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Hillsburgh Dam and Bridge Class EA – Part II Order Request

It is imperative that the Town of Erin examines every means possible to make its community more resilient to climate change, and most importantly, to protect its finite freshwater resources and its fishery.  In fact, consideration of climate change was not even mentioned within the EA documentation, and ORA sees this as a major flaw, when it should have been included as a key consideration in the Scoring Matrix.

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EBR 012-8783, Regulation Establishing a Moratorium on Issuance of Permits to Take Water – Bottled Water

 Thank you for taking the first step toward protecting Ontario’s groundwater, and for putting the needs of communities before the profits of water bottlers. We support the proposed two year moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for water bottling, and are encouraged by the proposal’s stated purpose:

This would allow time for the Ministry [of Environment and Climate Change] to undertake a comprehensive look at our current understanding of Ontario’s groundwater resources and the rules that govern water bottling facilities that take groundwater. 

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Response to Canada Gazette – Order Adding a Toxic Substance to the CEPA; & Management Strategy for Triclosan

 The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Chemical Sensitivities Manitoba, Ontario Rivers Alliance, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Prevent Cancer Now and Citizens Network on Waste Management are submitting the following comments in response to the Canada Gazette publications (Vol. 150, No. 48 — November 26, 2016) for the Publication of final decision after assessment of a substance — phenol, 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy) [triclosan], CAS RN (3380-34-5) and Canada Gazette (Vol. 150, No. 50 — December 10, 2016) for Order Adding a Toxic Substance to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). In addition, we are also offering comments on the proposed Management Strategy for triclosan.2

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EBR 012-8685 – Ontario’s Crown Forests: Opportunities to Enhance Carbon Storage

Stream-side forests are crucial to the protection and enhancement of freshwater resources. They are extremely complex ecosystems that provide useful ecosystem services such as mitigating or controlling non-point-source pollution as well as providing optimum food and habitat for stream communities. As a component of an integrated management system including nutrient management and sediment and erosion control practices, stream-side forests have important effects on water quality. They remove excess nutrients, pollutants and sediments from surface runoff and shallow groundwater and they also shade streams to optimize light and temperature conditions and provide dissolved and particulate organic food for aquatic plants and animals.[1]

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EBR 012-8234 – Safe Harbour Policy under the Endangered Species Act

ORA submits that every effort should be made to avoid the killing, harming or harassment of species at risk; and that Section 7 should not apply to a proponent that was issued an Overall Benefit Permit because their activities were likely to have an adverse effect on a species at risk or their habitat.  A proponent must ensure that healthy compensatory habitat for a species at risk is maintained throughout the life of the Project.

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Federal Review of the Navigation Protection Act

The protection of aquatic ecosystems is of prime importance to Canadians; therefore, ORA requests that the revised Act fully reinstate the environmental protection of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems that was removed by the previous government. Additional safeguards must also be included to ensure that the Act meets modern standards for protection.

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EBR 012-8002 – Environmental Bill of Rights Review

The EBR must protect our substantive right to a healthy environment for all Ontarians, and must guarantee our right to breath clean air, drink safe water, enjoy a nontoxic environment, and to ensure healthy ecosystems for our present and future generations. The EBR should prevent the destruction of natural habitat, and ensure sustainability and biodiversity. The EBR must also ensure a citizen’s right to apply for leave to appeal a Director or Minister’s decision before an independent and impartial tribunal, the Environmental Review Tribunal. This must all be explicitly spelled out in Ontario’s EBR.  Continue reading


Joint submission on the Federal Review of the Fisheries Act

 According to the binational Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, “The [Great Lakes] fishery is worth more than $7 billion annually to the people of the region, supports more than 75,000 jobs, sustains native fishers, and is the essence of the basin’s rich cultural heritage.”1  In Ontario alone, the commercial fishery contributes $350 million to Province’s GDP and Canadians spend $443 million per year on the recreational fishery in the Great Lakes.

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Take a 3-D Flight over the Energy East Pipeline Corridor

The Ontario Rivers Alliance commissioned this 3-D Flyover of the Energy East Pipeline corridor across Ontario to graphically show the waterbodies that would be at risk if a oil spill or rupture were to occur.  The pipeline intersects more than 1,850 streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands along its route through Ontario.  To provide perspective, the thick white lines indicate a 15 km area on either side of the pipeline.


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