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What’s missing from Doug Ford’s proposed expansion of the Ontario Greenbelt-
The Ontario government initially planned more ambitious additions to the Greenbelt. But after pushback from cities and industry, what’s left are a series of river valleys that were already protected.00
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FRESH: Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Cleanup Rule-
Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today.
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Easier Ride for Fossils, But $9.1B in Climate Funding as Ottawa Releases 2030 Plan-
The fossil and transportation sectors get a relatively free ride and electricity producers do the most to decarbonize in the much-anticipated 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan that was recently released.
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The pandemic that closed the U.S./Canadian border to people may have opened it to the invasive sea lamprey-
Great Lakes invasive species cling to shipments and navigate canals to migrate, but one aquatic invader – sea lamprey – benefitted from border closures instead.
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New report finds Enbridge Line 5 closure will cause little pain to Michigan-
Among the arguments used by Canadian energy giant Enbridge in support of its Line 5 pipeline that runs through Michigan is that, if it’s closed, there will be a significant impact on energy prices for consumers.
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Holding in the deep: What Canada wants to do with its decades-old pileup of nuclear waste-
Canada plans to store spent nuclear fuel deep, deep underground in the Great Lakes basin. That is, if an industry group can find a community willing to play host.
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Climate Ghosts author: To save more species, treat them like kin-
Western science and systemic restoration practices aren’t enough to stop the crash of struggling species.
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Farm Protection: Ontario invests in projects to help farms improve Great Lakes water quality-
More than $2.5 million was awarded from the Ontario government to 19 projects that ranged from green infrastructure projects to helping spread good land management practices.
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Nuclear Question: Debate continues over long-term storage of nuclear waste in the Great Lakes-
The current storage situation isn’t a long-term one, but the question of where the waste should be hosted and what it means for the impacted community remains hotly debated.
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Michigan tribes to Biden: Enbridge Line 5 threatens our treaty rights-
As Canada leans on an international treaty to keep oil flowing through Line 5, Michigan Native American tribal leaders want the Biden administration to acknowledge that the pipeline’s fate affects their treaty rights, too.