uOttawa ELSA’s 2013 Shoreline Cleanup
On Saturday, September 28, over 20 ELSA members spent an hour picking up garbage and recyclables along the Rideau River in Ottawa. The ELSA cleanup was part of the annual, nationwide Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which ELSA has participated in since 2011.
ELSA President, Brandon Blackmore, describes the ELSA shoreline cleanup as a “great opportunity to get outside and help cleanup the community, meet new people, and to bounce any questions (law school or other) off of upper year students.” ELSA member, Natalia Crowe, and co-organizer (along with Robert Seredynski) of this year’s ELSA cleanup adds that “at this event, new and returning law students are able to take in the beauty of one of the rivers in the Ottawa River watershed, which is located in Traditional Algonquin Territory.”
This year, ELSA members removed, among other things, over 166 cigarette butts, 78 plastic and metal bottle caps, 29 plastic and glass beverage bottles, and 15 straws from the east shoreline of Rideau River. Also removed were items of clothing, condoms, a candleholder, a water noodle, and construction materials.
The ELSA cleanup happened on the eve of the Rally for the Rideau River – Keep 613 Tar Sands Free. Organized by Ecology Ottawa, the rally sought to bring awareness to and voice concern about the proposal by TransCanada to convert a natural gas pipeline to a pipeline carrying Tar Sands oil from Alberta. The proposed pipeline would carry Tar Sands oil through the City of Ottawa, including across the Rideau River.
To learn more about the Tar Free 613 campaign and to sign the Petition asking City Council to reject the proposed pipeline, see here.