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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. …
‘Social impacts’ must be considered when quarry application filed
October 24, 2013
North Dumfries council should do more to protect residents from the adverse effects of quarrying. That was the main message from environmental lawyer David Donnelly at a public presentation Tuesday on behalf of the Concerned Residents of North Dumfries (CRAND).
The group was started by eight residents who filed an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in October, 2012, following council’s approval of an application by Preston Sand and Gravel for the Henning Pit, situated at the corner …
King residents oppose banquet facility on Oak Ridges Moraine
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.
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.
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/
By Matthew Strader
News Reporter, Caledon Enterprise
Published on Monday August 5, 2013
Another group of local residents is looking to take legal action after a Minister’s Zoning Order was given to allow construction for a 180-acre Canadian Tire distribution warehouse in Bolton.
MPP for Brampton Springdale Linda Jeffrey granted a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) on July 18 for the development as requested by Caledon’s council after they approved the application earlier in the month.
On July 24, David Donnelly, of Donnelly Law Barrister and Solicitor, submitted a letter to Minister Jeffrey advising her that he …
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.
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On June 4, 2013, the Ontario government will introduce legislation to better protect freedom of speech with an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) bill. David Donnelly has been advocating for this legislation since 2007. In 2008, he was named NOW Magazine’s Best Green Activist for his work on smart growth and anti-SLAPP advocacy.
Commenting on the concern from developers that anti-SLAPP legislation could restrict developers’ claims against libellous claims, David says “In Southern Ontario, to say that developers need protection from environmentalists is to say that David should have been deprived of …
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/).
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 …