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[1 May 2013 | Comments Off on Niagara Escarpment quarry fight before judicial review | ]

By: Rachel Mendleson News reporter, Published on Wed May 01 2013
Environmentalists are anxiously awaiting a potentially precedent-setting verdict in a fierce conflict over a proposed quarry on protected Niagara Escarpment lands south of Collingwood, not far from the picturesque Blue Mountains.

The case, which began with Walker Industries’ initial application nearly a decade ago, is now before a judicial review, with a decision expected in the coming months. If approved, some warn it will tip the balance toward those who wish to exploit the riches of the escarpment — and undermine the protections put …

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[17 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on Anti-SLAPP Bill launched in Ontario: A Big Step Forward for Democratic Rights in the Province | ]

 Toronto – Today, environmental groups applauded a proposed new law that would allow Ontario citizens to speak out to protect the environment and their health without fear of damaging lawsuits meant to intimidate them. Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, today tabled a private member’s bill – the Protection of Public Participation Act – that targets Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs). SLAPPs are civil suits of dubious merit, generally intended to censor, intimidate or silence critics and prevent individuals from voicing concerns about public interest issues. …

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[4 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Black Out Speak Out: Take Action | ]


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[1 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on SHELLSHOCKED: Canadian Premiere hosted by Donnelly Law and Rodney’s Oyster House | ]

For Immediate Release:  March 26, 2012
Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves Canadian Premiere on April 16 at Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto: Filmmaker and environmental experts discuss the importance of protecting North American waterways and oyster culture
Toronto, ON – On the heels of its successful U.S. debut, the Canadian premiere of Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves will take place at Rodney’s Oyster House on April 16th 2012 at 6:00PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Emily Driscoll, and environmentalist and prominent Oysterman Rodney T. …

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[28 Feb 2012 | Comments Off on Environment Defence Weighs in on MNR Refusal to Disclose Material to PERL | ]

On February 28, 2012, Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence wrote a strong letter to Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Michael Gravelle, demanding the release of relevant MNR information about the Nelson Aggregate Co. proposed Adaptive Management Plan as it relates to the Harmer property.
The required information is about an MNR decision that pertains almost exclusively to the Harmer property, not Nelson’s. As Dr. Smith wrote, “[t]o withhold information vital to PERL’s interest, while allowing complete access to Nelson, is unfair and contrary to the principles of …

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[31 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on Ontario’s Growth Plan Amendment for Simcoe County? #Fail | ]

Huffington Post, Politics, January 31, 2012
Co-authored by Claire Malcolmson and David Donnelly
There are new rules for growth in Simcoe County. On January 19 the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure enacted Amendment #1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, also known as the Simcoe Sub-area Amendment. The Amendment is hailed as awin for developers and the County, and signals that the province has tired of trying to curb Simcoe’s taste for rapid, uncoordinated growth of low-density bedroom communities.
Lying just north of Southern Ontario’s Greenbelt, Simcoe County faces massive growth pressures fuelled by developers’ land speculation, …

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[18 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on GGH Growth Plan Amendment 1 Release Anticipated | ]

Novae Res Urbis, Vol. 15, No.3, GTA Edition
By Kristine Janzen
Simcoe area planning and development stakeholders are anticipating the release of Amendment 1 to the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe tomorrow by infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli. The technical briefing and luncheon is to take place at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre.
The proposed amendment was released by the province in October 2010. It focused on identifying urban nodes in Simcoe County and in Barrie and Orillia where growth and intensifi cation should be directed. The amendment established population and employment growth allocations for nodes and other serviced …

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[29 Nov 2011 | Comments Off on La Nation Huronne Wendat et l’Université de Toronto Signent un Protocole d’Entente Visant le Rapatriement d’Ossements Humains et d’Artéfacts Ancestraux Provenant de l’Ontario | ]

Wendake, le 29 novembre 2011 — Le Grand Chef Konrad Sioui, au nom de la Nation Huronne­ Wendat a signé aujourd’hui, avec l’Université de Toronto, un protocole d’entente assurant le rapatriement de restes squelettiques humains et d’artéfacts provenant de sites archéologiques en Ontario.

Seated, L-R: Prof. Cheryl Regehr (Vice-Provost, Academic Programs), Mme. Heather Bastien (Chargée de projet), Grand Chief Konrad Sioui. Standing, L-R: Steve Moate (Legal Counsel, U of T); Prof. Meric Gertler (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science); Prof. Amy Mullin (Dean of the University of Toronto Mississauga); …

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[23 Nov 2011 | Comments Off on Ethan Hawke Joins Fight to Protect Gulf of St. Lawrence from Oil and Gas Drilling | ]

November 23, 2011 – The battle to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development received a major boost this week when American actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke benevolently lent his support to the cause. Mr. Hawke, a landowner along the Gulf in Nova Scotia, was approached by coastal landowners, fishermen, Mi’kmaq leaders and concerned citizens who felt their voices were not being heard. Mr. Hawke joins a growing list of celebrities including Dr. David Suzuki, author Farley Mowat, actor and director Jason Priestley, and music …

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[9 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on Studying old bones — preservation or perversion? | ]

Mary Ormsby, Feature Writer, Toronto Star
A cross-border battle is brewing over 500-year-old bones belonging to some of Ontario’s original inhabitants — a case descendents describe as academic grave robbing.
The Huron-Wendat Nation is demanding that Louisiana State University return the “stolen” remains of about 200 people. They say researchers improperly gathered the bones from an Ontario ossuary to use for unauthorized student research.
“It’s a feeling of loss — and I get angry a little bit too because (remains) have no business being in universities or museums,” says retired translator Heather Bastien …