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2019 Year in Review – PortsToronto Sustainability Initiatives

With the launch of phases one and two of our innovative Seabin Pilot Program, the annual planting of the native bee and monarch butterfly garden at the Outer Harbour Marina, the second annual Clean Water Our Future shoreline cleanup collaboration with Toronto Region Conservation Authority and other waterfront stakeholders, and the announcement of the conversion of the Marilyn Bell airport ferry to 100 per cent electric power – the first of its kind in Canada – 2019 was a notable year for sustainability initiatives, big and small, at PortsToronto.

Here are some of our 2019 highlights:

Seabin Pilot Program

This past summer, we were proud to report that our very own Outer Harbour Marina became the first commercial installation of Seabins in Canada. Invented by Australian surfers troubled by the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean, Seabins are floating trash bins that collect floating debris and micro-plastics as small as 2 millimeters, and are equipped with a filtration pad that collects hydrocarbons like fuel and oil that can spill into waterways.

Later in the year, the Marina’s Seabins were featured in The Plastic Problem, a PBS documentary on the impact of plastic pollution, and we were recognized with the Robert Eaton Environmental Award of Excellence
In October, the second phase of the project was launched at Pier 6 on Toronto’s waterfront, marking the first time the innovative cleaning tool has been installed in a North American harbour.

The Seabin Pilot Program also serves an education and research function through PortsToronto’s partnership with the University of Toronto Trash Team. Student researchers collect and analyze the plastics and microplastics captured by the Seabins to determine the origination of some of the materials. Read more about the Trash Team’s research here.

Learn more about the following initiatives in our 2019 Year in Review or in at the links below:

Billy Bishop Airport to Convert Marilyn Bell I Airport Ferry to Electric-Power
Outer Harbour Marina Recognized with Robert Eaton Environmental Award of Excellence for First in Canada Commercial Seabin Pilot Program
PortsToronto Receives Healthy Rivers and Shorelines Impact Award at 26th annual Living City Environmental Dinner
PortsToronto Launches Phase Two of Seabin Pilot Program In Toronto’s Inner Harbour
New Study Finds that 41% of Travellers Walk, Bike or Use Transit from Billy Bishop Airport
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Wins Airports Council International Environmental Achievement Award

 

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PortsToronto Crews Removing “Keep Out” Buoys from Harbour in Preparation for Winter

As part of PortsToronto’s annual preparation for winter, crews will be removing the red, green and white “keep out” buoys from Toronto’s Harbour starting on Friday, December 20, at 11:00 p.m. until approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 21. To ensure the removal is undertaken quickly and safely, this work will be completed overnight.

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Update: Ship Channel Bridge Restricted to Single Lane of Vehicle Traffic December 16-18

In order to accommodate necessary grating replacement work required to the Ship Channel Bridge, the bridge will be restricted to a single lane of vehicle traffic Monday, December 16 through to Wednesday, December 18. Traffic/re-routing signage and lighting will be in place to guide vehicles. Periodic bridge lifts may also take place during this time.

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PortsToronto Crews Removing “Keep Out” Buoys from Harbour in Preparation for Winter

As part of PortsToronto’s annual preparation for winter, crews will be removing the red, green and white “keep out” buoys from Toronto’s Harbour starting on Friday, December 13, at 11:00 p.m. until approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. To ensure the removal is undertaken quickly and safely, this work will be completed overnight.
 

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