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Municipal Matters

Giving Residents a Say

As published in the May, 2016 Issue of Municipal World

Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015, has been an item of much discussion over the past year in the planning and development community. One of the main thrusts of the legislative change is an emphasis on civic engagement and an attempt to achieve more meaningful participation from the public. I wrote an article on the Bill 73 . . .

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May 09, 2016

Councillor Records and MFIPPA

The Information and Privacy Commissioner releases a fact sheet

Because the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) decides matters of access to records held by municipalities, an issue often arises when the records requested are those belonging to a municipally-elected councillor, pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“MFIPPA”). Perhaps the “records . . .

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April 25, 2016

Local corner stores indicative of solid neighbourhoods?

Changes in Vancouver may be something to consider in Ontario

Most people probably have memories of growing up with a local corner store. You know, the place that the kids could run to with their friends for popsicles, where you could grab milk on the way home from work, and where neighbours would bump into each other on weekend mornings picking up the paper. In 2013, the Globe and Mail published an . . .

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April 17, 2016

The Dirt on Commercial Fill Operations and Site Alteration By-laws

Issues with commercial fill operations are beginning to pop up with increasing frequency, particularly for those municipalities within the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. A commercial fill operation is generally recognized as being the placing or dumping of fill for renumeration or some other form of consideration. Each year, development . . .

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March 31, 2016

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act

(MFIPPA)

Acronyms, an idiosyncrasy which is sure to set a professional group apart from the rest, we municipal law lawyers are no exception! Today we will discuss the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (MFIPPA).

MFIPPA requires that a municipal institution protect the privacy of an individual’s personal information existing . . .

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March 18, 2016

Ontario awards 16 new renewable energy contracts

LRP I Contracts Offered on March 10, 2016

Today the province announced the awarding of large renewable energy contracts in the following municipalities:

Prince Edward County (solar);
Township of Selwyn (and Municipality of Trent Lakes) (three waterpower);
Township of Stone Mills (solar);
Township of South Stormont and City of Cornwall (solar);
Township of Alfred and Plantagenet . . .

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March 10, 2016

Urban agriculture: what is it?

And how do we encourage (or should we be encouraging) these opportunities?

As Ontario continues to experience development pressures in areas that were historically used for agricultural purposes, many municipalities are implementing creative solutions to increase access to agricultural opportunities. For example, “urban agriculture” is a term that is being written into many municipal bylaws and zoning bylaws, as a . . .

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March 09, 2016

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