Proposed Changes to OMB Format will Empower Local Decision-making

In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). After a six-month consultation process, changes unveiled by Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro last month are expected to limit appeals of official plans, allow density… Continue reading

New Legislation for Invasive Plant Management in Ontario

The Invasive Species Act will come into effect on November 3rd, but the regulations associated with this legislation which have not yet been made public, will not take effect until a later date. Kellie Sherman, Coordinator, Ontario Invasive Plant Council joined the October 17th Council meeting to outline the growing… Continue reading

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Energy Procurement

Tuesday the Ministry of Energy announced a decision that will begin to reduce electricity costs for consumers as it suspended the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind, hydroelectric, bioenergy and… Continue reading

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Week

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Week Last week Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale announced May 1st begins Canada’s 21st annual Emergency Preparedness Week, with the theme “Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.” This is a collaborative government initiative where provincial, territorial and federal emergency management organizations to… Continue reading