Spotlight on Great Art for Great Lakes: Artist Interview Series with Betty Carpick

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  We are thrilled to introduce our guest blog contribution—GAGL Artist Interview Series—featuring the eight incredible artists, and artist collectives, selected for the Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL) project. In each community, the artists have completed their community maker events where they engaged the public to participate in the co-creation of their proposed artwork. Now, they are working hard to …

What Makes You Care About Climate Change?

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It’s not an abstract question. The answers, in fact, could have wide-reaching consequences for if and how governments and industries respond to our warming world and the adaptation and mitigation efforts they choose to undertake. Research published in Nature Climate Change in 2012 found that policies directly tackling climate change are more welcome by the general public when individuals are …

Andrew Reeves’ Spotlight on Great Lakes: Wetlands

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Wetlands have received a lot of favourable press lately. In the past year, the Ontario government released a draft strategy for managing and growing our estimated 30 million hectares of wetlands from Lake Erie to Hudson Bay, a report that was finalized this month. Meanwhile, recent research from the University of Waterloo’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation modelled a future …

Great Art for Great Lakes in the Walleye

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By Pat Forrest Local multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, and environmentalist Betty Carpick will soon be inviting people to tell stories about their relationships to water in a series of free workshops in Thunder Bay. During five public sessions, people of all ages and abilities can use embroidery and pigments with a water-inspired palette to present images and words that reflect …

Great Lakes and Canada 150

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The doors to 51st Division opened in late May for Doors Open Toronto. Walking home from the St. Lawrence Market with my family we stopped near the police station so my daughter could pet a German Shepherd, trained in explosives detection, panting out front. Soon we’re touring the station, a rehabilitated former foundry, and getting a lesson in policing and …

Water, Culture, Science and the Nature of Connection

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And here I thought Toronto struggled to connect with its Great Lake. Cleveland, almost a sister city to Canada’s largest metropolis, has made accessing its Lake Erie waterfront laughably difficult. If the eight-lane I-90 highway and Cleveland Memorial Shoreway don’t make you think twice about walking the water’s edge, perhaps the five parallel Amtrak train tracks will. Or the sprawling …