Good Neighbour Campaigns

Community Right-to-Know by-laws

May 23, 2012

Community-Right-to-Know (CRTK) by-laws give people the tools to understand toxic emissions in their communities, and provide a framework for pollution prevention and toxics reduction. CRTK by-laws have been passed in Toronto and in cities across the U.S. to add a mandatory toxics use reporting system at the municipal or state level. This ensures that priority [...]


May 7, 2012

On this page you’ll find links to various resources and tools that can help you and your community’s fight for a healthy community. Each of these resource pages includes a summary of why and how to use each tool, as well as examples of groups that used this tool and the results they had. Good [...]

Odour reporting

April 24, 2012

Equipping the community with tools to identify and effectively report pollution are a great help to any campaign. Odours are a common concern, and tools to help identify them can support local monitoring. Learning about the processes, chemicals used, and pollution emitted by the target company will help a Good Neighbour Campaign gain and maintain [...]

Postcards and Letters

March 15, 2012

Writing letters and signing postcards are great introductory campaign tactics as they educate the community on the campaign issues and can generate high volumes of campaign support.  Asking community members to write personal letters to the company is a great way to introduce the Good Neighbour Campaign, get people engaged and to create personal connections [...]

Environmental Registry

March 10, 2012

Ontario’s Environmental Registry is a publicly-accessible database for information and public comment on proposals related to environment decisions made at the Provincial level. It exists because of the Environmental Bill of Rights. What information does the Registry provide? The Environmental Registry,  provided through the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), is used by 13 Provincial ministries [...]

Freedom of Information (FOI) request

March 9, 2012

Governments regulate pollutants and what companies can do – read more about what each level of government does. Much of this information is available publicly, however sometimes, the public must file a Freedom of Information request, also known as an FOI. File the FOI directly with the Government Ministry or Agency that has the information [...]

Environmental Approvals & Certificates of Approval

March 9, 2012

In Ontario, facilities must get approval from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) if they release pollution to the environment (air, land, water), provide drinking water supplies, or store, transport or dispose of waste to ensure that the environment and human health will not be adversely affected. These are sometimes referred to by communities as [...]

National Pollution Data – NPRI

March 9, 2012

The National Pollutant Release Inventory is a source of information on major polluters across Canada. Legislated by the Canada Environmental Protection Act (CEPA, 1999), the NPRI requires facilities to report toxic releases into the environment and transfers of approximately 350 chemicals to Environment Canada. Annual reports (released two years after the reported year) contain detailed information [...]


March 5, 2012

“Stackwatch” and similar industrial facility ‘keys’ or fact sheets can help local residents identify, track, report, and understand pollution sources and events in their own community.  Learning about the processes, chemicals used, and pollution emitted by the target company will help a Good Neighbour Campaign gain and maintain credibility. Additionally, with proper monitoring and reporting, [...]