Every two years, freshwater stewards from across the country come together for the Living Waters Rally to celebrate, promote, connect and strengthen work towards freshwater health across Canada. The third biennial gathering is taking place on the West Coast for the first time! There are a lot of great guest speakers this year including Waterkeeper's VP Krystyn Tully!
Scuba divers, Anne and Alison originally organized this underwater cleanup to take place on September 10. But due to heavy rain and poor water quality, the dive was unfortunately cancelled. Low and behold, these two recreational water users were determined, and the dive was rescheduled!
The Watershed offers audiences with an immersive and unique way to learn about watersheds and environmental issues in Canada. It's with great pleasure to have Waterkeeper's VP, Krystyn Tully speak to these issues alongside the October 1st matinee!
The Great Lakes Public Forum 2016 is an opportunity for Canada, the U.S., and the International Joint Commission to discuss the state of the lakes and binational priorities for science and action. The Forum takes place once every three years and allows for significant public input. It's an honour to have the Watermark Project as a focus for the event this year and have Waterkeeper Mark Mattson as a featured speaker!
The Great Lakes Beach Association Conference is widely considered to be a premier event by all Great Lakes business and government stakeholders. Waterkeeper's Swim Guide Program Manager, Gabrielle Parent-Doliner is very proud to be part of the Conference's poster reception, highlighting key points from Swim Guide's highly anticipated beach report.
On Wednesday, October 5, in the midst of the Great Lakes Public Forum, the IJC invites – you – the public, to share your views on what you believe is a healthy Lake Ontario. Waterkeeper's President Mark Mattson and Vice-President Krystyn Tully are honoured to lead the IJC's two public meetings.
Communications technology is helping define Canadians' relationship with nature. Waterkeeper joins TELUS for a TED-style session featuring thought-provoking presentations by leaders from the world of science, communications, nonprofit, and the arts – including Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors Jennifer Baichwal and Joseph Boyden, and Waterkeeper Mark Mattson!
One of the most common questions Waterkeeper receives today is, "What can I do to ensure Canadian waters are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable?" This Fall, Waterkeeper Mark Mattson is going on a campus tour, guest lecturing at universities and colleges across Canada! As one of Canada's most prominent environmental lawyers, Mark will help the leaders of tomorrow become more water-literate.
Waterkeeper is very proud to have the Watermark Project integrated once again into Dr. McElhinny's university curriculum! Waterkeeper and President, Mark Mattson will introduce the Watermark Project to Dr. McElhinny's and explain why it's crucial to the future of Canada's swimmable drinkable fishable water.
Surf the Greats and Patagonia Toronto are inviting you to celebrate the thriving community of surfers in Toronto. Waterkeeper's Water Literary Coordinator, Claire Lawson will speak on some of the issues compromising the water quality of Toronto's waters and what you can do to preserve our natural resources for future generations.
This 3-day workshop hosted by the Meridian Institute is for researchers, technology companies, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and funders who will collaborate to advance the use of remote sensing to address pollution in U.S. inland surface waters. It is with great pleasure to have Waterkeeper's VP Krystyn Tully present Swim Guide on September 15 as part of the "Existing Projects and Products" presentation.
Inspired to give back to one of their go-to diving locations, Humber Bay Park West, scuba divers Anne and Alison reached out to Waterkeeper with the idea of doing an underwater cleanup. How could we possibly say no? On September 10, RBC Blue Water Project and Waterkeeper are very excited to take on this pilot underwater cleanup with members from the Etobicoke Underwater Club.
With the growth of open water swimming in Canada, Canaqua Sports' organizer felt it was the perfect time to add one of Toronto's iconic waterfront locations to the open water swimming map. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is proud to be at this fantastic event and say a few words before you dive in for your race. Look for our booth too and share your Watermark!
The Lake Ontario Crossing is Canada’s first and only open-water distance race for SUP and prone paddlers. The 32 mile, point-to-point course matches the standard established by the Molokai-to-Oahu crossing in Hawaii and the Catalina Classic in California.
Join Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's Investigate Team! Every Tuesday in September, Waterkeeper will conduct a volunteer-led water sampling excursion. The results of the sampling will go towards Waterkeeper's ongoing investigation into the health of Toronto's recreational waters, specifically within Toronto's inner harbour.
The 2016 Climate Change Summit of the Americas aims to follow up on the new challenges presented in the newly implemented 2030 development agenda and the Paris Agreements. It is an honour to have Waterkeeper's Mark Mattson has been invited to speak alongside, his friend and the President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert Kennedy Jr.
The Toronto Island Lake Swim is an annual favourite for open water swimmers around the lake. The event offers a 750m, a 1.5km, and a 3.8km swim. If you aren’t swimming come down to the beach to cheer on hundreds of athletes and enjoy the fun and festive beach atmosphere. Waterkeeper is the proud charity partner of this fantastic event raising awareness for water quality and Toronto's beaches.
Recently, Outward Bound Canada saw Waterkeeper's effort to monitor Toronto's inner harbour on social media. Since their Toronto Urban Expedition explored part of the harbour, it made sense to get Waterkeeper involved! Before launching for their adventure, Waterkeeper's Vice President Krystyn Tully will give the young group of explorers an overview of Toronto's water quality. Krystyn will also speak to how the connections between humans, wildlife, and political decision-making all intertwine and appear in the water.
Focusing on landscapes and waterways that have shared borders, the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects selected a small group of forward-thinking landscape architects, designers, and creative folks to have a private recorded teleconference discussion – including our Waterkeeper's Vice President, Krystyn Tully!
Yogapalooza is Toronto’s FREE 2-day family-friendly outdoor yoga festival. On Saturday, August 6, join us as our Swimmable Water Policy Intern, Li Black and Swim Guide Affiliates Coordinator, Brigitte Dreger-Smylie will give a special presentation on what you can do to help protect the water right at your feet!
Swim Guide’s Pollution Reporting tool allows users to submit instances of pollution at their beach. Led by Waterkeeper's Swim Guide Affiliates Coordinator Brigitte Dreger-Smylie and Waterkeeper VP Krystyn Tully, this one-hour webinar will teach Swim Guide Affiliates the basics of the tool, including responding to pollution reports, liaising with monitoring authorities, and using this data to secure more funding.
Love the outdoors? Care about the environment? Want to find out more about volunteer opportunities? Waterkeeper is one of many organizations who will take part in CultureLink's Outdoors Volunteer Fair. So join us as we share ideas on where and how you can get involved, and earn some volunteer hours while having fun!
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club is holding their annual York Cup regatta! Sailors will take to the water over the entire weekend for this World Sailing Grade 3 Event. During the dinner, Waterkeeper's Vice President Krystyn Tully will give a special presentation on water stewardship and share key information that will help protect your health while you're on the water.
Started in 2014, the King Wolf Swim (KWS) is a 5 km point-to-point open water swim across the St. Lawrence River/Lake Ontario from Kingston to Wolfe Island, Ontario. It is held annually on the first Saturday in July. Easily accessible from Toronto, Ottawa and Syracuse, this is a great swim for more experienced open water swimmers! Complete the swim, enjoy lunch on the island, then take the ferry back to Kingston.
This is the first annual meeting for the Green Sailors network. Waterkeeper is very happy to have our Swimmable Water Policy Intern, Li Black speaking to address Toronto's sewage problem. Li will speak about how combined-sewage outlets (CSOs) are polluting our waters and introduce the significance in Waterkeeper's first Indigogo campaign, Swimmable Lake Ontario!
Business professionals and investors, experts in water management and technology, building practitioners, municipalities and policymakers, NGOs, academics, community representatives – water leaders across Canada are coming together for the 7th annual Water Summit in Toronto!
A Love Letter to the Great Lakes is a grassroots, artist-led mural project in Toronto, that will create murals of appreciation and awareness to threats currently facing our Great Lakes. Waterkeeper is honoured to have our Vice President, Krystyn Tully give a special presentation on why community-led projects like Love Letters, play a big part in the protection of the Great Lakes.
This year's LitFest kicks off the night before at Kingston's Grad Club! Join Dave Bidini as he chats with Terry Ryan, Tanis Rideout, and Steven Heighton! The next day, hop on the ferry and make your way across the St. Lawrence River to Brophy's Point for a fun festival of literature and great company. For the second consecutive year the Watermark Project will be at LitFest! Standing along the shoreline of Wolfe Island, inspiration is easy to find – and so will your Watermark!
Climate change is unstoppable, and as a result, the magnitude of severe weather going forward will increase. The presentation will focus on Canada's largest cities and their state of preparedness to limit impacts relative to flood potential. Waterkeeper is very proud to have our Vice President, Krystyn Tully as one of the keynote speakers.
The book launch for internationally published limnologist of 20 years, Nina Munteanu's latest book called Water Is... will start with a tour of Mimico Creek followed by a celebration of water, its stewardship and conservation. Waterkeeper's Water Literacy Coordinator, Claire Lawson will also give a special presentation on the importance of finding our individual connections with water, introducing the Watermark Project.
MEC have been paddling around Toronto's sandy shores for years with this fantastic paddling event. Join them at Sunnyside Beach and celebrate their annual Paddlefest with paddlers of all kinds and levels. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is the official charity partner for MEC Paddlefest 2016 in Toronto.
Waterkeeper’s Vice President, Krystyn Tully will be one of the panelists for the Foundations of Digital Marketing course offered at UofT. Having directed and curated Waterkeeper’s digital strategy and editorial content, in addition to having written for the Huffington Post, Krystyn will be taking questions regarding a non-profit’s approach to blogging in the digital realm.
Every June 2nd, RBC employees participate in Blue Water Day – a day the company dedicates to celebrating their commitment to water. This year, 4000 employees are expected to participate and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's Water Literacy Coordinator, Claire Lawson and Communications Coordinator, Ruby Pajares are thrilled to join in the celebration!
The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is hosting its third annual Infrastructure Forum – a one-day event that brings together municipal decision makers and key stakeholders from the public and private sectors toe engage in a constructive dialogue about the delivery of infrastructure in the province. At 10am, find Waterkeeper's Vice President Krystyn Tully as one of the speakers at the Big Things Happening in Ontario panel.
On Saturday, May 14, join us at the Yoga Sanctuary for a karma class to benefit the Great Lakes Trust. Vivian Wong will lead a 75-minute hatha yoga class that's open to everyone but will be of particular interest to runners, triathletes, and swimmers. Waterkeeper's Operations Coordinator, Amy Wilford will also give a special introduction!
Ever wonder if you can eat fish from Lake Ontario? Are there still commercial fisheries in the Great Lakes? Is water quality getting better? Eating Lake Ontario is your chance to learn more about these important questions. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's staff will be in attendance and are proud to enjoy and promote this wonderful feast.
The Waterkeeper Gala is the biggest night of the year for a growing community of people coming together, creating a national movement to promote water culture. Be part of the community. Join us on April 21, 2016 for the 5th Annual Waterkeeper Gala.
"Eighty-five percent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important, according to one of the largest surveys ever conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system." Waterkeeper Mark Mattson, co-lead the Great Lakes Water Quality Board’s Public Engagement Work Group, which oversaw the poll’s design and production. Mark joins the IJC and discusses the results from one of the largest-ever public opinion polls about the Great Lakes.