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25 July 2009

Ontario: Dispose of your Expired Marine Flares August 1-8, 2009

From August 1 to 8, 2009, anyone with expired recreational marine flares who wishes to dispose of them, can drop them off at any of the 165 OPP detachments across Ontario. At the end of the week, the OPP will turn the expired flares in to Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety for safe transport to a certified disposal site.

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19 July 2009

Great Lakes water levels rebound

Great Lakes water levels are rebounding after a decade-long drop. During the mid-1980s, levels were high. A sudden drop began in the late 1990s. It forced cargo ships to lighten their loads to avoid grounding. If the estimates prove accurate, global warming will cause the lakes to recede up to 3 feet this century.

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17 July 2009

Canadian Rowers win 3 in 2009 Rowing World Cup

All three Canadian crews entered in the finals at the 2009 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland came away with medals — two silvers and a bronze. The men’s eight was second behind Germany. Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que., and Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., won their second silver medal of the season in the lightweight men’s double event behind New Zealand. Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria, and Sheryl Preston of North Delta, B.C., clinched bronze in the lightweight women’s double.

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Men 25 to 34 have Highest Risk of Drowning

Recent reports by the Canadian Red Cross says adult males 25 to 34 are most at-risk of drowning while boating with 39% of drownings occurring as a result of a boating mishap. Alcohol was present or suspected in half of those drownings. The reports concluded that nearly 2,000 boating deaths over the past decade might have been prevented had basic boating safety measures been taken, such as wearing a life jacket.

Canadian Boats Visiting the U.S. will require a $49 Licence

After Sept. 19, 2009, Canadian boaters will have to have a $49 licence to operate a powered boat in the U.S. In contrast, Americans boating in Canadian waters only have to apply for an operator licence if they stay more than 45 consecutive days.

Three gold medals for Canada at Pan Am canoe and kayak championships

Congratulations to Canadian paddlers Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, Ont., and the canoe pairs team of Jenna Marks and Maria Halavrezos, both of Dartmouth, N.S., collected their third gold medals in the 200-metre finals at the Pan American canoe and kayak championships in Rio De Janeiro July 5. Canada finished with 23 medals: 11 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze. |
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