A Globe and Mail article highlighted the serious nature of this issue as far back as 2010. In an interview with John Watt, water safety advocate & former Wasaga lifeguard and Barbara Byers, a spokeswoman for the Lifesaving Society.
In 2010 alone there were 237 confirmed drownings in Canada as of August 6th. 20 more than the same time the previous year. Byers warned that the real number - drownings in remote places often take weeks or months to be reported - is probably one-third higher.
Read the full Globe And Mail article here