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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup success in Ottawa!

By Gayle McClelland, Project & Event Manager, WWF-Canada

Despite the pouring rain, spirits weren’t dampened on the biggest-ever Ottawa Kick Off for the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up. More than 150 people teamed up, grabbed a tally sheet, donned some work gloves and went to work collecting more than 200 kg of garbage along the Parliament Hill shoreline.

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(c) Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The participants were greeted by Mayor Jim Watson and MPP Yasir Naqvi, and of course, the Panda! MP Royal Galipeau presented a certificate of recognition for the 20th anniversary of the event to WWF’s Martin Von Mirbach.

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Mayor Watson and the Panda greet the participants
(c) Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

From shoes and pants, to an ice auger, a tarp and a large sign, the array of items that were pulled from the shoreline was remarkable – not to mention the number of cigarette butts and recyclable items. The weigh station filled up quickly.

And while it was work, it was also a celebration. Presenting sponsor Loblaw had a large team on site and came with a fantastic event cake for everyone to enjoy.  The best parts for me as the site coordinator, a sparkling clean shoreline in one of our most scenic Ottawa venues and participants already asking how they sign up for next year’s event!