Submissions and Legislative Updates

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Provincial Government

Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review: Feedback on Proposed Revised Plans

  • October 31, 2016

The OBA appreciates the opportunity to make a submission on the Government’s Co-ordinated Land Us Planning Review, including the Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016, the Proposed Greenbelt Plan (2016), the Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016) and the Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan (2016)

Aboriginal Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Law Society of Ontario

Consultation on the Pathways Pilot Project Evaluation and Enhancements to Licensing Report

  • October 21, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Law Society of Upper Canada Professional Development and Competence Committee report to convocation dated September 22, 2016 addressing the Pathways Pilot Project Evaluation and Enhancements to Licensing.

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Legislative and Policy Update October 17 - 21

  • October 17, 2016

Much of the focus of debate this past week continued to be on issues related to the energy sector, including electricity rates, the sale of Hydro One, and the award made to Windstream Energy related to the 2011 ban of offshore wind power. By-elections have been announced in two ridings, and new provisions announced that will allow youth to pre-register as voters before turning 18.

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Legislative and Policy Update October 3 - 14

  • October 03, 2016

The past week was quiet, as MPPs were home for constituency break over Thanksgiving. Debate before the break focused on the government’s October 3rd release of un-audited public accounts, continued calls from the opposition for a halt of the sale of Hydro One and debate over electricity rates. The government announced its next steps in its review of the Ontario Municipal Board, with town hall meetings scheduled and a plan for new legislation by the spring.

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Legislative and Policy Update September 19 – 23

  • September 23, 2016

In a shortened week for the legislature, much of the focus of debate in the House was on electricity rates. At the mid-point of the government’s mandate, the Premier’s office ended the week with a release of new Ministers’ Mandate Letters, which set out key priorities and deliverables for each ministry.

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Legislative & Policy Update: The Second Session Begins

  • September 12, 2016

The Ontario Legislature resumed as expected on September 12th, 2016.

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Legislative and Policy Update: Summer Advocacy

  • July 12, 2016

While the Legislative Assembly is out of session until September, summer is prime time for the planning, research and consultation activities that will serve as the foundation for legislative and policy reforms proposed by the government in the fall. And, as expected, the summer of 2016 is looking to be a busy and exciting time to be a Member and participate in the policy and public affairs process with the OBA.

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Legislative and Policy Update: Summer Break at Queen's Park

  • June 22, 2016

The Ontario Legislature adjourned the spring meeting period on Thursday, June 9th, and will return for the Fall meeting period on September 12th, 2016.

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Provincial Government

Proposed Amendments to Planning Act Regulations and Proposed Transitional Regulation relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73)

  • April 15, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (the “Ministry”) on the proposed amendments to the existing regulations under the Planning Act relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) and the proposed new regulation to prescribe transitional provisions for Bill 73.

Municipal Law

Legislative and Policy Update April 4-7

  • April 08, 2016

The legislature was not sitting as part of the Easter break after constituency week. Queens Park was still very active with discussions around potential regulations governing political party fundraising activities. The premier indicated that there will be movement towards this prior to the next election.

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