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RBC Blue Water Project to help Toronto and Region Conservation in the Humber and Don Rivers

Jun 08, 2010

(TORONTO, June 8)  Cities around the world are facing an enormous challenge of responding to the global problem of climate change. To assist cities across Canada with their efforts at mitigating the effects of this global threat, Toronto and Region Conservation's Commuity Transformation Group has commissioned two new reports: Getting to Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Canadian Municipalities and the summary, Climate Change Mitigtation: A STragetgic Approach for Cities.  Both reports are being distributed to government minisitries/agencies, municipal associations, partners, and is available for download at: http://www.carboncompetitivecvities.com. The papers were produced in collaboration with researchers at the University of Toronto

Date:                June 9: RBC Canoe Tour of the Humber River

Schedule:        9:00 am Meet at King's Mills Park

9:15 am Welcoming remarks, cheque presentation from Kellie Sauriol, RBC Regional Vice President, Toronto West, and remarks from David Love, Executive Director, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto

Location:          Kings Mill Park (south end of the park, via Humber Valley Road)

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Date:                June 10: RBC Clean-up event on the Don River

Schedule:        9:00 am Meet at lower parking lot of ET Seton Park (off of Thorncliffe Park)

9:15 am Welcoming remarks

9:30 am Begin major garbage clean up in the valley area surrounding southern parking lot

Location:         ET Seton Park

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"We're excited to have RBC staff come out to learn more about the Humber River and help us clean the Don," said David Love, Executive Director, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto Area. "RBC's generous support with their Blue Water Project helps people become more aware about the issues affecting our watersheds; helps them understand the importance of conserving our fresh water systems; and motivates them to take better care of the natural environment."

The funding will be used to improve and bring new technologies and water-based educational programs for students at TRCA's Kortright Conservation Centre in Vaughan.

"The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging, multi-year program to help foster a culture of water stewardship, so that people have access to clean fresh water around the world", said Kellie Sauriol, RBC's regional vice president for Toronto West.  "The demands on this limited resource continue to grow, even in Canada, where we have one of the world's largest supplies of freshwater.  We believe that the better our watersheds are managed, the more likely we are to have a sustainable and safe water supply." 

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 www.trca.on.ca

 

RBC Blue Water Project

The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging, multi-year program to help foster a culture of water stewardship in Canada and abroad though a 10-year, $50 million grant program.  For more information on the RBC Blue Water Project, as well as grant guidelines and online applications, visit www.rbc.com/bluewater.

 

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