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
Morning. Thompson Island on Lake Superior. Fourteen nautical miles out of Thunder Bay.
This begins on Day Two because we cast off yesterday and conditions precluded time spent below deck with my nose buried in “Frodo’s” logbook: co-operative winds, scenery that could make a politician cry, waves decorating cobalt waters that glittered like jewels in a crown.
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.
Like many other harbours on Lake Ontario, Cobourg has seen its fair share of changes. Screams used to be heard from kids piled into a toboggan on wheels that went hurtling down a wooden slide into the harbour. Above it all was the bustling din from the waterfront of ship’s whistles, train engines, foghorns and thundering coal cars. It is now a rather serene place for the locals and visitors to enjoy various watercraft. Fortunately, the beautiful beach that lines the waterfront is still a star attraction for the town.
Located 95 kilometres east of Toronto and 62 kilometres east of Oshawa on the north edge of Lake Ontario, United Empire Loyalists first starting arriving in the area as early as the 1780s. The first settlement in 1798 was called Buckville, later renamed Amherst, then called Hamilton (after the township) and also nicknamed Hardscrabble. It wasn’t until 1819 that they finally settled on the name of Cobourg, which was incorporated as a town in 1837. In the late 1820s large schooners with passengers and cargo had to anchor well off shore, as there was only a landing wharf. A group of Toronto businessmen formed the Cobourg Harbour Company which built the wooden Eastern Pier from tolls charged for the use of the harbour.
Oh sure…boaters love to go boating, but some also like to, you guessed it: stroll. One of the great things about boating the north shore of Lake Ontario is pulling into Cobourg Harbour to tie up for a visit and walk about town in a leisurely or idle manner. Boat strollers are easily picked out around town, sporting Sperry Top-Siders that are a little worn out, sunglasses held on by a Croakie or duct tape, burgee embroidered canvas tote bags, clothes that are a little crumpled and a displaying a few days’ worth of facial hair.