Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights: A Toolkit for Change

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This interactive workshop will introduce you to Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), a powerful toolkit for environmental change. Whether your issues are wildlife or water taking permits, alvars or air quality, greenhouse gases or gravel pits, you want to ensure you have the full range of tools at your disposal. The EBR is designed to boost public engagement with Ontario’s environmental laws and policies.

This is your chance to ask questions and learn about:

– the Environmental Registry: Master the basics (and some of the finer points) of the Environmental Registry – a versatile and searchable online database for thousands of current environmental proposals and past decisions of the Ontario government. Learn the rules and best practices for submitting comments to the government – comments the government must consider in its decision-making.

– how to bring your environmental concerns to the government’s attention: The EBR lets you become proactive in bringing environmental concerns and solutions to the government’s attention, using applications for review and investigation. Ontarians from all walks of life have helped to change environmental laws and policies, using the EBR application process. Learn, for example, how two students used the EBR to prompt the government to prohibit by-laws that barred use of a proven energy saver: the outdoor clothesline.

– other EBR rights: learn about your rights to request appeals of certain site-specific decisions on licences, approvals and other environmental instruments. For example, this tool can give members of the public a say on conditions in a company’s water taking permit.

– reports of the Environmental Commissioner (ECO): discover a wealth of information and unique analysis at your fingertips, in the ECO’s reports. The ECO is Ontario’s independent environmental watchdog. The ECO’s reports shed light on a wide range of environmental issues, including natural resources, air and water management, climate change and energy conservation.

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