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[27 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Inc. (“Burl’s Creek”), Republic Live Inc., and four other companies were each charged with four offences for the 2016 concert season. This is the second year in a row Burl’s Creek has been charged for using Agricultural/Rural land for non-permitted uses. Burl’s Creek, Republic Live Inc. and the others will be back in Orillia Provincial Court May 8, 2017 after the first appearance on March 8, 2017.
Burl’s Creek et al. each face zoning and licensing charges for the Wayhome Festival and Boots and Hearts Festivals.
You can …

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[22 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

** Éloge funèbre **
L’héritage de Heather Bastien dans le territoire traditionnel des Hurons-Wendats
Une grande amie pour nous tous et une aînée remarquable, Mme Heather Bastien, est décédée la semaine dernière. L’Ontario a perdu l’un de ses plus grands champions du patrimoine culturel autochtone.
Après des décennies de négligence et de destruction résultant du développement urbain dans le sud de l’Ontario, les efforts que Heather a déployés, avec Luc Lainé, un conseiller juridique et quelques archéologues dévoués ont eu pour effet de protéger des douzaines d’importants villages et de lieux de …

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[21 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

** Eulogy **
Heather Bastien’s Legacy in the Traditional Territory
of the Huron-Wendat
A great friend and Elder to all of us, Mme Heather Bastien, passed away last week. Canada lost one of its greatest Aboriginal cultural heritage champions.
Together with Luc Laine, legal counsel and a few dedicated archaeologists, Heather’s efforts resulted in the protection of dozens of significant Huron-Wendat villages and burials, after decades of neglect and destruction by urban development in southern Ontario, the Traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat.
In addition, four laws in the province of Ontario were reformed as …

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[16 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

The Burl’s Creek hearing wrapped up on January 19, 2017. The Orillia Packet and Times published an article on all parties’ closing submissions: http://www.orilliapacket.com/2017/02/16/closing-arguments-submitted-in-omb-hearing

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[19 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

David was recently invited to Halifax to speak about greenbelting Halifax.
Condemning mushrooming suburban growth as a “great failed experiment,” Toronto-based attorney David Donnelly is joining forces with the Our HRM Alliance to push for a full-on greenbelt around Halifax.
Our HRM Alliance says that a greenbelt would both preserve local ecosystems and redirect growth to downtown cores, suburban main streets and rural areas across Halifax Regional Municipality.
“The planner in me says: get the true cost-accounting of urban sprawl and then your decision is easy. Let people live downtown and …

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

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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[2 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

On the sixth day of the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing regarding the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds the OMB heard the opinions of both Mr. Arthur Churchyard, a policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (“OMAFRA”), and Dr. Peter Tomlinson regarding the temporary use by-law proposed for Burl’s Creek and the economic impact of the events happening there.
Mr. Churchyard’s analysis focused at length on Section 2.3.6 of the Provincial Policy Statement, which lays out a number of tests any proposal would need to meet to get …

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[1 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Week two of the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing regarding the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds opened with the testimony of three lay witnesses called to testify by SaveOro and West Oro Ratepayers’ Association (“WORA”).
The lay witnesses were followed by John Coulter, an acoustical engineer for SaveOro and WORA.
Read the news coverage here.

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[28 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

Despite assurances and best intentions, the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) hearing into the temporary zoning by-law proposed by Burl’s Creek Event Grounds ended its first week of testimony far away from a resolution.
Darren Vella, founder of Innovative Planning Services and the land-use planner retained by Burl’s Creek, resumed his testimony to close out the Burl’s Creek case. His testimony was designed to tie together the evidence given by the proponent’s other expert witnesses.
It was assumed Vella would be cross-examined Friday as well, bringing a close to the Burl’s Creek case. …

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[27 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

Numerous stakeholders got their chance to officially tell the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) just how they feel about the proposed temporary use by-law for Burl’s Creek Event Grounds Wednesday night.
Participant statements were heard by the board at the conclusion of a marathon session Wednesday, which lasted approximately 12 hours, including lunch and dinner breaks.
Read the news coverage here.