofollow">explore beaches</a> close to you.
"To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage." - Confucius Hear that sound? That's a collective murmur rippling
04/12/2013 05:18 EDT
There's a shadow over the Oshawa Harbour as well, a darkness and a rot. Oshawa is the only city on the Great Lakes with no boat access to the water. Think about that: 150,000 people living within spitting distance of one of the largest lakes on the planet, and they have to get in their cars and drive somewhere else if they want to fish, sail, or paddle.
02/08/2013 05:35 EST
Two hundred people gather at Hope Fellowship Church in Southern Ontario Monday to discuss how to rebuild Lake Ontario's largest nuclear power plant. The team at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper have compiled this list of all the things you need to know about the Darlington nuclear refurbishment.
12/03/2012 12:13 EST
The Canadian government introduced (another) sweeping omnibus budget bill on Thursday, changing as many as 60 different acts in a way that eliminates oversight from parliamentary committees. One of those acts -- the Navigable Waters Protection Act -- is one of Canada's most important and oldest pieces of environmental legislation. It preserved the age-old right of every individual to navigate Canadian waterways. The simple act of dipping oneʼs paddle into the water and pulling, propelling oneself forward -- such is an act that defines "Canada."
10/22/2012 05:16 EDT
You probably didn't hear about the Rally for Clean Water that took place in Washington this weekend. A bunch of nice people gathering on Capitol Hill to offer informed, impassioned views on environmental policy doesn't make for front page news in Canada. You should know about the rally, though -- it's a rally for you and for me and for people who need clean water to survive. Which is, basically, everybody.
09/18/2012 11:05 EDT
If you're lucky, you're reading this with your feet propped up on a deck chair at a cottage, enjoying the last days of summer. Heading to the cottage is an increasingly popular Canadian pastime. While most people buy or rent cottages for peace and tranquility, more people in cottage country means more air, water, noise and light pollution.
08/23/2012 12:15 EDT
Every summer starts the same way for me. In May, I say to everyone I know, "This summer is going to be the best! I'm going to camp more often, leave work before the sun goes down, and spend more time with good friends." Before I know it, September is here and the days are shorter. The most surefire way I know to make a grand summer memory is to visit a beach. I'm not alone in this, either. Creating the quintessential beach experience is easy. There are really only six things you need to do.
08/12/2012 12:04 EDT
Waterkeepers do the work that we do to help people like you -- so you can turn on your tap, catch a fish, or plunge into the lake without fear. Our rules are simple: It should never matter how polluted your community already is. It should never matter what kind of economic clout you wield. It should never matter how many political allies you have. Lake Ontario is yours, too.
07/31/2012 07:43 EDT
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