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IESO Long-Term 2 RFP Engagement – April 4, 2024

The Chute, First Falls, Ivanhoe River – Photo by Mark Clement

Unfortunately, the hydropower industry, as well as all levels of government, have ignored the extensive body of evidence compiled over the last few decades, indicating that hydroelectric reservoirs contribute approximately 5 to 7% of global GHG emissions that, individually, can rise to the level of a gas-fired facility. Instead, the industry and this government greenwash it with disinformation by labelling it as non-emitting, low-emitting, clean or renewable to mislead the public into believing it will cut GHG emissions when, in fact, it will be adding significantly to global emissions until the dam is removed.

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ERO-019-4300 – Exempting 5 LRIA Orders from EBR Stakeholder Consultation Requirements

The ORA is in strong support of ensuring that MNRF is more efficient in issuing permits to remove old and unsafe dams; however, we are strongly opposed to exempting these five LRIA orders from the requirements to consult the public under Part II of the EBR. This would mean that stakeholders, the public and Indigenous communities would have no opportunity to be consulted and provide input on projects that could heavily impact their property values, quality of life, and other important landowner interests!

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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




Learn about the extraordinary American Eel!

It’s a lizard, It’s a snake, It’s one of the most unique fishes in the world: the American Eel!

Known for their elongated bodies and short fins, these fish which were once very common in North American waterbodies, are now endangered. This is largely due to the presence of hydroelectric dams, which block their natural migration routes, making them unable to reach their breeding grounds in the ocean.

Learn more about their impressive migrations, extraordinary life cycle, and current conservation efforts through this short video.


ERO-019-6647 – IESO Pathways to Decarbonization Study

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Reservoirs

The ORA will never be in favour of streamlining the regulatory, approvals and permitting processes as they were put in place to protect our natural environment and communities, and have already been significantly undermined.

Instead, we need strong and rigorous environmental assessment and robust public, Indigenous and stakeholder consultation if we are to build climate resilience into our air, land and freshwater resources.

I will briefly address my rationale and the dangers of streamlining the regulatory regime of hydroelectric facilities in particular, as it is commonly claimed by governments and industry to be ‘clean’, ‘green’ and ‘non-emitting. However, this is misleading the public at a pivotal time when we should be following the science.

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Hydroelectric is not a Pathway to Decarbonization or Net Zero

Dear Ministers Guilbeault, Wilkinson and Champagne,

ORA understands the urgency in fulfilling the vitally important commitment the government has made to cut GHG emissions to 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030; however, we will present evidence from independent third-party peer-reviewed studies indicating that an effective path to decarbonization is not through hydropower.

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ORA’s first Youth Engagement event!

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ORA collaborated with Engineers Without Borders (UW Chapter) to host a youth engagement workshop for 35 grade 11 students in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School on March 31st. The group included students from the STEM Club and from the Environment Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Red Seal Program. ORA offered the students a Sector-Partnered Experience (SPE) focusing on real-world environmental issues to be solved. Continue reading


Is hydroelectric a pathway to decarbonization?

Watch our video to understand how hydroelectricity is greenwashed by Ontario Power Generation as “clean” and “non-emitting” when there are hundreds of independent third-party studies to the contrary. Read our full submission here!

Please sign and share our petition to protect Ontario Rivers and send OPG a strong message!