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[25 May 2016 | Comments Off on Lengthy opening day at Burl’s Creek OMB climaxes with tense cross examination | ]

On Tuesday May 24, 2016 the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing on the temporary use by-law application for Burl’s Creek Event Grounds begun.
The hearing began with Burl’s Creek calling Mr. Henry Regelink, an Oro-Medonte farmer, Sgt. Guiseppe Pileggi, an OPP Officer summonsed by Burl’s Creek, a brief introduction by Mr. Darren Vella, a land-use planner for Burl’s Creek, and Mr. Peter Thoma, a land economist and market expert.
Most notably, Mr. Thoma had told the board it was not reasonable to put the Wayhome and Boots & Hearts festivals anywhere else …

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[17 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on Private Prosecution of Republic Live Continues | ]

Donnelly Law represents a private informant in a private prosecution, now against Republic Live Inc. only, for charges related to the WayHome Music and Arts Festival and Boots and Hearts Music Festival.  We appeared in court on Monday, March 14, 2016.  Read the Orillia Packet and Times article here.
The next scheduled court appearance is April 11, 2016.

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[15 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on Donnelly Law Begins Private Prosecution of Burls’ Creek and Republic Live | ]

Four charges have been laid against  each Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Inc., Republic Live Inc. and related companies alleging illegal use of Agricultural/Rural lands for the 2015 WayHome and Boots & Hearts Festivals.  David Donnelly is acting as the prosecutor on behalf of a private informant, a Director of SaveOro.
February 10, 2016 was the first appearance for the companies charged.  Read the Orillia Packet article here.
We will be back in court in mid-March 2016.

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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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[15 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on Donnelly Law Client: SaveOro and West Oro Ratepayers’ Association | ]

On Tuesday, July 14, Oro-Medonte Council denied Burl’s Creek Event Grounds’ special event permit application to allow camping and parking on mostly prime agricultural land.  Council did, however, issue a special event permit for the 92-acre concert site.
David attended a rally against the special event, organized by SaveOro, reminding residents the proposed special events on prime agricultural land are illegal.
Read more here:

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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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[28 Mar 2015 | Comments Off on David Donnelly on Anti-SLAPP Bill 52 Controversy | ]

Bill 52, the Protection of Public Participation Act, was debated at Queen’s Park again this week. Bill 52 is designed to prevent SLAPP suits (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation), where deep-pocketed corporations bring frivolous lawsuits against grassroots critics (often citizen’s groups and environmental groups) in order to intimidate and silence them.
MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramalea-Gore-Malton) began the debate, commenting:
“It’s my pleasure to continue debate on this important piece of legislation. What I discussed earlier was how important this bill was in terms of protecting public participation. It’s, again, a hallmark of …

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[5 Feb 2015 | Comments Off on Donnelly Law Comments on Ontario’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessments | ]

On January 23, 2015, Donnelly Law submitted comments to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) suggesting how to improve the environmental assessment process for municipal infrastructure works, known as the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (“MCEA”).   The MCEA is a critical document that establishes a planning and approval process for a wide range of municipal infrastructure works e.g.  road widenings, bridge replacements, water and sewage works, etc.
In summary, Donnelly Law’s recommendations are:

Require all Class EAs to consider climate change. From the evaluation of preferred alternatives to the later …

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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 …