Karen Weaver was mayor of Flint, Michigan during the height of the city’s water crisis, which was caused when state officials failed to safeguard the drinking water. Mitch Twolan is mayor of Huron-Kinloss in Ontario. He thinks officials can maintain safety at a proposed nuclear storage facility on the shores of Lake Huron. The two mayors meet for a frank exchange of views in this episode, which originally aired on the Canadian network TVO as part of the “Political Blind Date” series.
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A Political Blind Date
FULL EPISODE | Flint, Michigan; Huron-Kinloss, Ontario; Walkerton, Ontario
Karen Weaver was mayor of Flint, Michigan during the height of the city’s water crisis, which was caused when state officials failed to safeguard the drinking water.
When authorities say, “Don’t worry,” she worries.
Mitch Twolan is mayor of Huron-Kinloss in Ontario. He thinks officials can maintain safety at a proposed nuclear storage facility on the shores of Lake Huron.
The two mayors meet for a frank exchange of views in this episode, which originally aired on the Canadian network TVO as part of the “Political Blind Date” series.
“This is a learning exercise about doing something with an issue that we have right now, and that’s nuclear waste,” says Twolan. “It’s being stored above ground. Is that the most realistic way of handling the waste for now, and in the foreseeable future? I don’t think it is.”
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How coal ash is threatening Lake Michigan, ideas for beneficial coal ash reuse and The Catch.
Saving salamanders, how Great Lakes ports fit into global shipping and The Catch.
Controlling invasive sea lamprey, hazards in our homes, and a Great Lakes news update.
The Great Lakes News Collaborative looks at the cost of water in the region and beyond.
A giant fungus in a tiny Great Lakes town, gangsters vacation “Up North,” and “The Catch.”
Sailing on ice, Lake Ontario winter surfing and three Lake Michigan news stories.
The science of shrinking ice coverage, Great Lakes ice fishing and skating on wild ice.
Lighthouse preservation, community renewal, and sturgeon teach Native American culture.
Plovers nest on a Chicago beach, suckers spawn in Wisconsin, and storms rage in Duluth.
Greener shipping in Indiana, the Benton Harbor lead crisis and water safety in Ontario.
Can two Great Lakes mayors with opposing views agree on how to protect the region’s water?
Building boats, cleaning up trash and uncovering amazing fossils around the Great Lakes.
Birds vs. buildings in Chicago, algae blooms on Lake Superior, and aquariums re-open.
Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.
Ontario’s microbreweries are teaming up for an ale trail or IPA itinerary for tourists and locals.
It’s unclear whether the ruling will affect other conflicts around the state involving drainage projects that preserve farmlands but increase the volume of pollutants flowing downstream.
The county prosecutor’s office in Cleveland has opened an investigation into an apparent cheating scandal during a walleye fishing tournament.
The Great Lakes Now Series is produced by Rob Green and Sandra Svoboda.