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Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative mayors mobilize over Great Lakes restoration and climate change

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative mayors mobilize over Great Lakes restoration and climate change

Member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative met at their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing Chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of 2017, but we must continue […]

Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force launches community campaign with online donation platform

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Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force launches community campaign with online donation platform

After fundraising more than $700,000 to date, the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force is seeking support from the community to complete the project and install the memorial later this year. Mayor Walter Sendzik and fundraising chair Greg Wight kicked off the community fundraising campaign with a donation from the Lynch family, descendants of […]

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Intense training for POCOMAR crews during annual SAREX

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Intense training for POCOMAR crews during annual SAREX

Intense. That’s how Norm Dashwood, commander of Port Colborne Marine Auxiliary Rescue (POCOMAR) unit, described it as a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon hovered within 10 metres or less of the unit’s main vessel, P1, Saturday afternoon on Lake Erie. The helicopter, from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, had lowered […]

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Proposed US federal budget cuts threaten Great Lakes

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Proposed US federal budget cuts threaten Great Lakes

The Trump Administration released its proposed 2018 budget to Congress today, eliminating $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI provides funding for cleaning up toxic waste sites, improving storm water management, combatting invasive species like Asian carp, and protecting habitat for fish and wildlife in the basin. Waterfront cities […]

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Welland Canal 189th Shipping Season Begins

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Welland Canal 189th Shipping Season Begins

The first day of spring and the opening of the Welland Canal shipping season. The first down bound vessel to open the season at Lock 8 was the Tugboat Calusa Coast with the barge “Delaware”. The captain of the Tugboat Gary Kafcsak ceremoniously accepted the Top Hat and opened the canal for the189th year. The […]

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Elimination of Great Lakes funds shocks mayors

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Elimination of Great Lakes funds shocks mayors

Earlier Thursday Mar. 16 the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget which eliminates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Gutting GLRI from the budget is especially appalling to members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a binational coalition of 128 mayors, given the success of and bipartisan support for the […]

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