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[28 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

On January 27, 2014, the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) denied a planning application submitted by Mr. Peter Eliopoulos to allow a massive outdoor wedding/banquet facility in King Township in the Countryside Area of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (the “ORMCP”).  The decision was featured in the Toronto Star, with David Donnelly saying:
“Putting large-scale, car-dependent commercial activities in some of the most beautiful and natural country in southern Ontario would have been a big mistake,” said lawyer David Donnelly, who represented local residents at the OMB hearing. “If you believe …

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[11 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

Environmentalists cheer Oak Ridges Moraine decision
Rachel Mendelson
The Toronto Star
February 11, 2014
“Putting large-scale, car-dependent commercial activities in some of the most beautiful and natural country in southern Ontario would have been a big mistake,” said lawyer David Donnelly, who represented local residents at the OMB hearing. “If you believe that King Township is horse country and not paintball country, then this is a big decision for the Oak Ridges Moraine.”
Read the Toronto Star article on this victory achieved by Donnelly Law’s client the Stewards of the Moraine Inc., here.

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[28 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

On January 27, 2014, the Ontario Municipal Board (the “OMB”) issued its most recent decision involving lands in the protected Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Area in King Township (Case Number PL130137).  The hearing involved an Official Plan Amendment and zoning by-law application to rezone land in the Oak Ridges Moraine Countryside Area , to permit an outdoor banqueting facility, a children’s camp and related accessory uses.  Donnelly Law represented the Stewards of the Moraine Inc. (the “Stewards”), a party opposed to this application.
The OMB decision considers whether the proposal to use …

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[17 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]

On Friday, December 13, 2013, David Donnelly was interviewed by CBC Thunder Bay.  Residents and property owners outside Thunder Bay are asking Taranis Construction to reduce its operating hours and noise at a new gravel pit.
 
“In the north it seems to be open season on putting these pits in where in many cases either don’t belong, or the operators should be more responsive to local concerns,?” said David Donnelly, legal counsel for the Toronto-based Environmental Defence group.
 
Click here to listen to David’s interview with CBC Thunder Bay on action residents could take, …

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[10 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

Donnelly Law’s next hearing is set to begin November 25, 2013 in King Township.  Here is a bit of background, published in Environmental Defence’s Greenbelt Watch newsletter.
The Ontario Municipal Board is set to hear an important case regarding whether to allow future development on the Oak Ridges Moraine, beginning November 23, 2013. The hearing will take place in King Township, the site of a proposed 600-person outdoor banquet/event facility, bed and breakfast, and children’s camp for 200 campers. The proposal was unanimously rejected by King Township Council in August 2013. …

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[27 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

King residents oppose banquet facility on Oak Ridges Moraine
Rachel Mendelson
The Toronto Star 
August 25, 2013
“A controversial proposal to build a banquet facility on prime agricultural land on the Oak Ridges Moraine could test the limits of the protections in place for southern Ontario’s so-called “rain barrel.””
Read the Toronto Star article on this proposal, opposed by Donnelly Law’s client the Stewards of the Moraine Inc., here.

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[22 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

Stewards pleased Township on their side
Mark Pavilons for the King Weekly Sentinel
August 20, 2013
 
The Stewards of the Moraine Inc. are pleased with recommendations by King Township staff to refuse a bid for a rural banquet facility in the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Area.  Click here to read more about the Stewards of the Moraine’s reaction to the Township Planning Report in the latest edition of the King Weekly Sentinel.
 
 
 

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[12 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

By: Simon Martin
News Reporter, King Connection
Published on Friday August 09 2013
 
Donnelly Law clients vow to fight banquet hall proposed for lands on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Read the full article here: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4040057-king-township-group-fights-proposed-banquet-hall/

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[8 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

By: Rachel Mendleson
News Reporter, Toronto Star
Published on Thursday August 08 2013
 
Cindy Sutch, who lives amid the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, about 45 kilometres northeast of Oshawa, is a vocal advocate for the preservation of southern Ontario’s “rain barrel.”

And like most environmentalists, she also supports efforts to reduce the province’s reliance on fossil fuels.

But recently, a handful of wind energy projects proposed for the moraine have thrown this pair of ordinarily simpatico beliefs into conflict.
Read the full article here:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/08/05/environmentalists_split_on_green_energy_projects.html

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[3 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

Wind Energy Wins Against Wind Energy Opponents
Click on the link above to read a short article by Donnelly Law on appeals of wind farm renewable energy approvals alleging serious harm to human health.  This article is published in the May 2013 Bluffs Advocate (http://www.bluffsadvocate.ca/).