Spanish & Vermilion Rivers Water Management Plan

The Spanish River system has been used for waterpower generation for more than 100 years. Vale owns and operates 15 main water control structures and 5 generating stations while Domtar owns and operates 5 main control structures and 1 generating station.

The Spanish & Vermilion Rivers Water Management Plan sets out the details of the operation and management of each waterpower and control structure within the Spanish River and Vermilion River Watersheds.  This plan was prepared by the Spanish & Vermilion Rivers Water Management Planning Team, and is available for viewing at this link.

Official Plan Review – Phase 2

The extremes of climate change will affect the operation of critical infrastructure such as water and wastewater treatment plants, sewers, the electrical grid, public transport and roads that are sensitive to temperature and weather thresholds.  Beyond these thresholds, infrastructure may have reduced capacity or may not function at all.

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Junction Creek Subwatershed Study and Stormwater Master Plan – VRS Comments

Climate Change is projected to have long-term and ever-increasing effects on communities and the environment.  It is encouraging to hear that data gaps in the vulnerability assessment for the City of Greater Sudbury’s (CGS) drainage related infrastructure are being addressed to prepare for the predicted increases in the severity and frequency of extreme weather events associated with climate change.

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VRS supports the City of Greater Sudbury Declaring a Climate Emergency

Climate change is already impacting our daily lives here in Northeastern Ontario with high costs socially, environmentally and financially.  The scientific consensus is that there is a small window of time to act to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.  It is both expected of our community, and in our community’s best interests to take the necessary action now.

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Speak out against Bill 66

Update:  Victory!! Provincial Government announced that Schedule 10 will be withdrawn from Bill 66 because of the huge public outcry.  People power works!  

A big thanks to all those who signed petitions and contacted their MPPs!!

The Government of Ontario is proposing Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. It is unacceptable that Schedule 10 of this Bill would enable municipalities to simply pass an “open-for-business planning by-law” under the Planning Act, to exempt local development from the application of key components of several important provincial laws, plans and policies, including the:
• Clean Water Act, 2006, Section 39
• Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015, Section 20
• Greenbelt Act, 2005, Section 7
• Lake Simcoe Protection Act, 2008, Section 6, and
• Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2003, Section 7

It’s also extremely troubling that a municipal open-for-business planning by-law would not be subject to public notice, comment or appeal provisions which are currently mandatory under the Planning Act. Read more

Bill 66 – Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 – Request to Mayor & Council

It is crucial that we reject Bill 66, as risky development decisions made in this jurisdiction or adjacent municipalities could have negative impacts on Sudbury’s air, land and/or water, as well as the Great Lakes and many other highly valued ecosystems. Being “Open for Business” is a good thing, unless it is at the expense of public health and safety or the environment. 

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