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  • 16 Jan 2021 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    Head to APA's Covid-19 tab to find information and quick links about:

    - the province's Stay-at-Home order

    - the new Small Business Grant

    - compliance and enforcement of the Stay-at-Home order

  • 21 Dec 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Province of Ontario will switch to shutdown procedures on December 26th.  Details can be found at news.ontario.ca, and other covid-19 related news and information relevant to our profession can be found in one place at APA's Covid-19 tab for members.

  • 17 Dec 2020 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    A little lighthearted news from the Province today...

    Statement

    Ontario Declares Santa Claus an Essential Service

    December 17, 2020

    Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement on Santa Claus' annual delivery of gifts:

    "As children across Ontario count down the days to Christmas with excitement, I want to reassure all the boys and girls out there that Santa is still coming this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    As Premier, I have officially designated Santa Claus as an essential service provider and authorized to deliver toys, treats and good cheer to the children of Ontario. I have also designated the Elves' Toy Workshop as an essential manufacturing business and authorized to supply Santa Claus with toys and gifts. Finally, Santa's Reindeer, including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, are proclaimed essential transportation service providers and permitted to pull Santa's sleigh across every part of Ontario.

    Santa and his reindeer have one of the most essential jobs of all, delivering toys to all the good children in Ontario and around the world every Christmas Eve. While this Christmas is different than any other, Santa is taking every safety precaution necessary and will continue to make his rounds.

    I would like to thank Santa Claus, the elves, reindeer and all of Ontario's essential workers this holiday season. From nurses to construction workers, personal care workers to grocery store clerks and so many other essential workers, we are grateful for the hard work you have done all year long.  

    From my family to yours, I want to wish everyone a healthy and safe Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!"

     
     
     
     
     

    CONTACTS

    Ivana Yelich
    Premier’s Office
    Ivana.Yelich@ontario.ca

    Office of the Premier
    http://www.ontario.ca/premier


  • 16 Dec 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    Given that a large number of as yet unknown and potentially undisturbed archaeological resources lay protected on Conservation Lands, this news seems promising.  Keep an eye out for calls for Public Consultation in 2021 so that we can increase awareness for the protection of cultural resources on public lands.

    - Cathy Crinnion, APA Administrative Secretary

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    News Release

    Ontario Announces Working Group to Better Focus Conservation Authorities

    December 16, 2020

    Input will lead to improved conservation and protection of the province’s water, land and natural resources

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is creating a working group to help implement changes to conservation authorities. Hassaan Basit, President and CEO of Conservation Halton will chair the new group which will provide input on the development of proposed regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act, and on how conservation authorities are governed.

    "As we move forward together, we want to build stronger relationships with conservation authorities so we can work together to ensure consistent best practices, good governance and appropriate accountability to best serve the people of Ontario," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "I'd like to thank Hassaan Basit for the discussions over the last few weeks which helped inform some recent amendments to the legislative changes to ensure conservation authorities have the tools they need to protect their communities. I look forward to continuing our positive and constructive dialogue towards our shared goals."

    As part of the government's commitment to ensuring conservation authorities focus and deliver on their core mandate of protecting people and property from flooding and other natural hazards and conserving natural resources, the province introduced legislative changes through Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, 2020, which received Royal Assent on December 8, 2020. Amendments were made to the Bill based on valuable feedback from stakeholder groups, including conservation authorities.

    The new working group will include representatives from conservation authorities and other experts. Representatives of the working group will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Once they begin work in January, the working group will provide input to help the province develop regulations that will focus on:

    • The mandatory core programs and services conservation authorities would be required to provide,
    • The agreements between municipalities and conservation authorities and the transition period associated with non-mandatory programs and services, and
    • How local members of the community can participate in their conservation authorities through community advisory boards.

    "Partnerships and collaboration are critical to ensure that conservation authorities can continue making watershed-based resource management decisions in the interest of the environment, health, and safety," said Hassaan Basit, President and CEO, Conservation Halton. "Alongside conservation authorities across Ontario, Conservation Halton is looking forward to working with the province, offering scientific expertise and leadership, in the development of regulations pertaining to recent amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act contained in Bill 229."

