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Policy, Not Law: The Divisional Court Discusses the Clergy Principle

  • July 03, 2021
  • Denise Baker and Lia Boritz

On May 5, 2021, the Ontario Divisional Court released its decision in Masters v Claremont Development Corporation, which discusses the Clergy principle, as well as the jurisdiction of the Divisional Court to review decisions of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”).

Municipal Law, Student Forum

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Consultation on Environmental Compliance and Development Guidelines

  • July 03, 2021
  • Aaron Kurts, Katarzyna Sliwa, Leighton Zink, Dentons

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is consulting on four new initiatives, including new guidelines and measures aimed at ensuring compliance with key environmental laws relevant to the development industry. These laws and initiatives are applicable to the land use planning process, affecting municipal decision-making, development guidelines and penalties for non-compliance. The four initiatives are summarized, and their impact analyzed, in this article.

Municipal Law, Student Forum

Our Daughters are Listening: A Review of Recent Literature Related to the Rise of Anonymous Abuse of Female Politicians Online

  • April 15, 2021
  • Louise Vrebosch

A great deal has been written, particularly since the recent U.S. Congressional campaign, studying the increasing predominance and impact of harmful language directed towards female candidates and politicians on social media platforms. Although few female politicians could discount the benefits of using social media to connect with and mobilize their constituency, the impacts of online sexism, harassment and threats disproportionately targeted at female politicians online is undeniable.

Women Lawyers Forum, Municipal Law, Student Forum

Bill 245 Proposes Sweeping Changes to Expropriation in Ontario

  • March 24, 2021
  • Robert Miller and Grace O’Brien, Davies Howe LLP

On February 16, 2021, Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, was introduced by the Ontario government to “improve access to justice for people across the system. If enacted, Bill 245 will make the most sweeping changes to the expropriation process in Ontario in a generation. This article considers the impact of the major proposed changes.

Municipal Law, Student Forum

Conservation Authorities Legislative Update

  • December 17, 2020
  • Jonathan Nehmetallah, Gardiner Roberts LLP

This article offers a review of recent amendments to legislation regarding Conservation Authorities.

Municipal Law, Student Forum