CBC-News reports that some passport exemptions are likely for ferries and pleasure craft by the January 1st 2007 target date.
(The Horne Ferry on Wolfe Island, less than 10 miles from Kingston, links Canada to the USA.)
Bruce Schneier has an interesting post related to this on his blog: Schneier on Security (a blog that is always interesting).
Either one of two things are true. Either passports are required for security, in which case we interfere with ferries. Or they're for show, in which case we can just do what's convenient. Or maybe we just know that terrorists never take ferries.
Finally, after being notably low, Lake Ontario water levels are about normal for this time of year.
CBC News reports Rideau Canal system hit by high gas prices, bad weather and border woes. In some places along the Rideau Canal, traffic is down 30% compared to last year.
CKWS-TV has filed a transcript of a report on a recent fish die-off in Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence river. It's apparentlly caused by the VHS virus. Here's the report by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on the matter. See also here and here.
Here's an interesting article by Jamie Swift in the July/August 2006 edition of Independent Voice titled On the shores of Lake Ontario -- In which we attempt to stroll along Kingstons waterfront.