The ability of the Ontario public to have their voices heard in decisions that affect their community is a fundamental feature of democratic societies. The province’s latest omnibus Bill, 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, threatens this right in the environmental and land-use decision-making process.
The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations (FOTTSA), represented by CELA lawyers, leave to appeal a Permit to Take Water issued by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks under the Ontario Water Resources Act. The Permit concerns aggregate washing for a gravel pit operation in Tiny Township, Simcoe County.
CELA has prepared an analysis of Schedules 6 and 10 of Ontario Bill 245, which proposes various reforms to the province's administrative law framework for adjudicating environmental and land use planning appeals. Download CELA's full brief here: CELA-Brief-Bill 245-March 2,…
Application filed with the Environmental Review Tribunal.
CELA Counsel Joe Castrilli blogs about proposed amendments to the MECP Statement of Environmental Values that fail to address long-standing problems with a document envisioned as a key pillar in ensuring environmental protection and governmental accountability under Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights.
CELA articling student Krystal-Anne Roussel blogs about CELA's legacy of precedent-setting litigation victories, and some of our current cases.