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In our final full-length episode of the Winter 2010 broadcast season, Waterkeeper takes you to Moncton, New Brunswick. We celebrate the opening of the causeway gates on the famed Petitcodiac Riverkeeper with our friends. The show is packed full of interviews, sounds, speeches, and audio from the causeway ...
To mark the end of the Clean Water Workshop, the Waterkeeper staff chat with our Toronto law students about their work during the 2009-2010 school year. In partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada, U of T, Osgoode, and Queen’s law students work on files for Waterkeeper throughout the school year. ...
Ontario’s new “modernization” law will amend the province’s most important environmental legislation. And, in the process, it will send the province back to the Dark Ages of environmental regulation. Mark and Krystyn review the Ontario government’s proposal and talk about ...
Edwards vs. DTE Energy was one of the most groundbreaking private prosecutions in environmental law. The case against one American coal-fired power plant operator is now closed. We helped to investigate the charges. We tell you how it ended. What it means. Mark and Krystyn speak with Scott Edwards and ...
The Clearwater River is one of Canada’s remaining pristine wilderness rivers. Few places on earth have such historical, cultural, navigable, and ecological value. So why is a Canadian oil company trying to take 17,000 cubic metres of water a day from this precious river? Mark and Krystyn learn ...
It is the year 2040. You are in the middle of Lake Ontario, floating towards the Thousand Islands. What do you see? Miles and miles of uninterrupted shoreline? Or row upon row of white wind turbines? We will know the answer to that question before this year is out. It is 2010. The face of […]
Deep at the bottom of Hamilton Harbour, there is a creeping menace. It is a “spill in slow motion”, a toxic cocktail of coal tar, metals, and man-made chemicals. Formally known as “Randle Reef”, this slowly spreading stew of pollution has been a blight on Hamilton Harbour for ...
Environmental prosecutions are making headlines again as Syncrude finds itself in court in Alberta. The company has contaminated ponds at its tar sands site in Alberta and is facing charges from both the provincial and federal governments after 1600 migratory birds died there in 2008. We talk about public ...
Wet weather means massive amounts of sewage pouring into Lake Ontario. Fraser Riverkeeper still seeks an end to sewage pollution in Vancouver. The feds are forging new rules for wastewater treatment plants in Canada. We talk about Kingston’s ongoing sewage problems, prosecutions in Vancouver, and new ...
Last December, Fraser Riverkeeper discovered toxic sediment in Vancouver’s False Creek. With the Olympic Games just a few weeks away, and False Creek running right past the Athlete’s Village, the group had to make some tough decisions: Should they go public? If so, what what should they say? ...
Mark and Krystyn discuss two-tier environmental protection today – the idea that there are different rules for different people, usually based on who you know, how much money you have, or where you are. We look at federal and provincial examples of two-tier environmental law. Olympian Karen Percy ...
Red Tape. What it is. Why the phrase is so popular with politicians and lobbyists. And why you should cringe every time you hear the words “red tape”. Our guests today are Jamie Kneen of Mining Watch Canada and Vern Edwards of the Ontario Federation of Labour. We also pay tribute to a lost ...
In January, Waterkeeper Alliance with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper headed to Alberta to raise money for this global grassroots movement. Our President Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke, and boy did the media react! Our special guest on this episode of Living at the Barricades is Robert F. Kennedy Jr, talking about ...
How do you know if a wind turbine is killing birds and bats? Answer: Somebody has to count the bodies. We do just that, today, on our to visit Wolfe Island. Mark and Krystyn chat with Stacey Haskins and Bill Evans.
Music in this Show
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive
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In Part II of this two-part episode, Mark and Krystyn talk to legendary Cree guide and Riverkeeper Wililam Tozer. Author Joseph Boyden gives a reading from the Moose River, live from the Charles Sauriol dinner in November 2009.
Music in this Show
Lost River by Mickey Hart
Lost Cause by Beck
Lost in a ...
In Part I of this two-part episode, Mark and Krystyn go back to June 2009 when Northern Ontario’s first Riverkeeper joined the Waterkeeper movement. They talk about the Moose River with counsel Joanna Bull and about what it means to be a “Waterkeeper”. Author Joseph Boyden gives a reading ...
The Big Pipe is a half-a-billion dollar sewage pipeline. Stretching across the north-eastern Greater Toronto Area, the Big Pipe will funnel more than 1 billion litres of sewage from York Region to Durham Region every single day. That’s 95% one region’s sewage dumped on the doorstep of another ...
Giant, leaping, face-slapping food-guzzling fifty-pound fish have escaped and are headed this way! Alien invaders, the asian carp, have likely breached the last barrier before the Great Lakes and are set to slip into our sweetwater seas near Chicago. How it happened. Why it’s scary. And what’s ...
This very special episode of Living at the Barricades features three of the six performers in Heart of a Lake: Gord Downie, Tanis Rideout, and your Waterkeeper, Mark Mattson. You will hear author Joseph Boyden’s readings on the Moose River during an upcoming episode of Living at the Barricades. ...
Back in 2006, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper started researching the environmental effects of burning tires at cement kilns. Not long after, Bath area residents, including our good friend and Trustee for Lake Ontario, Gord Downie, raised alarm bells about one tire burning proposal in particular. The Lafarge ...
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