The goal of the Rotary Club Dam Removal Project was to remove a very old dam and headpond from Armstrong Creek, a tributary of the rocky Saugeen River, and to rehabilitate the stream bed to better support a strong population of wild brookies. Continue reading
MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 6 October 2017
Ontario Rivers Alliance on the termination of the Energy East Pipeline
SUDBURY – The Ontario Rivers Alliance says that TransCanada Corp. (TC) cancelled its controversial $15.7-billion Energy East Pipeline proposal because “It saw the writing on the wall.” It proposed to convert its 3,000 km natural gas pipeline and construct another 1,500 km of new pipeline, to carry 1.1 million barrels per day of dirty Tar Sands oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.
“TC’s decision was likely due in large part to a continuing decline in the demand for crude oil in a world on a fast-track to decarbonize.” The scientific evidence is clear, that climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time. “So, the National Energy Board’s recent ruling to consider the potential increase in upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the project was no surprise, but an impossible hurdle to overcome, and likely the final nail in the coffin.”
“Termination of the project can also be chocked up to pure ‘People Power’. The Ontario Rivers Alliance was only one of 337 applicants that were granted intervenor status in the review; however, the level of collaboration and cooperation between the intervenors working to protect the environment and rally against the project was unprecedented. These were grass-roots organizations, municipalities, First Nation communities and individuals coming together to oppose a risky project that posed a threat to literally thousands of aquifers, creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands across its 4,500 km span.”
“We can finally breathe a sigh of relief today. Congratulations and a big thank you to all those who fought so hard to protect communities, and the environment”, said Linda Heron, Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance.
Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is a Not-for-Profit grassroots organization acting as a voice for several stewardships, associations, and private and First Nation citizens who have come together to protect, conserve and restore healthy river ecosystems.
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Chair, Ontario Rivers Alliance
However, the SEV must also set the tone for climate-resilient development within communities. This approach would require that decision-makers and practitioners integrate climate considerations directly into development activities across multiple sectors, keeping the focus on achieving development goals despite a changing climate. It would encourage a commitment to understand and plan for climate shocks like fires, droughts, hurricanes and floods. Ensuring flood planes are free of development and wetlands are left to do their important work.
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.
There is little in this Discussion Paper that would rebuild trust in the federal environmental assessment or project approvals process. This proposal would leave the National Energy Board (NEB) in charge of hearing reviews and project approvals, when it clearly has lost the confidence of the public, stakeholders and Indigenous peoples. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the National Energy Board Act (NEBA) have failed to serve the public interest in sustainability and environmental protection, and should therefore be repealed and replaced.
The undersigned applaud the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for its initiative in developing runoff volume control targets to reduce urban stormwater runoff and associated water pollution. We look forward to working with the Ministry on both the development and implementation of a Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Guidance Manual (which the above-noted Registry notice indicates will be drafted and consulted upon at a later date) and the further evolution of rainwater management policy and practice (both urban and rural) in Ontario. Our comments are directed only at the consultant reports attached to the Registry notice.
ORA feels this proposed Bait Policy falls short of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s (MNRF) goal of finding options that minimize the ecological risks associated with the use, movement and harvest of baitfish, while also reducing the complexity of current management regimes and increasing business certainty to the bait industry.
Jeff Graham made this excellent presentation at the 17 June 2017 ORA General Meeting. He talked about his experience in southern Ontario with several dam removal projects – right from inception, through to decommissioning and river restoration. He gave some excellent tips that are well relayed in the presentation below:
Upon being sworn in, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (the Minister) received a mandate letter from the Prime Minister to review the environmental assessment (EA) processes with objectives to restore public trust in EA; introduce new and fair processes; and get resources to market. In August of 2016, an Expert Panel (the Panel) was chosen to conduct this review, and ORA presented to the Panel on the 3rd of November 2016, in Sudbury, and submitted written comments, dated, 23 December 2016. Continue reading
This spring has been the worst flooding Canada has seen in decades. Torrential rains have been inundating streets, homes, and forcing mandatory evacuations. Researchers write that floods are Canada’s ‘most common and costly natural hazard.’ In fact, flooding has become Canada’s biggest natural disaster problem in terms of insurance claims, which is now costing billions of dollars per year. So how can we prevent flooding, or at least be prepared when it comes? We’ve put together a list of facts and preventative measures you can take to protect your home from flooding. Continue reading