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The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shorelines through cleanups.
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The Dark Side of the Ducky

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day! According to the 1973 Sesame Street calendar, today is the birthday of the famous toy. National Rubber Ducky Day is a chance to reflect on childhood days with a favourite yellow bath toy, but there’s another side to this story about how rubber duckies impact oceans around the world. Did […]

Posted on January 13, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Cleaning Canada's Shorelines: 2017 in Review

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup looks back on cleaning the country, from top to bottom, left to right. Canada is a country molded by shoreline; we have more of it than any other nation in the world. Thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams carry litter to over 243,000 kilometres of saltwater shoreline across Canada. That’s […]

Posted on December 20, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
A Tale of (Cleaning) Two Cities

Every month, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup leads a backyard cleanup at the Toronto and Vancouver offices. Obviously, these cleanups look very different depending on where they happen. In Toronto,  the team is based out of the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex building  in a vibrant, west-end university neighbourhood. In Vancouver, the office is located […]

Posted on December 13, 2017 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: Q&A with the Litter Mermaids

If mermaids were real, they would know all too well the threat that litter poses to the ocean.  But there are two land-based mermaids, Melanie and Claire McDaniel, who understand how dirty waterways affect the ocean. This mother-daughter duo created a small business called In Your Element Mermaids that performs for special events and birthday […]

Posted on December 8, 2017 4 min read Continue reading
Turning Trash into Treasure

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup lives by the four Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. Our volunteers do the same. Every year, we hear incredible stories of volunteers reusing materials found during shoreline cleanups. Here are just a few examples of the creativity and resourcefulness shown by our volunteers this year. Foamy Insulation Linda Leith […]

Posted on November 22, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
Five Tips for Cleaning Remote Shorelines

When the Hanjin Shipping container spilled in British Columbia’s Juan De Fuca Strait in November 2016, many remote shorelines were affected. Surfrider Pacific Rim, the Vancouver Island chapter of an international organization devoted to cleaning and protecting shorelines, took action. Since June 2017, they spent 15 days and 11 trips removing debris from five islands […]

Posted on November 15, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
Not a Typical Day at the Office

There’s a cure for having “a case of the Mondays” and all you need to do is visit a local shoreline to find it. During Corporate Cleanup Month this past fall, nearly 200 workplace champions led cleanups that fostered important shoreline stewardship. Shoreline cleanups are a meaningful way for staff to work together as a […]

Posted on November 8, 2017 2 min read Continue reading
What’s Haunting Your Shoreline This Halloween?

What’s that sound coming from the shoreline? Did you hear that? That crinkling sound… is it a c-c-c-candy wrapper? What’s that doing on the shoreline? It doesn’t belong there. Oh no, now I hear something else, is it a b-b-b-beverage can? This shoreline must be haunted. With the longest coastline in the world, and many […]

Posted on October 17, 2017 3 min read Continue reading

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