FoNTRA supports Bill 52 – anti-SLAPP legislation

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We are writing in support of Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2014 which you introduced in the Ontario Legislature on December 1, 2014. The Bill, which is substantively the same as former Bill 83, was debated for Second Reading on December 10, 2014, and received supportive comments from members of all Parties at that time.

Bill 52 provides an effective response to the problem of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) in Ontario and would prevent the misuse of the courts from SLAPP suits without depriving anyone of appropriate remedies for expression that causes significant harm. It reflects the recommendations of the Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel that was established four years ago to provide advice on the content of legislation to target SLAPPs.

Capital Region Citizens’ Coalition for the Protection of the Environment Presentation (2014)

CRCCPE presentation to FUN

A presentation made at the 2014 FUN AGM by the Capital Region Citizens’ Coalition for the Environment regarding the proposed Taggart-Miller dump.

The proposed project is not needed, is in a high-­risk location, and is being forced on an unwilling host community – we do not want Taggart-­Miller’s dump (being built for the sole benefit of a private company – at the risk of the local community and the environment)

Response from Minister Jeffrey re: OMB

Thank you for your letter of May 16, 2013, in which you provided me with the Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods’ recommendations regarding the Ontario Municipal Board. I also note the Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods’ support of the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Association’s recommendations regarding the planning system.

I appreciate that the recommendations in your letter are based on the collective experience of a number of residents’ associations. I also note that the recommendations, along with those from the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Association, cover a range of matters from how planning matters are dealt with before an appeal is made, to funding issues and the Board process.

Letter to Minister Jeffrey re: OMB

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc., on behalf of its Member Associations and their affiliates, makes the following recommendations regarding the Ontario Municipal Board based upon a survey of urban resident associations:

1. The OMB should be restricted in its powers so that it could only hear an appeal of a development decision by a municipality on the basis that the municipality has contravened federal or provincial legislation, the Provincial Planning Document and/or its Official Plan…

Queen’s Park Report – April 2013

It is time for the Ontario Government to amend both the Municipal Elections Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario has written to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to ask for immediate action on amending these two Acts.

Letter to Premier Wynne re: Municipal Elections Act & Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc. requests that your government take immediate action to amend the Municipal Elections Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to address our concerns about the abuses of, deficiencies in and lack of enforcement of the current Acts.

We would also highlight our strong concern that the Municipal Elections Act be amended to prohibit contributions by corporations and trade unions to municipal candidates.

Queen’s Park Update – Spring 2012

Queens Park Update is a periodic publication of FUN. In this Spring 2012 Edition, we highlight several issues of interest to residents’ associations and citizens:

The Ontario Municipal Board
Five Year Review of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005
Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
Protecting Heritage Views of Queen’s Park, and Preserving the Dignity of Ontario’s Capital Precinct
Election Financing Reform
Private member’s bill requiring paved shoulders
Mega-Quarry in Dufferin County and Review of the Aggregates Act

F.U.N. AGM: May 12 in Markham

Our AGM is being held this year in the Town of Markham on May 12.  For AGM details go to AGM details. We are also excited to announce the Moving Forward Forum which is being held in conjunction with the AGM and in partnership with other grassroots associations. The details of this Forum will be … Read more

F.U.N. Member News Winter 2012 now available

Some of the highlights in our latest news release: – F.U.N. AGM and Transportation Forum coming to Markham on May 12, 2012 – Mississauga umbrella group gets attention and support – Drive-throughs challenge at the OMB – Liability insurance for not-for-profit groups Read it all by clicking:  FUN Member News-Winter2012