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Though the recent flooding has left the beauty of the Scarborough Bluffs untouched, it has caused significant erosion in the area. That has has led to dangerous conditions for visitors and more than a dozen landslides since April. Fines of up to $5,000 will be handed to those who enter restricted areas. http://bit.ly/2tOOj2k

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In the latest State of the Great Lakes report, released this week, the lakes have been assessed as Fair and Unchanging. While progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes has been made, including the reduction of toxic chemicals, challenges remain with issues such as invasive species and nutrients.

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Gartersnakes are not usually black in colour but the individual in this video has a mutated gene that causes the skin to produce an overabundance of the dark-colored pigment melanin. The eastern gartersnake is one of 5 snake species found in Toronto and region, and the most widely distributed snake in North America.

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Conservation Authorities are pleased with changes being proposed by the Ontario government to the Conservation Authorities Act, and look forward to following up on implementation as outlined in a new document released on Wednesday by the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative call for Canadian leadership in protecting the lakes. http://bit.ly/2sHBiuy
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As the city grows, so does the need for parks as a countryside escape, but access isn’t easy for everyone, especially with the islands temporarily off limits.

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"As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is especially well positioned to show leadership and take its commitment to the next level with TransformTO. It’s an ambitious but achievable plan for reaching Toronto’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent (below 1990 levels) by 2050."

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Did you know that TRCA offers dozens of education and training workshops each year as part of The Living City Campus? The workshops cover a range of interest areas, including water, renewable energy, sustainable design and construction, sustainable living, and monitoring.

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Want a unique high school experience in Canada to earn a Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies Credit (IDC4U)? TRCA's Boyd Archaeological Field School is now accepting students from Ontario and out of province!

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When hiking and biking, be sure to look out for snakes basking in the sun, like this red-bellied snake. They're not always easy to see! Many species found in our area are of conservation concern regionally.
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