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.
When these unregulated projects come home to roost, and the environmental impacts begin to damage or destroy highly valued public interests, such as our lakes and rivers, endangered species, our drinking water, and the economy, the government will pay a very high price. Unfortunately, the damage that will result from these irresponsible and negligent actions will not easily be undone, and in many cases will not be resolved in our lifetimes.
If the government wants to incorporate “one-project, one review”, then it must be a robust EA process with fulsome public and Indigenous consultation, or it may find the process much longer than it might have intended.
ORA is writing in response to the province’s blueprint of proposed changes to modernize and strengthen the policy framework for managing Ontario’s aggregate resources. ORA’s primary concerns are related to the potential impacts of aggregate extraction on private wells, aquifers, wetlands, lakes and rivers; however, we are also concerned with the loss of prime farmland, and in particular, Class 1 agricultural soil.
Dump the Dump Now is a group formed in Russell Township, in Eastern Ontario to fight a proposed mega-landfill. The Dump Site would be situated on pristine land which is the headwaters for at least four streams and contains a 32-acre quarry lake on the highest land in the area. The hill has a very high water table and it would be just a matter of time before leachate from the proposed landfill, leachate pond and contaminated soil stockpiles would pollute the streams. Also as soon as work is done up there the drainage would change and have negative downstream impacts immediately. One of the streams flows into the Bearbrook and the rest flow into the Castor, tributary of the South Nation, tributary of the Ottawa. Surface water in this area is already suffering from too many nutrients caused in part by livestock and in part by rapid residential development–a landfill on such a sensitive site would add a toxic load to the Castor which could be deadly to aquatic life.
Taggart Miller Environmental Services proposes to turn 500 acres of a farming community in Russell Township, Ontario, into a giant waste disposal facility. Class One agricultural land around a century-old quarry would become a highly toxic, and very profitable, landfill.
The site contains a quarry containing a significant shale resource; farmland in use as crop, hayfield, pasture or woodlot; and a 32-acre lake. The site has high ecological importance, including breeding grounds for species-at-risk. It is right beside farms and residences, 2500 metres from three schools, a few kilometres from many more schools, and would irreparably harm several villages and many productive farms.
This film was made for the “Stop the Mega Quarry” campaign, which is another extremely important cause that we all must help with in any way possible.
This film is also important for our Ontario rivers at risk because it speaks of the importance of our water. The narrator reminded us that, “you can live for weeks and months without food, but you can only live a few days without water.”
We must treat water as a commons to be shared and cared for by everyone! Without water there will be no life!