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Green sludge is blooming in the Lachine Canal, where even the giant swan head pedal boats aren’t stirring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The blanket that spreads from just west of Atwater Ave. to east of Vinet St. has the characteristics of green algae, Parks Canada said when asked about it this week. The federal agency added green algae are not toxic. Factors contributing to the green bloom are the low water level in the canal while the walls remain under repair, the lack of activity in the canal and higher precipitation this spring, Parks Canada spokesperson Audrey Godin-Champagne said. “It is important to note that there is no health or safety risk for residents and visitors,” she wrote in an email.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, I am filled with hope. Because now, more than ever, it’s crystal clear: people can change their behaviour, and people want to do the right thing. From the huge sacrifice of self-quarantining, to the front-line workers’ dedication, to the global co-operation of governments, the world has truly come together as one, like never before. If we can do this, we can solve the climate crisis. COVID-19 proves that we can choose to listen when scientists sound the alarm. We can see a crisis coming and choose to act immediately, introducing sweeping measures, even if they mean that society and the economy will have to adapt.