Building communities

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 1:15 pm to 4:00 pm  | Friday, February 4, 2022 - 9:00 am to 4:00pm

From municipal and planning law to environmental law, lawyers are engaged every day in the work of building the communities we all live, work and play in. Join us for this unique event which will examine critical issues and keep you current on all the legal matters that arise when building and managing our communities. Our panels of top legal professionals will discuss key issues including:

  • Stewardship of Municipal Waste
  • Legal Impacts of Extreme Environmental Changes on Infrastructure
  • Minister's Zoning Orders
  • Intersection of Environmental Issues and Human Rights
  • Municipal Election Issues
  • Case Law Updates for 2021

This special event will ensure that your legal toolkit contains everything necessary to practice and advise with confidence.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHAIR

Talia Gordner, McMillan LLP

MUNICIPAL AND PLANNING CO CHAIR
Christie Gibson, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Joanna Wice, City of Toronto

agenda

TIME municipal & planning stream environmental stream
  DAY ONE - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2022
12:30 PM MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SESSION

1:15PM 

Welcoming and Opening Remarks
Talia Gordner, McMillan LLP
Joanna Wice, City of Toronto

1:20PM

Environmental Impacts on Municipal Infrastructure

Join our opening plenary to discuss the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather on municipal infrastructure. Our panel of experts will discuss the environmental risks arising from outdated infrastructure, how municipalities are dealing with this and how businesses can protect themselves from liability.

Elliott Cappell, PricewaterhouseCoopers

1:45PM

Municipal Case Law Update

This review will provide insightful updates and bring you up to speed on the latest in municipal jurisprudence and trends. Join us to hear the most important and interesting case law from 2021.

John Mascarin, Aird & Berlis LLP

 

Environmental Case Law Update

Our panel of experts will review key case law developments over the past year.

Dina Awad, Dentons Canada LLP 
Tamara Farber, Miller Thomson LLP (Chair)

2:15PM

Implications of COVID-19 Litigation

This program will examine the use of judicial remedies and injunctions issued over the past year and what can be learned from them. The discussion will include notable orders and decisions, such as those relating to the Church of God in Aylmer and Adamson BBQ.

Adam Mortimer, Ministry of Attorney General
Nidhi Punyarthi, City of Niagara Falls

Minister’s Zoning Orders and Environmental Considerations

Join our panel as they review the 2021 changes to Minister’s Zoning Orders, their effectiveness and what you need to know to ensure you are up to speed on key developments, such as the Greenpeace Canada v Ontario (Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks) case, to help you proactively address questions and concerns of your clients.

Laura Bowman, Ecojustice Canada
Rizwan Khan, Viridius Lex LLP (Chair)
Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager,Environmental Defense

 

2:45PM COFFEE BREAK
3:00PM

Interpreting Legislative and Regulatory Changes in the COVID-19 Era

Legislative and regulatory changes have been made at a fast pace in the past year including constant changes to what is open, what is closed, and how we are able to interact in our communities. Join our panel to learn what the changes are, strategies with coping with the constant change and how to provide the most up-to-date advice to your clients.

Alexis Alyea, Town Solicitor and Manager of Legal and Court Services, Town of Caledon
Andra Maxwell, City of Mississauga

Recent Changes to Ontario’s Environmental Assessments

Join our panel of speakers as they examine the impact of recent and proposed changes to the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, requirements and exemptions for projects, and how these potential changes may impact, and influence client matters in the year ahead.

Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Anneliese Grieve, Strategic Environmental Planning Solutions
Ceyda Turan, Turan Law Office

3:30PM

Drafting By-Laws in Municipalities

Our panelists will provide a by-law drafting primer, cover challenges of by-law drafting in the COVID-19 era and provide insights on how to improve your by-law drafting skills.

Colleen Grant, City of Brampton
Lisa Pasternak, City of Toronto

3:55PM CLOSING REMARKS FOR DAY ONE
Talia Gordner
, McMillan LLP
Joanna Wice, City of Toronto
4:00PM DAY ONE CONCLUDES
DAY TWO - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2022
9:00AM WELCOMING AND OPENING REMARKS
Talia Gordner
, McMillan LLP
Joanna Wice, City of Toronto
9:05AM

The World of Excess Soil – Municipal and Environmental Legal Issues

Join our plenary session to hear first-hand from experts in excess soil in the municipal and environmental sector. The program will review the excess soil regime, municipal by-laws prohibiting deposits of excess soil, and how the construction industry is managing compliance.

Anand Srivastava, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP (Chair)
Matthew Lakatos-Hayward, Goodmans LLP
Hayley Valleau, Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (Ontario)
Jim Walls, R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

10:00AM

Planning Case Law Update

Gain expert insights on recent and key land use planning law decisions of both the Courts and the Ontario Land Tribunal.

