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Municipal Matters

Municipal Wastewater Charges

What is reasonable?

Most municipalities calculate sewage rates based on water consumption. This is likely based on the idea that what goes in must come out, but that is not always the case. Not all of the water taken will enter the sewage system, like when it is used for activities such as watering lawns and gardens. On the other hand, other waste products enter . . .

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June 04, 2018

The New Toronto Local Appeal Body

Navigating the new legislative landscape

The Municipal Law team at Barriston is looking forward to our first case at the Toronto Local Appeal Body (“TLAB”) in mid-October. The TLAB was created on May 3rd, 2017 established by the City of Toronto Act to replace the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) in Toronto. The TLAB will hear minor variance and consent application appeals that were . . .

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July 27, 2017

Changes to the Greenbelt Plan

[Another] Legislative Update

The Greater Golden Horseshoe is experiencing tremendous pressure as the fastest growing region in North America. In response to the increasing growth and population, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 and Greenbelt Plan, 2017 on May 18th, 2017 which will update the current . . .

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June 19, 2017

HOW RECENT LAND TRANSFER TAX ACT CHANGES WILL IMPACT MUNICIPALITIES

Recent changes were made to the Land Transfer Tax Act (LTTA) by the provincial government for the purpose of gathering residential housing data and to collect the new Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST).

These changes now require all lawyers dealing with Ontario real estate transactions in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to ensure that . . .

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May 24, 2017

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