Municipal Matters

Electronic Meetings and Proxy Voting

Bill 197 has received Royal Assent, but may be challenged

The COVID-19 pandemic has sped up innovation and change throughout the world, and the municipal sector is no exception. With social distancing guidelines and the technology that has been adapted to accommodate virtual meetings, municipalities have been operating according to new health and safety regulations and pursuant to their authorizing . . .

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July 29, 2020

Who Let the Dogs Out?

When Dogs Need to be on a Leash: Legal Considerations and Implications

Pet adoption has significantly increased during the Covid-19 pandemic and there are many new dog owners who may not be aware of their responsibilities when enjoying the outdoors with their pets.

Municipalities in the Simcoe County area tend to have similar by-laws which require a dog to be on a leash when off of private property, . . .

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July 22, 2020

LPAT hearing events cancelled to June 30, 2020

Update from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

The Government of Ontario passed an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This Order is retroactive to March 16, 2020, and will affect proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in the following ways:

• The Tribunal will not schedule any hearing events, including in-person, . . .

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March 24, 2020

LPAT COVID-19 POLICY

Tribunals Ontario is postponing all upcoming in-person hearings

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has released the following policies:

All appearance hearings that have been scheduled to commence or continue on or after Monday March 16th to Friday April 3rd will be adjourned and will be rescheduled at a later date.

All scheduled teleconference calls will proceed as scheduled.

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March 16, 2020

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