04: Municipal Law (Chris Barnett) - April 1, 2015

On episode 4 of Lawyered, we’re chatting with the 2015 Municipal Lawyer of the year, Chris Barnett.

Topics include: the Elliot Lake mall collapse, Ontario’s 10-year review of provincial land plans, and how one farmer sued his town for over $100,000.

Full Episode (29:38) DOWNLOAD


1. When Malls Collapse (10:15) DOWNLOAD
Report of Elliot Lake Inquiry


2. 10-Year Reviews: What’s the Plan? (11:10) DOWNLOAD
Land Use Planning Review, Min. of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Niagara Escarpment Plan>
Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
Greenbelt Plan


3. Salt in the Wound: Municipal Liability (10:33) DOWNLOAD
Steadman v. Lambton (County) 2015 ONSC 101


About the Guest:

Chris Barnett is a partner at DLA Piper (formerly Davis LLP) and is the head of the Toronto office’s Municipal and Land Use Planning practice.
He specializes in providing clients in both the public and private sectors with strategic advice on co-ordinating and addressing the various levels of approvals required for complex projects. He appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board and municipal councils, and has appeared before Environmental Review Tribunal and all levels of courts in Ontario.

Chris is the Chair of the Municipal Law Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association and was selected as the 2015 Municipal Law Best Lawyer of the Year (Toronto) by the Best Lawyers in Canada.



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