Shocking images of 2013 Algae Outbreak

Click here to view images of the 2013 algae outbreak along the Ajax shore line.


Stop by PACT POW’s booth at Pumpkinville October 19

Members of PACT POW will be attending Pumpkinville this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenwood Conservation Area – 2290 Greenwood Rd., Ajax. Visit the booth and learn more about the Duffin Creek Sewage Plant, and how you can get involved by attending the upcoming Public Meeting on October 30 and signing the Save the Pickering and Ajax Waterfronts Petition.



Town of Ajax encourages residents to voice their concerns at October 30 Public Meeting

Share the Town’s information flyer and attend the upcoming York & Durham Region Public Meeting on October 30 – 7 p.m., Ajax Community Centre, HMS Room – 75 Centennial Rd., Ajax.



Share your odour concerns

Concerned about the odour by the lake? Follow these 3 simple steps and share your concerns.


PACT POW thanks hundreds of citizens for supporting the Save Our Waterfront MAYDAY Rally

PACT POW would like to thank the hundreds of concerned citizens who attended the Aug. 17 Save Our Waterfront MAYDAY RALLY. A special thank you to MP Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party who delivered an inspiring keynote speech, and the many environmental groups in attendance. Participants also heard from a line up of local speakers, signed the official petition, made rally signs, met Sammy the Salmon and wrote messages on the Save Our Waterfront sail.

However, it’s not over yet and there is still work to be done. We need to continue the momentum and take action by writing to our provincial and regional officials, encouraging friends and neighbors to sign the petition and attending the upcoming public information meetings planned for the fall. Stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved!



New! durhamregion.com editorial – Durham can’t afford a compromise on health of Lake Ontario

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PACT POW fact checks Ecojustice report

Recently, Ecojustice released The 2013 Great Lakes Sewage Report Card. The report analyzed 12 Ontario municipalities for their sewage treatment performance. PACT POW fact checked the report and found:
  • The study only focused on current phosphorus standards that were in effect in 1994. Since that time, science has significantly evolved resulting in the need for standards to be updated based on 2013 science.
  • The report did not address Soluble Reactive Phosphorus (SRP) – which there are no current provincial standards and is known to be a major cause of the excessive algae growth.
  • Ecojustice acknowledged that SRP was not included in the scope of the report, and  was not aware of the significant and excessive algae growth along the waterfronts.
There is much more about the sources of SRP that need to be scrutinized and further study is required in order to fully assess their impacts on the environment.


NEW! DurhamRegion.com Article – Hundreds of residents attend Ajax waterfront rally

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PACT POW announces MAYDAY Rally Agenda

Join PACT POW tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Rotary Park in Ajax. Between 1 – 1:30 p.m. participants can gear up for the rally by making their own signs. PACT POW will have all materials you need! Come with your message. Participants will also be able to sign the official petition, sign the Save Our Waterfront sail and of course meet Sammy the Salmon. Also on site will be Environmental Defence, Sierra Club, Lands Over Landings and Durham CLEAR. Our special Emcee – Jared Fenton will to pump up the crowd.

Speakers will start at 1:30 p.m. The agenda includes special guest MP Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party, Paul Kuebler, PACT POW, Councillor Joanne Dies, Ajax Ward 3 & PACT POW, Bill Parish, former Mayor of Ajax, Regional Councillor Colleen Jordan, Ajax Ward 3 & 4, and Regional Councillor Jennifer O’Connell, Pickering Ward 1.

Together we can take a stand and fight to protect Lake Ontario!



Save Sammy the Salmon – PACT POW Mascot

Sammy the Salmon grew up in the cold, fresh head waters of Duffin’s Creek. One day, Sammy decided to swim downstream and explore Lake Ontario. Sammy loved the lake and made many new friends, but something was different about his new home.  He started to notice slimy, smelly, green algae all over his scales and fins – which made it really hard for him to swim, breath and enjoy the lake with his friends.

sammy-the-salmon

One afternoon, Sammy was caught in the algae in shallow water and couldn’t breathe or see where he was going. He knew this wasn’t right, he didn’t want to get hurt again or didn’t want any of his friends to get hurt. Sammy was ready to take action.

Sammy joined PACT POW and is on a mission to reduce the algae in Lake Ontario. But he needs your help too – help save Sammy the Salmon and our waterfront!

Meet Sammy the Salmon at the Save our Waterfront MAYDAY Rally this Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. – Rotary Park, 177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax.