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Uncover the state of GTA Beaches at The Lake Ontario Evenings: Beaches Edition

Jul 18, 2011

(TORONTO - July 18)-  It's a hot day.  Lake Ontario is practically at your doorstep and looks inviting...but is it safe to jump in?  Among the swirl of information and opinion about the quality of Lake Ontario and Toronto's Beaches, it can be difficult to know who or what to believe about the advisability of taking a dip. 

On Tuesday, July 19, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) presents Lake Ontario Evenings: Beaches Edition. This free public event, the sixth in the Lake Ontario Evenings Speaker's Series, will provide answers and take questions on the quintessential "To swim, or not to swim?" dilemma.

Lake Ontario Evenings: Beaches Edition will explore how many of Toronto's beaches went from degraded to being recognized for excellence with international Blue Flag beach designation.  The evening's presenters will also discuss the resources and safeguards behind declaring a beach open or closed, and the resources available for deciding where and when to head for the lake.

Attendees are invited to mingle and chat with speakers both before and after the event.  In the reception space, a series of magnificent images of the waterfront by noted acclaimed photographer Robert Burley will be on display. Burley's exhibit, entitled Celebrating Toronto's Waterfront Parks, will be open between 5:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Harbourfront Centre Marilyn Brewer Community Space.

WHERE: Harbourfront Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West  

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Q and A.


  • Guest Masters of Ceremonies The Water Brothers
  • A Brief History of Toronto's Beach Water Quality, Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
  • The Blue Flag Program, Sarah Winterton, Director Strategic Partnerships, Environmental Defence
  • Swim Guide: Great Lakes' Beaches and Beyond, Mark Mattson, President, Lake Ontario Waterkeepers


Lake Ontario Evenings

Lake Ontario Evenings was started in 2009 in an effort to increase public interest in and awareness of issues facing Lake Ontario. Five events have been held so far on the themes of water diversions, biodiversity, the nearshore environment, environmental contaminants and the Toronto landscape.


Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at







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