The federal government has thoroughly and systematically re-written virtually every Canadian environmental law in recent years. Most of the changes were made with little opportunity for public involvement and against the advice of legal and scientific experts, including Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.
Skip the Wash, Save the Lake
Runoff from commercial car washing contains car fluids, soap and road salt in the winter time. Learn about how Toronto Honda and Toronto Kia are taking charge of their impact on Lake Ontario.
Toronto Harbour Monitoring
Whenever it rains in Toronto, sewage flows into Lake Ontario. Learn all about Waterkeeper's efforts in monitoring the Toronto Harbour, including sample results and combined sewer information.
Pickering Nuclear Life Extension
The current PNGS operating license expires in August 2018. Ontario Power Generation is currently applying to continue operations until 2028. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Tribunal is set to review the conditions of the PNGS license. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is intervening.
High concentrations of tiny plastics are found in lakes, rivers, oceans, and on shorelines. Learn more about microplastics and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes. (Photo courtesy: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper).
Eastern Mainline Pipeline
TransCanada has ended its bid to build both the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipelines. Learn more about the Eastern Mainline pipeline and our involvement in the hearing process.
Darlington Nuclear Plant Refurbishment
If refurbished without upgrading its cooling water system, the Darlington Nuclear Plant will prove fatal to thousands of fish for decades to come. (Photo: Greenpeace)
Great Lakes Protection Act
Ontario passed groundbreaking legislation in 2015 intended to keep the Great Lakes "swimmable, drinkable, fishable." Passing the legislation was just a start. To protect the Great Lakes, Ontario will have to use its powers and responsibilities wisely. (Photo credit: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center).
Toronto Sewage Bypass Alerts
In July 2014, Waterkeeper called for the City of Toronto to notify the public for all sewage bypasses. In June 2017, Toronto began issuing bypass alerts in real time.
Hamilton Beach Appeal
The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper intervened in the Hamilton Beach site court hearing on May 23, 2018. The implications of the court’s decision will fundamentally affect the implementation of the Environmental Protection Act in Ontario.
Toronto Islands, including Billy Bishop Airport and Hanlan Beach
What will an expansion of the Billy Bishop Airport mean for the Toronto Harbour and Hanlans Beach? We are working to protect these natural resources for all Torontonians.
Line 9B oil pipeline
Enbridge's pipeline crosses at least 36 waterways in the Lake Ontario watershed. Keep reading to learn what Waterkeeper is doing to protect those waterways from oil spills and accidents.
Supreme Court Success
Working with the Canadian Environmental Law Association in support of Ontario, we championed the precautionary principle in a 2013 Supreme Court of Canada case - and won.
Bringing back the American Eel
30 years ago, the American Eel made up half of all life in Lake Ontario. Today, it is endangered. Read on to see what Waterkeeper is doing to protect this fascinating fish. (Photo courtesy NANFA.org.)
Saving Oshawa's Waterfront
The Oshawa Harbour region is home to some of Lake Ontario's most precious wetlands. Read on to see what we're doing to help reconnect residents with the water and protect the area from a proposed ethanol facility. (Photo: Dylan Neild)