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Correspondence Agenda - 2020/12/17 The Corporation of the Township of Malahide CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA December 17, 20207:30 p.m. Correspondence: AssociationofMunicipalities of Ontario - Watch FiledatedDecember 3 and 10,2020.(PagesC3- 8) Township of HowickResolutionrequestingtheProvincetorequiretile drainagecontractors to filefarmtiledrainageinstallation plans with the local municipality.(Pages C9-11) CityofHamiltonResolutionrequestingtheProvincetoplace an interim cap onGas Plant and Greenhouse Gas Pollution and develop a plan to phaseout gas-fired electricity generation.(PagesC12-13) CityofHamiltonResolutionrequestingtheProvincetoplaceatemporary capon Food Delivery Service Charges. (PagesC14-15) TownofOrangeville, Township of Puslinch,and Long PointRegion ConservationAuthorityResolutionrequestingtheProvincetoremove Schedule 6 from BudgetMeasures Act (Bill229) and theProvincecontinueto work with Conservation Authorities. (Malahide Township Council supporteda similar Resolution on December 3, 2020).(PagesC16-51) MunicipalityofSouth West Middlesex ResolutionrequestingtheProvinceto work with Federal Ministry ofTransportation to addressconcerns regarding municipal drainage matters and need for coordination with national railways. (PagesC53-54) MunicipalityofLeamingtonResolutionsupportingtheMunicipalityofTweed regardingCannabisProductionFacilitiesand Health Canada Guidelines. (PagesC55-56) LongPointRegionConservationAuthorityMeetingSchedulefor 2021. (Page C57) TownofAylmerNoticeofPublic Hearing for Minor Variance relating to propertyat406TalbotStreet East, Aylmer.(PageC58) Elgin County LandDivisionCommitteeNoticeofExpiryofAppealPeriod for the following Applications: -Severance ApplicationNo.E42-20,inthenameofGregoryMaxUnderhill relatingtopropertyat5031Sawmill Road. (PageC59) -Severance ApplicationE44-20,inthename of Dolores Slanskey VonGroh andJerrySchramrelatingtopropertyat15165 Whittaker Road. (Page C60) 3 Diana Wilson From:AMO Communications <Communicate@amo.on.ca> Sent:December 3, 2020 10:01 AM To: Diana Wilson Subject:AMO WatchFile - December 3, 2020 AMO WatchFile not displaying correctly? View the online version Add Communicate@amo.on.ca to your safe list December 3, 2020 In This Issue -Report out on November 27th AMO Board meeting. -Municipal Information & Data Analysis System (MIDAS). -Accessible municipal websites. -Rowan’s Law Phase 2 proclamation date moved to July 2021. -Follow ROMA for chance to win 2021 ROMA Conference pass! -Investments 101 - Online training. -Careers with AMO, Augusta, Durham and Orillia. AMO Matters AMO President Graydon Smith recaps the highlights of the November 27, 2020 AMO Board meeting. 370 of 444 municipalities in Ontario have now posted on MIDAS their 2019 Financial Information Returns (FIRs), and 444 have posted their 2018 FIRs. 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View the online version Add Communicate@amo.on.ca to your safe list December 10, 2020 In This Issue - Accessible municipal websites. - Ontario seeking input on Draft Water Quantity Framework Guidance. - ROMA Conference 2021: Connecting you to provincial leaders. - Want to reduce stress this lockdown holiday season? It's possible. - Webinar: Struggling with your meeting management system? eSCRIBE can help. - Municipal Group Buying Program saves thousands! - Investments 101 - Online training. - Careers with AMO, Ontario Public Service, Durham and Toronto. AMO Matters Need an AODA compliant municipal website in time for January 1, 2021? AMO’s partner eSolutionsGroup has you covered. eSolutionsGroup is offering members engaging and accessible websites on a budget. Contact Karen Mayfield, eSolutionsGroup President, for more information. 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To unsubscribe, please click here 3 9 December 3, 2020 The Honourable Ernie Hardeman Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs By email only minister.omafra@ontario.ca Dear Mr. Hardeman: Please be advised that the following resolution was passed at the December 1, 2020 Howick Council meeting: Moved byCouncillor Hargrave; Seconded byCouncillor Illman: Be it resolved that Council request the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs amend the Tile Drainage Installation Act and/or the regulations under the Act that would require tile drainage contractors file farm tile drainage installation plans withthelocalmunicipality; and further, this resolution be forwarded to Ministerof Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, Rural Ontario Municipal Association, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation Of Ontario, Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario, Drainage Superintendents of Ontario and all Ontario municipalities.Carried. Resolution No. 288/20 If you require any further information, please contactthis office, thank you. Yours truly, Carol Watson Carol Watson, Clerk Township of Howick 10 Background Information to the Township of Howick Resolution No. 288-20 Requesting Amendments to the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act Rational for Proposed Amendments Over the years, Howick Township staff have received many requests for tile drainage information on farmland. Usually these requests come after achange in ownership of the farm. Some of these drainage systems were installed recently but many are 30 to 40 or more years old. Many were installed by contractors who are no longer in business or who have sold the businessand records are not available. Information is generally available if the tile was installed under the Tile Drain Loan Program because a drainage plan is required to be filed with the municipality. If the tile system was installed on a farm without using theTile DrainLoan Program, there likely are no records on file at the municipal office. The other benefits to filing tile drainage plans withthe municipality are identified in Section 65 of the Drainage Act. 65(1) – Subsequent subdivision of land (severance or subdivision) 65(3) – Drainage connection into a drain from lands not assessed to the drain 65(4) – Drainage disconnection of assessed lands from a drain 65(5) – Connecting to a municipal drain without approval from council Section 14 of the Act states: (1)“The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations, (a) providing for the manner of issuing licences and prescribing their duration, the fees payable therefor and the terms and conditions on which they are issued; (a.1) exempting classes of persons from the requirement under section 2 to hold a licence, in such circumstances as may be prescribed and subject to such restrictions as may be prescribed; (b)Repealed: 1994, c.27, s. 8 (5). (c) establishing classes of machine operators and prescribing the qualifications for each class and the duties that may be performed by each class; 11 (d) providing for courses of instruction and examinations and requiring licence holders or applicants for a licence under this Act to attend such courses and pass such examinations; (e) prescribing the facilities and equipment to be provided by persons engaged in the business of installing drainage works; (f) prescribing standards and procedures for the installation of drainage works; (g) prescribing performance standards for machines used in installing drainage works; (h) prescribing forms and providing for their use; (i) respecting any matter necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c.A.14, s.14; 1994, c.27, s.8 (4,5).” I believe it would be beneficial if a regulation required the installer, of agricultural drainage, to file a plan of the drainage system with the municipality following completion of the work. While most of Section 14 deals with contractor, machine and installer licences, I think that Section 14(f) or 14(i) may allow a regulation change. This would be a better solution than an amendment to the Act. Recommendations: Request by municipal resolution that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs amend the Tile Drainage Installation Act and/or the regulations, under the Act, that would require tile drainage contractors file all farm tile drainage installation plans in the Municipality where the installation took place Send the municipal resolution to: o Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs o Lisa Thompson, MPP Huron Bruce o Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth Wellington o Rural Ontario Municipal Association roma@roma.on.ca o OFA o CFFO o All Ontario municipalities o the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO), and o the Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario (DSAO) Wray Wilson, Drainage Superintendent Township of Howick drainage@howick.ca 12 November 24, 2020 The Honourable Greg Rickford Minister of Energy, Northern Development & Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Whitney Block,Room 5630 5th Floor,99 Wellesley St. W. Toronto,ONM7A 1W1 Dear Minister Rickford: At its meeting of November 11, 2020, Hamilton City Council approved Item 10 of the General Issues Committee Report 20-018, which reads as follows: 10.Request for an Interim Cap on Gas Plant and Greenhouse Gas Pollution and the Development and Implementation of a Plan to Phase-Out Gas-Fired Electricity Generation(Item 10.2) WHEREAS, the Government of Ontario is planning to increase reliance on gas- -fired power plants, which is anticipated to increase greenhouse gas(GHG) pollution by more than 300% by 2025 and by more than 400% by 2040; of the world (which is in alignment with climate models and projections impacting northern climates most significantly); WHEREAS, the Province of Ontario will adversely impact more than a third of the greenhouse gas reductions it achieved by phasing-out its dirty coal-fired power plants, due to a power plan built around ramping up gas-fired generation to replace the output of the Pickering Nuclear Station (scheduled to close in 2024); WHEREAS, alternative options are available to reversing short sighted cuts to energy efficiency programs and stop under-investing in this quick to deploy and low-cost resource, which include maximizing our energy efficiency efforts by paying up to the same price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for energy efficiency measures as we are currently paying for power from nuclear plants (e.g., up to 9.5 cents per kWh); WHEREAS, the Province of Ontario should continue to support renewable energy projects that have costs that are below what we are paying for nuclear power and work with communities to make the most of these economic opportunities; WHEREAS, the Province of Ontario has alternative options to increasing gas- - cost 24/7 power from its water powered reservoir system as a possible alternative; 13 Cap on Gas Plant and Greenhouse Gas Pollution Page 2 of 2 WHEREAS, a fossil-free electricity system is efforts to reduce GHG emissions by replacing fossil fuel use with electric vehicles, electric buses, electric heat pumps, and other steps dependent on a fossil-free electricity supply; and, WHEREAS, our staff have notedthis problem in their report on Updated Timelines and SMART Corporate Goals and Areas of Focus for Climate l gas, and therefore GHG emissions, may continue to increase as the nuclear facilities are refurbished and the Province of Ontario further supplements the electricity grid THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: (a)That the City of Hamiltonrequest the Government of Ontario to place an interim cap of 2.5 mega tonnesper year on our gas plant and greenhouse gas pollution and develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation by 2030 to ensure that Ontario meets itsclimate targets; and, (b)That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Premier of Ontario, to the local Therefore, there City of Hamilton respectfully requests your consideration of thismatter and looks forward to your response. Sincerely, Fred Eisenberger Mayor Copied:The Honourable Doug Ford,Premier of Ontario Andrea Horwath,Opposition Party Leader,New Democratic Party of Ontario, M.P.PHamilton Centre Monique Taylor,M.P.P. Hamilton Mountain Paul Miller,M.P.P. Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Donna Skelly,M.P.P. Flamborough-Glanbrook Sandy Shaw,M.P.P. Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Region of Waterloo Ontario Municipalities Association of Municipalities of Ontario 14 November 24, 2020 The Honourable Doug FordPaul Miller Premier of OntarioM.P.P.Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Legislative Building289 Queenston Road Hamilton, Ontario L8K 1H2 Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Andrea HorwathDonna Skelly Opposition Party LeaderM.P.P. Flamborough-Glanbrook New Democratic Party of Ontario2000 Garth Street, Suite 104 M.P.PHamilton CentreHamilton, ON L9B 0C1 20 Hughson St. S., Suite 200 Hamilton ON L8N 2A1 Monique TaylorSandy Shaw M.P.P.Hamilton MountainM.P.P. Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas 2-555 Concession Street177 King Street West (Royal Bank Building)Dundas, ON L9H 1V3 Hamilton, Ontario L8V 1G2 Dear Premier Ford and Members of Provincial Parliament, At its meeting of November 11, 2020, Hamilton City Council approved Item 8 of the General Issues Committee Report 20-018, which reads as follows: 9.Temporary Cap on Food Delivery Service Charges (Item 10.1) WHEREAS, the restaurant industry plays a crucial role in the Cit well as the livelihoods of residents, families and communities; WHEREAS, the restaurant industry has been severely impacted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly due to substantially decreased indoor dining; WHEREAS, restaurant owners have become increasingly dependent on delivery and take-out services for the viability of their businesses; WHEREAS, restaurants are under pressure from high commission fees being charged by the major food delivery service apps; 15 WHEREAS, major cities throughout the United States have implemented temporary caps on the fees charged by food delivery service apps, as an option to assist the restaurant industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; and, WHEREAS, the City of Hamilton does not have the authority to regulate food delivery service company fees or cap the fees that they charge; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: (a)That the Mayor correspond with the Premier of Ontario, and local Members of Provincial Parliament to ask that the Province implement a temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies; and, (b)That a copy of that request be sent to other municipalities in Ontario and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for their endorsement. Therefore, the City of Hamilton respectfully requestsyour timely consideration to this matter. Sincerely, Fred Eisenberger Mayor Copied: Municipalities of Ontario Association of Municipalities of Ontario 16 Subject: Orangeville Council Resolution Please see the resolution below that was passed by Orangeville Council last night. Resolution 2020-426 Moved by Councillor Peters Seconded by Mayor Brown WHEREAS the Province has introduced Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID 19 Act - Schedule 6 Conservation Authorities Act; AND WHEREAS the Legislation introduces several changes and new sections that could remove and/or significantly hinder conservatio engaging in review and appeal of planning applications; AND WHEREAS we rely on the watershed expertise provided by local conservation authorities to protect residents, property, and local natural resources on a watershed basis by regulating development and engaging in reviews of applications submitted under the Planning Act; AND WHEREAS the changes allow the Minister to make decisions without conservation authority watershed data and expertise; AND WHEREAS the Legislation suggests that the Minister will have the ability to establish standards and requirements for non-mandatory programs which are negotiated between the conservation authorities and municipalities to meet local watershed needs; AND WHEREAS the budget that Orangeville spends on conservation authority work is a bargain for the services provided; AND WHEREAS municipalities believe that the appointment of municipal representatives