Na­val re­ser­vists clean shores of Ver­dun

Le Magazine de l'Île-des-Soeurs - - LOCAL NEWS - DO­MI­NICK FOZIOLI dfo­zio­li@me­tro­me­ FOR MORE D'IN­FO

ENVIRONMENT. Kee­ping wa­ter­ways clean means a lot to a team of na­val re­ser­vists at HMCS Don­na­co­na. In Au­gust, they spent two full days ben­ding over and pi­cking up trash in the Mon­treal area.

With gar­bage bags and pro­tec­tive gloves, the group of se­ven men and wo­men tar­ge­ted the sho­re­line of the St-La­wrence Ri­ver near Mon­sei­gneur J.A. Ri­chard Park in Ver­dun, and along the La­chine Ca­nal in the Sud-Ouest bo­rough.

«For the most part, the things that we find here are fair­ly ru­di­men­ta­ry, from bot­tle caps to ci­ga­rette butts, but oc­ca­sio­nal­ly you find a shoe, a shirt maybe. You kind of won­der what hap­pe­ned to the ow­ners of them,» says 26-year-old na­val ca­det Si­mon Bul­lock.

The sho­re­line ef­fort is lin­ked to a na­tion­wide cam­pai­gn cal­led Great Ca­na­dian Sho­re­line Clea­nup. The ini­tia­tive is or­ga­ni­zed by the Van­cou­ver Aqua­rium and the World Wild­life Fund’s Ca­na­dian di­vi­sion.

«Some ma­rine life think the plas­tic in the wa­ter is food. It will cause them to die,» says na­val ca­det Aman­da Al­tit.

The 27-year-old adds the clea­nup is a re­war­ding ex­pe­rience. For her, it shows how se­rious­ly the Ca­na­dian Na­vy takes en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. The clea­nup is consi­de­red part of the na­val re­ser­vists’ ba­sic trai­ning. Most serve on a part­time ba­sis du­ring the sum­mer per­iod and on wee­kends and eve­nings. Al­tit en­cou­rages all Que­be­cers to al­so do their part.

(Pho­to: IDS/Ver­dun Heb­do – Do­me­nic Fa­zio­li)

A team of se­ven na­val re­ser­vists have been clea­ning up Mon­treal’s sho­re­lines this sum­mer.

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