pollution spill 11June09 4400 dufferin bus stop brook

It’s upsetting every so often getting off the bus to work the last stop before Finch on Dufferin, 4400 Dufferin North, in Downsview, that glorious scene where the thoughtful city builders have made an under-route for the brook that heads for the reservoir just north of Finch, in winter a spectacular vista, in summer explosively lush, home to many living things, a treat to have such natural retreats in a city, but upsetting when local businesses spill or dump chemicals or effluent or, who knows what. If you know of anyone empowered to investigate this before it disappears into the gritty memory of the ravine system and our water supply, pls fwd this to them:
beige foam from abovebeige foam left w fencetopbei- where the water goesbei trees look on

the beautiful waterway east side of 4400 Dufferin (North) bus stop, Downsview

the beautiful waterway east side of 4400 Dufferin (North) bus stop, Downsview



  1. Save the water ye 98% water progenitors of these things.

    Comment by oversion — June 12, 2009 @ 2:20 am

  2. John,
    Thank you for your awareness and observation of the small sanctuaries of nature around us. How many use this bus stop daily and never look past the chain-link? Among them, you are a hero. Well done!

    Comment by Paris E. Sea — June 13, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  3. Thanks so much for the gallant comment. Among commenters, you
    are a hero. It’s surprising how easily people ignore such issues,
    given that whatever is randomly added to the water
    swings on into the rain, the humidity, and despite what
    filtering, agitates even the drinking water in the end.
    Swim in it, wash with it, breathe it, it’s not illusory.

    And the feral cats drink it. I’ve seen them.

    Comment by oversion — June 13, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  4. Well-documented. I take it this is the address, more or less? You seem to have zoomed into the right set of environmentalists. Now some pics of the truck’s license plate that dumped this. There is probably a topological map that shows this ravine and how far it runs. This issue is important to me and I don’t even live in Toronto. We seem to have none to few ravines at all here. With the fees vets are now charging it seems as though they should be pushed to help out with this in some way. I am trying to think about in what way they could help while still leaving the ferals to their own devices. Rose

    Comment by Rose DeShaw — June 22, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

  5. One backchannel respondent thought it looked like regular pond scum, but the day there was 9 foot high foam up into the branches it’s like they didn’t have pond scum like that in the past. Thats all I’ve got, the past versus the future, meeting somewhere in the 3400s

    Comment by oversion — July 4, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

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