May 01, 2020 / Safeguarding Freshwater

Two crises converge (Part 1): How flooding in the Great Lakes during COVID-19 presents unique challenges

As communities grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, there is another looming threat around the Great Lakes region: high water and spring flooding.  In 2017…Read More

Apr 07, 2020 / Safeguarding Freshwater

Keep wipes out of the pipes: Throw your disinfecting wipes in the garbage to keep our sewers running smoothly during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every aspect of our daily lives. That includes more regular disinfecting and cleaning of our homes. We recently wrote…Read More

Mar 22, 2020 / Safeguarding Freshwater

It's World Water Day! Here’s how Environmental Defence helps to safeguard Canada’s fresh water every day

Today is World Water Day!  In honour of this occasion, we’re highlighting our water programs and sharing with you all the ways Environmental Defence…Read More

Mar 06, 2020 / Safeguarding Freshwater

Without a paddle: Ontario and federal governments now a year behind on their plan to save Lake Erie

It’s been two years since the federal and Ontario governments released their joint action plan for addressing harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie. So…Read More

Jan 27, 2020 / Safeguarding Freshwater

#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

Jan 10, 2020 / Safeguarding Freshwater

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

Dec 27, 2019 / Clean Economy / Climate Change / Livable Communities / Plastic Pollution / Safeguarding Freshwater / Toxics

What’s in store for 2020? Here are our predictions for next year’s biggest environmental news stories

2019 was a big year for environmental news. Here’s a quick recap: UN scientists took off the gloves on their warnings to us about…Read More

Dec 12, 2019 / Safeguarding Freshwater

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

Nov 28, 2019 / Safeguarding Freshwater

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

Nov 07, 2019 / Safeguarding Freshwater / Toxics

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