The weather in Ontario is becoming warmer and more erratic because of climate change. Urban areas such as Toronto get the brunt of the impact.
Every summer, PortsToronto spends 12 weeks dredging, digging up slime and muck from the bottom of the Keating Channel, where the Don River takes a 90-degree turn before spilling out into Lake Ontario. Sometimes even vehicles appear, including a Porsche and a Ford, says one hoisting engineer.
Two of Scarborough’s storm water ponds are scheduled to be dredged by the City of Toronto. The Lansing pond located at Kennedy Commons and the Sisters of St. Joseph pond located at Warden Avenue and St. Clair Avenue have been in use since the mid ‘90s. Estimates put the cost of dredging both ponds at around $750,000 according to the City of Toronto.
Chinook salmon in Highland Creek? That the Scarborough creek carries the fish normally found in the Pacific came as news to Gary Carmichael. “I had no idea that there were salmon in Highland Creek so I was surprised to hear that,” the Scarborough resident said.
Imagine being underneath the power lines and instead of seeing a desolate sea of brown and green tall grass along the hydro corridor the scene was full of wildflowers and the wings of hundreds of butterflies against the breeze… that could soon be a possibility.