Carleton professor finds high levels of microfibres in Ottawa River

In September, Carleton researchers found high levels of micro plastics after surveying 500 kilometres of the Ottawa River. In more recent studies, research shows that now plastic micro fibres that originate from fleece, athletic wear, and synthetic materials are the main problem. Jesse Vermaire, Carleton professor of environmental science and environmental studies who completed the research, said he narrowed the issue down to microfibres by counting the plastics that were retained in the filter under a microscope. “We were really surprised at how many were there and that we found them in every sample,” he said via email. Vermaire said the department is not sure how the microfibre got in the river in the first place, but a possibility is […]

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High levels of micro plastics found in Ottawa River

Ottawa RiverKeeper, a local environmental organization, recently surveyed 500 kilometres of the Ottawa River in order to test for microplastic levels in the water. Carleton environmental science assistant professor Jesse Vermaire was part of a team of 20 volunteers that helped complete the survey over the course of the summer. On average, 1.35 plastic pieces per 1,000 litres were found. According to Vermaire, the amount of microplastic found is greater than the number reported to be found in the Great Lakes. “What was really surprising to us is we find plastic in every single sample we analyzed,” he said. “This suggests that plastic pollution is prevalent in the Ottawa River.” According to Vermaire, this plastic pollution is because every year […]

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NDP candidate Dewar wants to expand the public sector for students

Paul Dewar, the New Democratic Party (NDP) incumbent for Ottawa Centre, is running once again to be an MP, but said becoming one wasn’t his childhood aspiration. “I never planned at an early age to run for office,” the 52-year-old Ottawa native said. “[But] I can say that growing up with my mother involved in politics, I saw the importance . . . of making a difference in politics.” The son of a prominent NDP politician who served as Ottawa’s mayor from 1978-85, Dewar has been through three federal elections. He was first elected in 2006, when Stephen Harper’s Conservatives formed its first government. “Elections are like job interviews,” he said. “You go up to the electors and they decide […]

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