Town of Ajax

Town of Ajax

August 16, 2013 10:26 ET

Media Advisory: MP Elizabeth May to Deliver Keynote at Save Our Waterfront MAYDAY Rally in Ajax

Hundreds of citizens expected to take a stand and fight to protect Lake Ontario

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 16, 2013) - Pickering Ajax Citizens Together to Protect our Water (PACT POW) is holding a large community Save Our Waterfront MAYDAY Rally with special guest MP Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party. PACT POW is calling on York and Durham to invest in state-of-the-art technology at the Duffin Sewage Plant to protect Lake Ontario.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Rotary Park, 177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax

Other speakers include Paul Kuebler, PACT POW, Councillor Joanne Dies, Ajax Ward 3 & PACT POW, Bill Parish, former Mayor of Ajax, Regional Councillor Colleen Jordan, Ajax Ward 3 & 4, and Regional Councillor Jennifer O'Connell, Pickering Ward 1.

PACT POW is a group of concerned citizens focused on protecting drinking water and recreational use of the waterfront in the Region of Durham. The Town of Ajax is in support of the rally as part of the Town's on-going Save the Ajax Waterfront campaign.


  • Ajax and Pickering shorelines are slowly deteriorating from excessive algae growth.
  • Every day, an average of 340 million litres of treated sewage is released into Lake Ontario - just 1 km from the Ajax and Pickering shorelines - from the Duffin Creek WPCP for dilution.
  • Algae growth is caused by phosphorus in the treated sewage.
  • The amount of phosphorus dumped currently EACH DAY is equivalent to the amount of phosphorus in 2,000 bags of fertilizer.
  • The Duffin Creek WPCP is the second largest sewage plant in Ontario, with 80% of the sewage coming from York Region.
  • York and Durham plan to increase the discharge to 630 million liters every day to accommodate 400,000 new York residents - or 150,000 housing units - by 2031.
  • The Regions are considering a low-cost, minor adjustment to the existing outfall pipe to accommodate the increase.
  • York is considering technology in a new plant on Lake Simcoe that would reduce phosphorus levels by 97.5% more than targeted at the Duffin Plant. PACT POW would like the same technology for Lake Ontario.


Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Christie McLardie
    Manager of Communications