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 it really renewable energy when it degrades the environment and impacts on communities in a negative way?
There are 241 hydroelectric dams in Ontario, and only 3 facilities have provided any form of fish passage.
The effects of dams and waterpower facilities on fisheries have been well documented over the past century, and include the loss or serious decline of many iconic fish species, which are resources of importance to Ontario’s economy, biodiversity, and natural and cultural heritage.
ORA submits that the MECP’s priority must be the pursuit of its Statement of Environmental Values (SEV), and its vision and mandate of “an Ontario with clean and safe air, land and water that contributes to healthy communities, ecological protection, and environmentally sustainable development for present and future generations”[i]. There is nothing in the MECP’s SEV that promises to “remove the regulatory burden” from industry or “provide some cost savings for dam owners and operators”. It is not the MECP’s duty to save dam owners and operators money or ease their regulatory burden. Its duty is to fulfill its Mandate to protect the environment and to follow its promise of environmentally sustainable development for our present and future generations. Certainly, MECP’s priority should not be to cut regulatory burden at the expense of our air, land and water. It is a tragedy that today’s cost savings for dam owners and operators will be borne on the backs of our children and grandchildren.
Hydroelectric Dams & Safety
Misner Dam News Updates:
2019: Misner Dam repair bill already way over budget
2019: Tender call coming for Misner Dam
2019: Misner Dam ‘task force’ to “create a road map”
2019: Task force charts course on Silver Lake
2018: Misner Dam’s Future is Up in the Air
2016: The County of Norfolk Council voted 6 to 2 to repair the Misner Dam
2016: County told repairs of $929,000 should make Misner Dam good for another 25 years
2015: Mayor Luke takes Misner Dam, Silver Lake issues to MNR
2015: Where are we with Port Dover’s Misner’s Dam
2014: Friends of Silver Lake Show County Owns Misner Dam
2013: Misner Dam can’t hold back ‘Super Flood’
A presentation made by Richard Delaney at ORA’s 28 October 2012 Annual General Meeting.