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.”
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on politics and the Great Lakes:
Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office
Q&A: Doctor who exposed Flint’s lead levels sees similarities in Benton Harbor water crisis
Hoping to avoid Enbridge Line 5 shutdown, Canada asks U.S. to negotiate
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on the Flint water crisis:
Seven Years On: The Flint water crisis has yet to conclude
How much should lawyers make in the Flint water crisis settlement?
‘Some crumbs’: Critics urge rejection of $641M Flint deal
Drinking Water Roundup: Biden administration invests millions in rural water, treatment plant uses ultraviolet, lead pipe removal in Flint
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on nuclear energy:
Nuclear Question: Debate continues over long-term storage of nuclear waste in the Great Lakes
Animal Check: New project to monitor aquatic species that live near proposed nuclear storage sites
2 nuke plants, 1 bribery scandal, no answers: Towns on edge
Unexploded Ordnance: Lake Erie shoreline site of long-term munitions study
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Maple Syrup and Storing Energy – Episode 2304
Climate change impacts maple syrup and a Toronto company’s push toward renewable power.
Fading Stars and River Bugs – Episode 2303
Citizen scientists chart the night sky, measure the health of a river and The Catch.
Ice Climbing and Offshore Wind – Episode 2302
Ice climbing in northern Michigan and a controversial wind energy project on Lake Erie.
Smart Sewers and Sunken Aircraft – Episode 2301
A high-tech solution for sewage and recovering WWII aircraft from Lake Michigan.
Shrinking Winter – Episode 2202 Rebroadcast
The science of shrinking ice coverage, Great Lakes ice fishing and skating on wild ice.
Great Lakes Wildlife – Episode 2211
Seeking a small, venomous catfish, highlighting a Great Lakes docuseries and “The Catch.”
Surf and Turf – Episode 2210
Exploring a debate over Great Lakes land use, eFoiling on Lake Huron, and The Catch.
Finders, Keepers – Episode 2209
Scanning the bottom of the Great Lakes, a giant library of preserved fish, and The Catch.
Poisonous Ponds: Tackling Toxic Coal Ash – Episode 2208
How coal ash is threatening Lake Michigan, ideas for beneficial coal ash reuse and The Catch.
Salamanders, Shipping and Shorelines – Episode 2207
Saving salamanders, how Great Lakes ports fit into global shipping and The Catch.
Homes, Invaders – Episode 2206
Controlling invasive sea lamprey, hazards in our homes, and a Great Lakes news update.
Water’s True Cost – Episode 2205
The Great Lakes News Collaborative looks at the cost of water in the region and beyond.
Mushrooms and Mobsters – Episode 2204
A giant fungus in a tiny Great Lakes town, gangsters vacation “Up North,” and “The Catch.”
PFAS News Roundup: 3M being investigated for contamination, New safety bills introduced in Michigan
Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in this biweekly headline roundup.
Great Lakes Moment: New trail connects people with secluded Detroit River wetlands
The new Grosse Ile Township greenway trail is designed to improve public access to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge’s Gibraltar Bay Unit.
The Endangered Species Act turns 50: Congress is working to weaken it
The U.S. Senate has approved three changes to remove protections from threatened and endangered wildlife.
Illinois, feds grapple with agreement that would advance billion dollar plan to stop invasive carp
Illinois objects to terms of “complex” partnership agreement required by the Army Corps of Engineers, while Michigan policy expert questions the need for the project.
The Great Lakes Now Series is produced by Rob Green and Sandra Svoboda.