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[2 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

On April 29, 2016, Donnelly Law represented WORA and SaveOro at the third prehearing conference for the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Inc. et al. temporary use by-law application.  Donnelly Law brought a motion requesting a prohibition order, amendments to the procedural order on the basis of procedural fairness, and the recusal of the Board Member.  The Orillia Packet & Times reported on the prehearing.
Read the news coverage here.

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[17 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

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 | No Comment | ]

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.

Environmental Law, Featured, Greenbelt, Land Use Planning Law »

[30 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

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 | No Comment | ]

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 | No Comment | ]

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 | No Comment | ]

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 | No Comment | ]

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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[5 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

On December 1, 2014, Minister Madeleine Meilleur reintroduced legislation to protect public participation and freedom of expression from SLAPP lawsuits, Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.  Bill 52, the Protection of Public Participation Act, is an important bill designed to prevent SLAPP suits, where deep-pocketed corporations and developers bring frivolous lawsuits against grassroots critics (often citizen’s groups and environmental groups) in order to intimidate and silence them.   Ontario’s previous Attorney General, the Honourable John Gerretsen, introduced a nearly identical bill in June 2013.
On introducing Bill 52 to the Legislative Assembly, Minister …

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …