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Apply for a Review under the EBR

You can ask the government for a new environmental policy, Act or regulation, or for changes to existing ones.

For example, Ontarians have used applications for review to request:

  • An overhaul of the Endangered Species Act
  • Changes to a water bottling company's Permit to Take Water
  • A review of how road salt is applied
  • A new act to regulate the exploration and mining of uranium
  • A comprehensive land use planning system for northern Ontario
  • An act to protect cyclists and improve air quality

Even if the government denies the request, applications often result in improved environmental protection and conservation because of the public debate they inspire.

For a detailed description of the review process, including application forms, please see How to Prepare and Submit an Application for Review in our guidebook, The EBR and You.

For some stories about successful applications, read on ...

Eliminating Restrictions on the use of Outdoor Clotheslines

Andrew Moeser and Nalin Sahni were University of Toronto law students when they noticed that restrictive rules were preventing some homeowners from using outdoor clotheslines to dry their laundry – a simple energy-saving action.

So in 2007, they submitted an application for review asking the Ministry of Energy to pass a new regulation that would make such restrictions invalid.

The ministry agreed to their request and as a result, restrictive covenants and agreements that ban the use of outdoor clotheslines are now illegal.

Improving the Rehabilitation of Ontario's Aggregate Pits and Quarries

Ric Holt and Ed James were frustrated that gravel, sand and stone pits and quarries were not being adequately rehabilitated in Ontario.

They turned to the EBR and submitted an application on behalf of Gravel Watch (a non-profit environmental organization) requesting a review of the Aggregate Resources Act.

The Ministry of Natural Resources agreed to the request, conducted a review, and concluded that there were indeed weaknesses in its oversight of aggregate rehabilitation.

The ministry produced a report agreeing with Ric and Ed’s concerns and took various steps to strengthen the monitoring and enforcement of rehabilitation.


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