Protecting Canada’s water resources through policy and collaborative initiatives that reduce pollution and resolve other environmental threats to our waterways.

Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are used in a variety of products in our everyday lives with the intent of slowing down or preventing the spread of fire. They have widespread application in construction, electronics and transportation, where they are incorporated into materials like plastic, textiles and foam insulation. The environmental and human health impacts of flame retardants have raised concerns for many, contributing to ongoing research and efforts to limit their use. Our work aims to increase public understanding of the impacts associated with flame retardants to ensure informed discussion about their use.

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The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup

The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, launched jointly with the Council of the Great Lakes Region, is a first-of-its-kind initiative, using innovative technology to quickly capture and remove plastics and other litter at sites throughout the Great Lakes. Through research, collaboration, outreach and education, we are identifying sources of litter entering our waterways and highlighting how government, industry, and consumers can work together to reduce, reuse and recycle material waste.

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Pharmaceuticals in the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a unique resource of immense value to Canada and the United States, especially to the Province of Ontario and the eight bordering Great Lakes States. They face many threats, including wetland losses, invasive species, eutrophication, toxic substances and climate change. Over the past decade, pharmaceuticals have received increased attention as contaminants in the lakes, with concerns related to adverse impacts on aquatic ecosystems and on human health.

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Great Lakes Plastics Forum

Many plastics have the ability to be recovered, recycled or reconstituted more than once but this value is lost when they are discarded or improperly disposed of. Each day, plastic debris and fibres make their way into rivers, streams and lakes, where they accumulate. On October 11th, 2018, Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region hosted the Great Lakes Plastics Forum in Toronto. The forum provided an opportunity for a range of experts to discuss innovative and practical solutions to the issue of plastic waste and improper disposal, supported by sound public policy.

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Pharma in the Great Lakes 101

The Pharma 101 Guide is a great resource for schools, community groups, citizen scientists or anyone interested in learning about pharmaceutical pollution in the Great Lakes.


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