Chris Barnett, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Stewardship of Municipal Waste in Ontario

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the Stewardship of Municipal Waste in Ontario including a discussion of various waste related matters involving the blue box, hazardous and special products, batteries, electronics and tires.

Peter Hargreave, Policy Integrity Inc.
Denisa Mertiri, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Chair)

10:30AM COFFEE BREAK
10:45AM

A Discussion of Recent Third-Party Advertising Limits for Ontario Municipal Elections

The panel will provide an overview of recent amendments to the Municipal Elections Act imposing new third-party advertising rules and discuss the City of Toronto’s approach to, and experience with, the new legislation.

Cory Lynch, City of Toronto Legal Division
Fiona Murray, Deputy Clerk for Elections, City of Toronto

The Development of Environmental Law in the Food Industry

Join our panel of experts as they engage in an overview of environmental law and the food industry. The program will provide an overview of environmental laws that support the safe and sustainable production of food, how environmental laws can be used to both support our food systems in our municipalities and corporations and ensure the efficient and effective disposal of food waste itself.

Anna Cote, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Chair)
Patricia Galvao-Ferreira, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Glenford Jameson, G.S. Jameson & Company
Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

11:15AM

Recent Developments in the Law of Costs at the Ontario Land Tribunal

Our panel of experts will provide an update on key cases, what these may suggest for future directions of the OLT and how to ensure costs are not issued against your client.

Ian Flett, Eric K. Gillespie PC
Patrick MacDonald, City of Hamilton

12:00PM Lunch Break
12:30PM SOCIAL TIME: YOUR CHOICE OF NETWORKING OR TRIVIA 
1:00PM

Enforcement of Municipal Zoning By-Laws

Join us for an update on enforcement of municipal zoning bylaws by way of a case comment on Town of Caledon v Darzi Holdings Ltd.

Melissa Winch, Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP

The Intersection of Environmental Law and Human Rights

With the increasing public awareness of the impact environmental degradation is having on human health and the natural environmental, the federal government has heeded the call through proposed amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act providing for a right to a healthy environment. Join our panelists as they discuss the impact of such a right for your clients and how such a right may impact individual cases in Canada and abroad.

Olivia Bonner, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Prof. Lynda Collins, Centre of Environmental Law and Global Sustainability, University of Ottawa
Carissa M. Wong, Principal at Carissa Wong, Barrister & Solicitor (Chair)
Ramani Nadarajah, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

1:30PM

Affordable Housing and Inclusionary Zoning

Our panel will discuss the evolution of inclusionary zoning, including the City of Toronto’s recent adoption of the first inclusionary zoning regime. Our speakers will also examine changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 as well as the impact of secondary suites on affordable housing.

David Bronskill, Goodmans LLP
Deanna Chorney, City of Toronto
John Fox, Robins Appley Barrister & Solicitors, LLP
Kelly Matsumoto, City of Toronto

2:30PM COFFEE BREAK
2:45PM

Municipal Election Issues

This panel will provide an update on the state of municipal elections, including discussion of the recent Supreme Court of Canada case, Toronto (City) v. Ontario (AG), 2021 SCC 34.

Glenn K.L. Chu, City of Toronto
Diana Dimmer, City of Toronto
Stéphane Émard-Chabot, Sicotte Guilbault LLP

Environmental Legislative and Regulatory Update

Over the last year, there have been several changes to both environmental regulations and legislation. Join our panel of experts for an overview of these changes, where are we now, and what may be coming next in the year ahead.

Jessica Boily, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Chair)
Madiha Vallani, Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

3:15PM

Minister’s Zoning Orders and Obtaining Development Approvals

Join our panel as they discuss the ongoing unprecedented use of Minister’s Zoning Orders, and learn what you need to know to ensure you are up to speed on the use of this tool to proactively address questions and concerns of your clients

Darrell Mast, Templeman LLP
Isaac Tang, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Understanding ESG and Legal Risks in Environmental Law

Join our panel as they discuss the latest developments in ESG and the interplay between environmental law and corporate governance. Our speakers will discuss, among other things, the emerging importance of OSC Disclosure Notice and potential risks of “greenwashing”.

Jennie Baek, McMillan LLP
Jessica Butts, MIPP, ESG Global Advisors
Natalia Back Gosende (Chair), Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
Dave Poole, P.Eng., CRM, Dillon Consulting

 

3:55PM

CLOSING REMARKS

Talia Gordner, McMillan LLP
Joanna Wice, City of Toronto

4:00PM DAY TWO CONCLUDES