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[14 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on First Nation and Residents United in Opposition to Development | ]

September 13, 2016 marked Day 1 of a four-week hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board. Donnelly Law represents Curve Lake First Nation and the Friends of the Fraser Wetlands Inc. (“FFW”).
Curve Lake First Nation and FFW are united in their opposition to the proposed development on the 200+ hectare property near Burleigh Falls, which is connected to the Teaching Rocks (Petroglyphs Provincial Park), an international sacred site.
A first: the OMB will move on to the Curve Lake First Nation for evidence from Elders and a professor of cultural landscapes/archaeology from …

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[30 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on David Donnelly Speaks at Simcoe County Greenbelt Townhall | ]

David Donnelly was invited to speak at a meeting sponsored by the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and AWARE Simcoe, along with Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, Liberal Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth, Conservative MPs John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil) and Alex Nuttall (Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte), and Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.
Lawyer David Donnelly noted that, according to land economists at the provincial Ministry of Municipal and Housing, Ontario has designated enough land to accommodate its projected employment and residential needs until 2041.
“There is no danger of running out of developable land,” Donnelly said. So the logical conclusion …

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[26 May 2015 | Comments Off on Donnelly Law Client Featured in Radio Canada Story | ]

Donnelly Law represents Ms Gillian Evans and Mr. David Toyne, residents of Upper Cold Creek in Vaughan, Ontario.  On May 22, 2015, Radio Canada covered Ms Evans and Mr. Toyne’s appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board, where they are seeking an appropriate buffer to protect the ongoing operation of their multi-generation family farm from residential development adjacent to the farm.
Read about it and watch the video here.

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[2 Dec 2014 | Comments Off on Greenbelting Halifax: One Step Closer to Reality | ]

On November 17, 2014, Halifax Regional Municipality (“HRM”) issued a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for a qualified firm to “go beyond the conventional parks planning approach” to develop HRM’s Greenbelting and Open Spaces Priorities Plan.  Donnelly Law will review the Greenbelting RFP to ensure HRM Staff is ambitious with its plan to protect and connect HRM’s natural heritage, cultural landscapes, open spaces, and agricultural lands.
Our HRM Alliance, a group of organizations from the Halifax area, envisions a Greenbelt that establishes a permanent development boundary around Halifax to control sprawl, reduce …

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[10 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on Private Member’s Bill to Repeal the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act Defeated on Second Reading | ]

On October 21, 2014, MPP Jack MacLaren (Carleton-Mississippi Mills) introduced Bill 32, the Bob Mackie Act¸ 2014, into the Ontario Legislature.  The purpose of Bill 32 is to repeal Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (“NEPDA”).  The NEPDA was passed in 1973 by the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Bill Davis.  The Niagara Escarpment Plan (“NEP”) was approved by Premier Frank Miller’s (Progressive Conservative) Cabinet on June 12, 1985.
The NEPDA and NEP “provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity substantially as a natural …

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[24 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Escarpment Blues: Legal Battle to Stop a Massive Quarry Continues | ]

David Donnelly comments on the precedent-setting case to be argued tomorrow to ensure the Niagara Escarpment is protected.  Read it here: http://environmentaldefence.ca/blog/escarpment-blues-legal-battle-stop-massive-quarry-continues

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[19 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Internationally Significant Skandatut Site Saved | ]

New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History
June 6, 2012
Vaughan, ON – Vaughan City Council voted unanimously last night to accept a deal to save Skandatut, an internationally significant cultural heritage site in the Greenbelt, on the historic Hu
mber River in Vaughan, Ontario.
The 6 acre village site will be transferred to public ownership, and will be buffered from new development by a 2.5 acre park. The site is surrounded by a river valley and conservation land on three sides.
At the council debate, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua …