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Provincial Action on Road Salt Pollution of Aquatic Bodies – Sign our Petition

Road salts represent the largest source of chloride inputs into Ontario waters. Ontario makes up less than 11% of Canada’s landmass, but it is the biggest user of road salts in the nation. Your Ministry’s scientific data shows conclusively that salt has been and continues to be a threat to aquatic ecosystems which is increasing in magnitude over time.  SIGN OUR PETITION HERE!

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ERO-019-7891-Proposing to Revoke the Municipal Class EA and make a New Regulation

Toronto Harbour Sewage Bypass – CBC

This proposal has the potential to pose major environmental and public safety risks to stakeholders, the public, and Indigenous communities. Consequently, the ORA is strongly opposed to all aspects of this proposed new MPAP regulation and highly recommends the complete withdrawal and permanent abandonment of the entire MPAP Regulation and revocation of the MCEA.

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Feedback on IESO Resource Adequacy and Long-Term 2 RFP Feedback on Engagement

Abitibi River – Twin Falls GS

The ORA is providing feedback on the 22 February 2024 Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) webinar. ORA strongly objects to agricultural land being used for energy projects, as it is just another land-grab opportunity. Agricultural land is Ontario’s vitally important breadbasket, and it must be protected.

ORA also strongly objects to new hydroelectric being included as a “non-emitting” resource, eligible for the Long-Term 2 Request For Proposals (LT2-RFP). It was clearly stated in the engagement workshop and in the slide presentation that “the IESO has been asked by the Ministry of Energy to review the role of existing assets and new non-emitting electricity resources that can be in-service by 2029 including wind, solar, hydroelectric, storage and bioenergy”.

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Vittoria Dam Class Environmental Assessment – Update

You also mentioned there would be an open water area of the reservoir that would remain following the slow one to two-year drawdown of water levels to the concrete sill under the stop logs. The remaining pond in the new concept drawing for Alternative #5 does indeed look much smaller than your original. However, ORA recommends that the remaining pond be constructed as a wetland with the planting of lily pads, bullrushes, and other wetland plant species. Turning the pond into a wetland will provide shade to further reduce stream temperature, protective habitat for the Brook Trout, and significantly improve stream resilience to the effects of a warming climate.

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Feedback on the IESO Resource Adequacy and Long-Term 2 RFP Engagement

The ORA is offering feedback on the 13 December 2023 Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) webinar. ORA strongly objects to new hydroelectric being included as a “non-emitting” resource, eligible for the Long Term 2 (LT2) Request For Proposals (RFP). Participants were informed of an overall need for 5 TWH of energy emerging at the end of the decade and growing through the 2030s. The LT2 RFP has an anticipated installed capacity target of around 2,000 MW of non-emitting energy resources to be procured and operational by 2030.  ORA questions the IESO’s rationale for applying the non-emitting label to hydroelectric when there are numerous independent third-party peer-reviewed studies, as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reporting guidelines. This immense volume of studies indicate that hydropower reservoirs generate significant and ongoing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially methane, for the full life cycle of the dam. It is misleading the public to claim that hydroelectric is “non-emitting” in the LT2 RFP or in any other public arenas and could be considered fraudulent.

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Vittoria Dam Class EA – Feedback

Brown Trout accessing upstream of the dam was a concern expressed at the last Stakeholders’ Meeting. Is it possible to add an alternative for the outlet of the dam being lowered with a fine wire mesh on top, similar to Alternative 5, but without the pond? That way the stream can flow freely downstream and Brown Trout would have a barrier from the upstream. The pond is the issue…

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Hydro Impacts 101: The Trade-offs

We’ve been sold the idea that hydropower is a clean, green, and non-emitting energy source.
But this is far from the truth!💔🌱

Check out this eye-opening infographic and the full report below to learn more about the hidden environmental and socio-economic costs of these projects! 🌊💰

  • Hydro impacts 101: the trade-offs

Hydro Impacts 101 – The Trade-offs


ERO-019-6951, 6963, 6928 & 6853 – Proposed Streamlining to Permit-by-Rule, Waste Management, Stormwater Management and Site Dewatering Activities – ORA Support

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has prepared the following analysis and recommendations in response to the four above-noted Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) notices, which propose dramatic changes to Ontario’s permit-by-rule framework. The undersigned environmental, conservation, and civil society organizations have endorsed CELA’s submission. Collectively, it is strongly recommended that the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks not move ahead with the four proposals…

We are willing to meet and discuss CELA’s submission at your convenience.

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Advancing Protected and Conservation Areas – Joint

On April 1, 2021 the Ontario government announced the appointment of a working group of conservation experts to “identify opportunities to protect and conserve more natural areas” in the province, a key commitment in the government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The working group provided a report with recommendations to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks entitled, “A New Approach: Advancing Protected and Conserved Areas in Ontario.” The report was only recently made available to the public through a Freedom of Information request.

On behalf of the 124 undersigned organizations, we urge you to implement key recommendations of the report, specifically: 1) to partner with Indigenous Nations and engage the public, municipalities and interested groups to immediately implement a strategy to protect 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030 and 2) to establish an innovation fund to support implementation. We urge you to make funding and resources available commensurate with the globally significant opportunity that is available in Ontario right now.

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