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Ocean Wise® Wins Pollution Probe Award 

Ocean Wise is the recipient of the annual Pollution Probe Award in recognition of leading work on our Plastic Wise Initiative.

The annual Pollution Probe Gala, called Living in the Plastic Age, calls attention to the crisis of plastic pollution on our planet. Pollution Probe has chosen to highlight Plastic Wise, an Ocean Wise initiative to raise awareness and share solutions to address the crisis of ocean plastic. The focus of this year’s gala is on […]

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Shoreline Spotlight: Instagrammable Beach Trash

Working as a kayak guide in Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia, Jennifer MacLatchy began to collect marine debris she came across while paddling. Surprised by the amount of litter she collected, Jennifer used her artistic background to document the finds and post them to social media. Three years later, she’s amassed hundreds of beach-trash photos on Instagram, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Vancouver Becomes Second Official Clean Shoreline Community

The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, has become Canada’s second official Clean Shoreline Community. This designation acknowledges the City’s continued commitment to protecting local shorelines, reducing litter, and improving public realm cleanliness in support of its Greenest City goals. Cigarette butts and single-use items such as plastic bags, foam […]

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