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GNN Action Alerts

Take action on a number of important issues this month!

Please note the following deadlines:
Bill 229 comment submission - Today (December 2), 7pm EST
Blue Box regulations public comments - Tomorrow (December 3)
Comment on Proposed Blue Box Regulations
The Ontario government has proposed new regulations that will make producers responsible for managing the Blue Box program. But the regulations could still mean not having to manage certain materials, leave some residents out of the program, and set low targets for collection and recycling.

This is your chance to speak up for strong regulations that put Ontario on track to a low-carbon, non-toxic circular economy, and hold companies accountable. The proposed regulations are open for public comments until December 3rd.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance has set up a useful tool to help you submit comments to the Environmental Registry of Ontario.
Province Looking to Remove Protections from Watersheds and Wetlands
Schedule 6 of the Ontario government's proposed omnibus Budget Bill 229 is proposing changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, removing protections from our watersheds and wetlands. You can watch this webinar to get an overview of Schedule 6 and what the proposed changes would mean to our protected lands.
There are a number of actions you can take to demand that Schedule 6 be removed from Bill 229.

Action 1: MPP Meeting - Friday December 4, 3:30pm
Richmond Hill residents have organized a virtual meeting with local MPP Daisy Wai to voice their concerns. RSVP here if you are able to join, and a Zoom link will be provided to you by GNN member group Neighbours for the Planet.

Action 2: Submit a written statement to the Standing Committee
The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will meet to consider Bill 229, and has been holding public meetings in Toronto via videoconference. You can find an electronic version of Bill 229 here.

If you would like to comment on Bill 229, you can send a written submission by TODAY (December 2) at 7pm EST.

Action 3: Email the Government of Ontario and MPPs
The following organizations have made it easy for you to voice your concerns about Schedule 6 by creating email templates that you can use:
Reduce and Reuse in a Zero Plastic Waste Strategy
As part of the government's plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030, the federal government released its list of banned single-use plastics in October. Unfortunately, the list only included six items. To create real change, a wider ban on non-essential single-use plastics and the zero-waste fundamentals of reduce and reuse are needed.

Have your say and send an email to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to let him know that we need bold action to tackle the waste crisis. The deadline for public input on this strategy is December 9th.
Stop Highway 413
Ontario is planning to build Highway 413, yet another toll highway. Aside from the added pollution, the highway would pave over farmland, forests, wetlands and parts of the Greenbelt, and would mean less money for public transit.
Learn more about this plan, and take action by signing the petition.
Protect Pickering Farmland
The Pickering Lands, 18,600 acres of prime farmland, was expropriated by the Government of Canada in 1972 in order to build an airport. Since then, none of the studies commissioned have shown a need or business case for such an airport. While some of the Pickering Lands has been transferred to Parks Canada, a lot still remains outstanding.

You can help to protect this valuable farmland by signing the petition.
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