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Fright & Flight Zone, by Laurent Robichaud

Since 1963 the Little Long Generating Complex on the Lower Mattagami River in Northern Ontario has been the source of an environmental crisis of immeasurable proportions. Thousands of Lake Sturgeon have been entrained through spillway gates and left stranded waiting to be captured and relocated back to their adopted man-made habitat, leaving waters not fit for survival. Adam Creek Spillway is well known province-wide as a thorn in hydro electric energy and should not be defined or qualified as GREEN energy.

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ERO-019-0880 Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy (Draft)

ORA also objects to Ontario ratepayers and/or taxpayers having to subsidize electricity pricing and capital expenditures for industry and private corporations.  This Strategy focuses only on the economic benefits of doubling the harvest, without looking at the trade-offs or balancing that with equal measures to maintain a healthy environment. This is the only way to maintain the claim of sustainable forest management in Ontario.

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ERO-019-1060 – Proposal to amend Ontario Regulation 454/96 (Construction) to provide alternative regulatory approval requirements for repairs to existing low hazard wetland dams

The Rudd Dam’s headpond had essentially turned into a large wetland created by over 100 years of sediment accumulating behind the dam, and the shallow pond’s water temperature was no longer viable brook trout habitat.  After the removal of the Rudd Dam the water temperature was reduced and brook trout habitat was made more resilient to a warming climate.  It was also an earthen dam that had already failed once, and the dam owner’s objective was to reduce his risk and liability.

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Calabogie Generating Station Redevelopment Project – Notice of Completion

The fact that Lake Sturgeon and American Eel no longer exists in this section of the Madawaska River, is all the more reason that OPG should make every effort to rehabilitate these populations and include effective fish passage for these and other fish species at this facility.  OPG is a provincial entity and as such should set the example as a beacon for responsible and sustainable hydroelectric facilities and operations in Ontario.

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Please complete ORA’s Strategic Planning Survey

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UPDATE:   The winner of the $50 gift card in the Survey draw is John Larmer of Sudbury, Ontario!!   Congratulations John!

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and helped ORA plan for our next 5 years!!!
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The Ontario Rivers Alliance is in the process of reviewing and updating our 5-year Strategic Plan and is requesting your help.  The Survey results will have a direct impact on our strategic direction going forward, and your response is very important to ORA.

When you complete this survey, your name will be entered into a draw for a $50 Mountain Equipment Coop gift certificateSurvey is now closed.


NGO Comments on Draft Binational Screening Criteria for Nominated Chemicals of Mutual Concern – ORA Support

The government recommendation asks whether the current concentrations of the chemical “exceed” the benchmarks or guidelines. This implies that we are okay until the benchmarks or guidelines are exceeded. This is not true. Health impacts don’t suddenly start to occur when you cross that narrow threshold of meeting the threshold and move into exceeding. We are already in trouble once we are near or have met the benchmarks or guidelines.

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ERO-019-0773 – “Proposal to transfer requirements from Ontario’s industrial effluent monitoring and limits regulations into Environmental Compliance Approvals and revoke the regulations” – ORA Endorsement

Removing the regulatory baseline for 113 of Ontario’s most heavily polluting facilities in nine environmentally damaging sectors is the wrong approach if the Government of Ontario’s goal is to hold polluters accountable, as it has stated on several occasions.  In order to achieve that goal, the MISA regulations should be updated and expanded to new facilities operating in Ontario across the nine industrial sectors.

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ORA Speaks to the Legislature, Re: Omnibus Bill 132

With the warming temperatures and extreme rain and drought events that climate change is predicted to bring with increasing frequency and intensity as time passes, decision makers and legislators bear a responsibility to strengthen freshwater protection and resiliency – not weaken it.  If this proposal moves forward it will be a precipitous turning point for our future with freshwater in Ontario and beyond.

You will find ORA’s submissions regarding Bill 132 here.

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Bill 132 and Proposed Waterpower Exemption to a Permit to Take Water

With climate change impacts bearing down on us, decision makers have a responsibility to ensure the resiliency of our freshwater resources.  If this proposal moves forward it will be a precipitous turning point for our future with freshwater in Ontario and beyond.

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ERO-019-0518 – Ontario’s Sustainable Bait Management Strategy – Draft 2019

In ORA’s view, MNRF has been streamlined and restricted to the point where it becomes very challenging to effectively monitor and enforce any Bait Management Policy. It is also imperative that penalties are a sufficient deterrent and that funding is in place for sufficient staffing to effectively monitor and enforce the policy.

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