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Bala Falls Small Hydro Project – Permit to Take Water

Area just below the Falls

Since this project was first proposed, a large percentage of the community of Bala Falls have been opposed to it.  Citizens have lobbied, marched, picketed, petitioned and railed against this abomination being built in the heart of their town.  Immediately downstream of the dam is a favourite public swimming and picnic area that draws local residents and tourists from far and wide.  This project will pose a public safety risk; however, there is no Public Safety Plan – it wasn’t included in the initial Environmental Report, nor was it adequately addressed.  It was unacceptable in 2012, and it’s still unacceptable – it should never have been approved in the first place.

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VICTORY!! Schedule 10 removed from Bill 66

We all had a HUGE VICTORY yesterday!!  “Thank you” for taking part in ORA’s campaign to Speak Out Against Schedule 10 of Bill 66.  The Ontario government reported that they will be removing Schedule 10 from Bill 66.   A BIG THANKS to you and many other people, organizations and municipalities that rallied together to speak out against this regressive Bill.

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Bill 66 – Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act – 2018, Schedule 10

In closing, risky development decisions made in one or more jurisdictions could have significant negative cumulative impacts on our air, land and/or water, as well as the Great Lakes and many other highly valued ecosystems.  Being “Open-for-Business” is a good thing, unless it is at the expense of public health and safety or the environment.  Do we really want to risk another Walkerton or Grassy Narrows disaster? That is precisely what the province is fostering with Bill 66. 

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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  

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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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ERO 013-3738 – Bill 4, Cap & Trade Cancellation Act, 2018

It is important to first state that although the Cap and Trade program was not perfect, it brought significant revenue into the provincial coffers, and funded important innovation, efficiencies and low-carbon programs.  The few cents added to our gas fill-up was hardly noticeable. That being said, this is a great opportunity for the Province to come up with an effective Greenhouse Gas reduction strategy that will not just reduce carbon and result in cleaner air, but at the same time create well-paying jobs.

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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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Draft Great Lakes Binational Strategy for Mercury Risk Management – NGO – ORA Support

On behalf of the 58 undersigned groups, we are providing these comments on the draft Great Lakes Binational Strategy for Mercury Risk Management (April 2018, hereafter “Mercury Strategy”). Note that these comments expand on comments submitted by Canadian Environmental Law Association, National Wildlife Federation and Toxics Free Great Lakes Network on this matter on May 25, 2018. 

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Sign a Petition

 

119 signatures

Speak Out Against Schedule 10 of Bill 66

Dear Sirs:

[signature]

This petition is now closed.

End date: Jan 20, 2019

Signatures collected: 119