The staggering figures around the litter collected during last year’s Shoreline Cleanup, and the past 20 years, not only reflects the effective work of this program to date, but also the dire need that still exists for even more participants to join this year’s cleanup efforts. Until we effectively eradicate the need for our campaign to exist, there is still much work to do. For example:
• During last year’s cleanup, more than 57,000 Canadians cleaned over 3,100 kilometers of shoreline (the approximate distance between Vancouver, B.C. and Thunder Bay, O.N., or 75.5 marathons)
• Last year, more than 136,000 kilograms of litter (the approximate weight of 30 large school buses) was picked up on our shorelines
• During our 20-year history, approximately 1.2 million kilograms of shoreline litter – the approximate weight of 259 school buses – has been collected
• More statistics and information on Shoreline Cleanup, and full media kit, can be found on our website here
Registration for this fall’s cleanup is easy; participants can sign up simply by visiting ShorelineCleanup.ca.
Weight of litter removed- 136,036 kg
Distance of shoreline cleaned- 3,102 km
Top 5 Litter Items
1. Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters 416,955
2. Food Wrappers 98,835
3. Plastic Bags 69,790
4. Caps and Lids 69,725
5. Plastic Beverage Bottles 38,202
Trash bags filled 12,895
Recycling bags filled 3,639
The Heart of It allAs an attractive destination for sailors and cruisers alike, Midland Harbour doesn’t really have to try hard to impress; the waters of Georgian Bay attract yachts of all sizes from all over the globe. With a history steeped in lumber and boat manufacturing, Midland Harbour today is an integral part of a thriving town, boasting the largest freshwater marina in the world amongst its offerings. The hometown of Sarah Burke, Glen Howard, Adam Dixon and David Onley to name a few, Midland is the heart of the North Simcoe area, the centre of the neighbouring Georgian Bay communities.
In the heart of the Huronia wilderness, the Jesuits established the first French outpost outside of the area we now know as Quebec. It was called Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in 1639. Wendake, “the land apart”, was the ancestral homeland of the Huron nation. The Wendat were a matrilineal society of skilled traders and farmers. They introduced the ‘three sisters’ (corn, beans and squash) to the French and taught them how to grow these crops in mounds. Sadly, the mission was to last only 10 years. With the Huron decimated by disease and rising tension of more frequent Iroquois attacks, the Jesuits burned the mission to the ground and moved all inhabitants to nearby Christian Island.
Great performance in a versatile, modern design
For the Canadian Yachting readers who are not yet familiar with Beneteau’s broad range of power boat models, the Gran Turismo 35 may come as a bit of a surprise. Our test boat is a head-on competitor to the North American built express cruisers and the latest day boats that are coming on the market.
The GT35 has the style and amenities to match the best new designs in it’s size range, the stern drive power to deliver exhilarating high speed performance plus, it still adds in an overtone of Euro style.