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Speak out against Bill 66 – Schedules 5 and 10

The Government of Ontario is proposing Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. It is unacceptable that key environmental protection and legislation that protects the public is under attack.

Schedule 5 of Bill 66 would repeal the Toxics Reduction Act and two regulations. The purpose of the TRA is to prevent pollution and protect human health and the environment by reducing the use and creation of toxic substances and informing Ontarians about toxic substances. 

Schedule 10 of this Bill would enable municipalities to simply pass an “open-for-business planning by-law” under the Planning Act, to exempt local development from the application of key components of several important provincial laws, plans and policies, including the:
• Clean Water Act, 2006, Section 39
• Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015, Section 20
• Greenbelt Act, 2005, Section 7
• Lake Simcoe Protection Act, 2008, Section 6, and 
• Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2003, Section 7  

It’s also extremely troubling that a municipal open-for-business planning by-law would not be subject to public notice, comment or appeal provisions which are currently mandatory under the Planning Act.

If passed, this legislation would enable municipalities and local developers to bypass important environmental and public safety protections. Risky and imprudent development decisions could have severe negative impacts on our air, land and water, as well as the Great Lakes and many other highly valued ecosystems.

Sustainable development and a healthy environment go hand in hand. We all want safe, healthy and resilient communities, so it is important that this government ensures legislation that protects our freshwater and groundwater resources, our farmland and the environment.  

It is crucial that Schedule 10 of Bill 66 is rejected and this gutting/circumventing of protective legislation is stopped. 

Please take action now by signing onto this petition and ask your local MPP to champion the rejection of Bill 66.

Comment deadline is 20 January 2019! Thank you for taking action!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITIONS 


Proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in Ontario – ERO 013-4124

Nesting Double-Crested Cormorants – a wild native species in Ontario

This disturbing proposal would allow the killing of 50 cormorants per day from March 15 until December 31 each year, which would potentially mean the killing of more than 14,000 birds per hunter, per killing season.  Additionally, both members of a nesting pair are required for nesting success; therefore, the killing of either the male or female during the nesting season would result in their chicks starving to death. The government also proposes to amend the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to allow killed cormorants to be left to spoil, but suggests that if this proposal proceeds it may be accompanied by regulations to require retrieval and disposal of the carcasses.  This entire proposal is unacceptable, irresponsible and unjustified, and presents an increased risk to cottagers and recreational boaters and fishermen.

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Approach to a key regulation under the proposed Fish and Fish Habitat Divisions of the Fisheries Act

ORA is very supportive of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s efforts to strengthen the Fisheries Act Regulations and are pleased to provide our comments on the proposed amendments to the existing Applications for Authorization under Paragraph 35(2)(b) of the Fisheries Act Regulations.

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Screening Assessment Tool for Coal Tar Sealants – Joint

The presence and impacts of PAHs in the Great Lakes has been noted in the Canada-ˇOntario Agreement for over three decades. The Ontario provincial government and the Canadian federal government conducted a report, The Status of Tier 1 and Tier 2 chemicals in the Great Lakes basin under the Canada -ˇOntario Agreement, which noted that, “in some cases, the levels of PAHS in open surface water are still above the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Canadian Water Quality Guidelines. These exceedances are associated with known industrial sources.”

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Impact Assessment Act – Project List, Information Requirements, Timelines

ORA has fully participated in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Process review and was very hopeful with this government’s promise to “rebuild public trust, protect the environment, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and ensure good projects get built…” While there are some encouraging components, such as requiring the Minister and Cabinet to provide reasons for environmental approvals and creating a single agency to conduct assessments, it is extremely disappointing that the proposed Impact Assessment Act (IAA) further undermines credibility and trust as well as its ability to protect the environment. It is a very flawed process when after going through years of application review and examination of science-based evidence, that the Minister could make a purely political decision and prioritize economic considerations over meeting climate commitments – as it is doing now with the Trans Mountain Pipeline. 

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Canadian Environmental Protection Act – Review

We at the ORA fully support strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) through the list of 87 recommendations made by The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in its Eighth Report, tabled on 15 June 2017.  The ORA supports the right to a healthy environment.  Healthy communities, a healthy economy and a healthy environment are essential to Canada’s sustainability.   A review of the Act presents the federal government with a golden opportunity to improve the health and well-being of all people in Canada.

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Decision to reject without consultation the ENGO Proposal to Add Radionuclides to the National Pollutant Release Inventory – Joint

Recommendation: 

In the interests of public transparency and community right-to-know, we urge ECCC to continue to pursue this matter with its stakeholders by sending out for public comment the ENGO proposal to add radionuclides (2013), the ECCC and CNSC Joint Response (2017), and the ENGO response (2018), rather than recommending an outright rejection to add radionuclides to the NPRI without having consulted with the broad community.

 

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EBR-013-1476 – Draft Government Response Statement for the Recovery of the American Eel

The American Eel Needs Your Help!  You have an opportunity to support the recovery of a species that has declined by 99% of its original population, has been completely extirpated from extensive areas of its native Ontario range, and is in steep decline where it still exists.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has prepared a Draft Government Response Station for the Recovery of the American Eel in Ontario, and you have until January 11th to sign the Petition below.  More information can be found here.  To add your own comments just click on the letter and type.  Thank you for your help! Continue reading


Open Statement on NAFTA, Environment and Climate

 Since the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed more than two decades ago, our awareness of climate change has dramatically changed and our window of time for addressing it has shortened. NAFTA and other agreements that are part of the global trade regime have been used to undermine critical actions needed to respond to the climate crisis that help rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.

We need a fundamental shift in how we approach trade – one that puts the needs of people and the planet first. 

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Speak Out Against Schedule 10 of Bill 66

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