Blue Flags Return to Seven Toronto Beaches



    City of Toronto meeting criteria once again after labour disruption ends

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Environmental Defence has given the green light
for the Blue Flag to be raised again at seven Toronto beaches, following the
resolution of the municipal labour disruption. The City of Toronto is once
again meeting Blue Flag's rigorous and internationally-recognized criteria for
clean and sustainable beaches.
    Blue Flag certification requires that, amongst other criteria, washroom
facilities are available on beaches, garbage is picked up frequently and water
quality tests are conducted at least weekly. During the municipal labour
disruption, these services were disrupted. However, they have now been fully
restored to Toronto beaches.
    Toronto's Blue Flag beaches are: Kew-Balmy, Woodbine, Cherry, Ward's
Island, Centre Island, Gibralter Point, and Hanlan's Point. Results from daily
water quality testing indicate that the Blue Flag beaches are consistently
good for swimming.
    Check www.blueflag.ca for the latest information about Blue Flag beaches
in Toronto and throughout Ontario.

    Background

    Beaches or marinas get certified under the Blue Flag program after
meeting high international standards around water quality, environmental
education, environmental management, and safety and services.

    Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program.
Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research
solutions. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure
clean air, clean water and thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt
to Canada's contribution to climate change. www.environmentaldefence.ca

    The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a not-for-profit,
non-governmental organization consisting of member organizations representing
58 countries in Europe, Africa, Oceania and America. FEE actively promotes and
delivers education about the environment and sustainable development through
international programs such as the Blue Flag Program.
    www.fee-international.org





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232, (647)
280-9521 (cell)

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