“We can learn about the other GW Challengers and see how they are experimenting with water in their area of Canada. The kind of interesting things for me was that Toronto, in the 1900s, had an amusement park right on the beach. I also found the winter warming stations interesting.”
- Braidy Tungilik
“It was interesting to read about the R.C. Harris water treatment plant being one of the most important facilities in Toronto since it’s the largest water treatment plant in the city. The R.C. Harris continues to operate producing 950 million litres per day (at construction it was only 455 million litres). This is WAY more than our water treatment plant here in Gjoa Haven.
I liked learning about how the Water Quality agreement has evolved in the past 50 years from Madeline. This agreement was successful in controlling phosphor, protection of some fish species, and drinking water quality. I just finished a project learning about how phosphorus cycles through the biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere so it was cool to make that link.”
- Brent Puqiqnak
“I learned that Faye took a job with Parks Canada. She moved to Tulita (Dene name, “where the waters meet,”it is located at the confluence of the Dacho and the Mackenzie and Great Bear Rivers). I think some water will be no good in the future. She said oil sands are threatening the downstream water quality.
Bridgeette is amazed with wate. She wonders how water rivers never end. Her goal is to take this Water Challenge because she is so in to water. One of the issues is the Ghost River. It is located near the South Saskatchewan River. The name Ghost River comes from a legend. They’ve seen ghosts picking up skulls of warriors in a battle against the Cree.”
- Courtney Takkiruq
One thing we as a class noticed while reading the blogs is that water is important to everyone – whether you live in a big city like Toronto, or a small town like Gjoa Haven! A lot of water related geological features have first nation names as water was also very important to our ancestors’ way of life. Tis challenge has made us more aware of water related issue throughout our country.