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Dissolution of Ontario Municipal Board step backward, environmental lawyers say

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:28 AM | By Amanda Jerome

Ontario has passed new legislation that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with a tribunal it purports will improve the speed, fairness and affordability of land use hearings throughout the province.

While the government is extolling the benefits of the Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, passed on Dec. 12, environmental lawyers are raising concerns.

Richard Lindgren, Canadian Environmental Law Association“There’s one component of the bill that we [the Canadian Environmental Law Association] did support and that is the set of...