Canada's New Government taking action to clean up Lake Simcoe

    JACKSON'S POINT, ON, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird,
Minister of the Environment, and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the
Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform
announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $12 million to
support the clean up of Lake Simcoe.
    "Our Government believes that clean, safe and secure water is something
all Canadians should have the right to enjoy," said Minister Baird. "Today's
announcement will clean up Lake Simcoe, improve water quality, and ultimately
protect our precious ecosystems."
    This investment to clean up Lake Simcoe is part of Canada's $93 million
National Water Strategy, a comprehensive initiative to improve water quality
and to protect our precious lakes, rivers and oceans. By investing $12 million
over the next two years to support the clean up of Lake Simcoe the Government
is taking real action to stem the effects of excessive algae and weed growth
that reduce oxygen supply and harm fish and wildlife.
    "After years of hard work, action is being taken by Canada's New
Government to protect and clean up Lake Simcoe's environment. This is
important, not just to the thousands of visitors Lake Simcoe welcomes each
year, but also to the communities that live on its shores," added Minister Van
Loan, who is also the local MP for York-Simcoe. "Lake Simcoe provides clean
and safe drinking water for tens of thousands of families around the lake."

    Lake Simcoe is one of Ontario's major recreational areas, located north
of Toronto. The lake is known for its recreational fishery and picturesque
landscapes and generates approximately $200 million annually through tourism
and recreation. The region also supports agricultural activities and has
recently undergone increased urban development.

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; Michael White, Special Assistant
(Communications), Office of Minister Van Loan, (613) 995-7226; Karen
MacDonald, Executive Assistant, Office of Minister Van Loan, (905) 898-1600,
Cell: (416) 500-2069

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