    In addition to the input provided by Hassaan Basit and the working group, Ontario will also be seeking the public's feedback on regulatory and governance proposals through the Environmental Registry. Public consultation on these proposals is also expected to begin early in the new year.

     

    QUICK FACTS

    • The Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, 2020 included amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act such as:
      • Enabling officers appointed by conservation authorities to issue stop work orders, defined in a way that is consistent with entry powers without warrants. This will help ensure conservation authorities have effective enforcement tools in place to stop significant threats and impacts to the environment.
      • Requiring 70 per cent of members appointed to a conservation authority by a participating municipality be members of council, as well as allowing the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to provide an exception from this rule at the request of a municipality.
      • Allowing conservation authorities to appeal or be party to an appeal as a public body, under certain provisions of the Planning Act in the context of prescribed natural hazards matters.
    • Ontario is served by 36 conservation authorities.
    • The Ontario government recently announced a $30 million investment in a new Wetlands Conservation Partner Program to help conservation organizations create and restore wetlands in priority areas across the province.
     


  • 27 Nov 2020 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    'The Draper Site, an Ontario Woodland Tradition Frontier Coalescent Village in Southern Ontario, Canada: Looking Back, Moving Forward' by Dr. Bill Finlayson (2020, Our Lands Speak - Occasional Papers in Ontario Archaeology No.2).

    Check it out at our Online Store and check out Bill's Blog at BillFinlayson.ca!


  • 21 Nov 2020 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    "Based on the latest data, the following public health unit regions will move from their current level in the framework to the following levels effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:

    • Red-Control
      • Durham Region Health Department; and
      • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.
    • Orange-Restrict
      • Huron Perth Public Health;
      • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit;
      • Southwestern Public Health; and
      • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
    • Yellow-Protect
      • Chatham-Kent Public Health;
      • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
      • Grey Bruce Health Unit;
      • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
      • Peterborough Public Health; and
      • Thunder Bay District Health Unit."

    For more related info, log in and visit APA's Covid-19 tab or head to the Government of Ontario's Newsroom.

  • 04 Nov 2020 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    A timely discussion about treaties published today in firstpeopleslaw.com:

    Treaty Implementation: The Crown’s Ongoing Failure

    By Kate Gunn

    This fall has been marked with acts of violence and intimidation by non-Indigenous commercial fishers against members of the Mi’kmaq Nation in Nova Scotia seeking to carry out their treaty right to fish.

    These actions, and the accompanying inaction on the part of law enforcement officials, are a stark reminder that racism remains a persistent part of Canadian society. 

    They also point to another significant barrier to the processes of decolonization and reconciliation – the ongoing failure of the federal and provincial governments in Canada to uphold and implement treaties between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown. 

    In this post, we examine current developments in relation to treaty rights and their implications for Indigenous Peoples. 

    Why are Treaty rights important? ...

    ..........

    Read the full article at:

    https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com

    About the author:

    Kate Gunn is a lawyer at First Peoples Law Corporation. Kate completed her Master's of Law at the University of British Columbia. Her most recent academic essay, "Agreeing to Share: Treaty 3, History & the Courts," was published in the UBC Law Review.


  • 16 Oct 2020 8:32 PM | Anonymous

    York Region now joins Ottawa, Peel and Toronto in a Modified Stage 2, with additional health measures to stop the spread and contain the Second Wave of Covid-19.  Read more in APA's Covid-19 info tab.

  • 15 Jul 2020 8:02 AM | Anonymous

    "The Ontario government has announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators."

    For the full list of affected regions and additional details, read more in the Covid-19 info tab.

  • 07 Jul 2020 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Mandatory wearing of masks in public indoor spaces is mandatory (with some exceptions) as of today in Toronto, elsewhere in the GTA likely in the coming days.  Read more, full link to article here.

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