on conservation authority boards should be a municipal decision; and the Chair and Vice Chair of the conservation authority boards should be duly elected; Authority that having a chair or vice-chair serve for more than one year has produced experienced individuals; authority board member to represent the best interests of the conservation authority and its responsibility to the watershed; AND WHEREAS conservation authorities have already been working with the Province, development sector and municipalities to streamline and speed up permitting and planning approvals through vice and Streamlining Initiative; AND WHEREAS municipalities value and rely on the natural habitats and water resources within conservation authority jurisdictions for the health and well-being of residents; municipalities value work to prevent and manage the impacts of flooding and other natural THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: (i) the Province of Ontario repeal Section 6 of the Budget Measures Act (Bill 229), and (ii) that the Province continue to work with conservation authorities to find workable solutions to reduce red tape; AND THAT this resolution be circulated to Premier Doug Ford, MPP Sylvia Jones, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks Jeff Yurek, the Minister of Finance Rod Philips, all Conservation authorities throughout Credit Valley, and all Ontario Municipalities Carried 17 Thanks, Tracy Macdonald| Assistant Clerk | Corporate Services Town of Orangeville | 87 Broadway | Orangeville ON L9W 1K1 519-941-0440 Ext. 2256 | Toll Free 1-866-941-0440 Ext. 2256 tmacdonald@orangeville.ca | www.orangeville.ca 18 RE: Propose Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act: Schedule 6 of Bill 229 Please be advised that Township of Puslinch Council, at its meeting held on November 18, 2020 considered the aforementioned topic and subsequent to discussion, the following was resolved: Resolution No. 2020-331: Moved by Councillor Bulmer and Seconded by Councillor Sepulis That the Consent Agenda items 6.2, 6.3, 6.10, 6.11, 6.12, and 6.13be received; and GIVEN THAT The Township of Puslinch does not want to see an increased risk to public safety, or increased liabilities to the Province, municipalities, and conservation authorities. Nor does the Township of Puslinch want more red tape, disruption and ultimately delays in helping the government achieve its goal of economic recovery; and GIVEN the time sensitive nature of this Bill, we encourage the Province to consult with Municipalities and Conservation Authorities in an expedient manner;and GIVEN that the Township of Puslinch feels that there are better solutions to deal with actual and perceived issues. BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Township of Puslinch respectfully requests the Province to withdraw Schedule 6 from Bill 229 until a more thorough analysis of the appropriate solutions can take place, with more clarity on what problems were identified through the consultation process. The Township of Puslinch also encourage the Province to engage with municipalities and Conservation Authorities as the Province works on regulations that will eventually define the various Conservation Authorities Act clauses. The Township of Puslinch feels this is critical to ensure that the focus and performance of Conservation Authorities is actually improved where required. FURTHER that this resolution be forwarded to the Premier, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 19 the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minister of Finance, Conservation Ontario, MPP Ted Arnott, and all Ontario Municipalities. CARRIED As per the above resolution, please accept a copy of this correspondence for your information and consideration. Sincerely, Courtenay Hoytfox Deputy Clerk 20 For Immediate Release November 12, 2020 Cause for Alarm Over Proposed Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act BURLINGTON Conservation Halton (CH) has reviewed proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CA Act) which were released last week in the 2020 Ontario Budget (Bill 229). CH is encouraged that the purpose of the Act to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further conservation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in Ontario watersheds remains. the watershed-based scope, good governance, service delivery and sustainability of all Conservation Authorities (CAs). CH is, however, concerned that some of the proposed amendments will significantly diminish the ability of CAs to ensure that both people and property are safe from natural hazards, while The proposed amendments would grant new powers to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry that would allow the Minister to make decisions regarding permit applications and appeals in place of the CA, without the non-partisan technical input and expertise of CAs. Bill 229 also proposes amendments to the Planning Act, which if passed, would prohibit CAs from appealing a municipal planning decision to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) or becoming a party to an appeal before LPAT. While there are currently checks and balances in place to ensure the safe development of communities, CH is concerned that new amendments will allow circumvention that leaves the possibility for development decisions that are both unsafe and negatively impact the environment. conservation authorities and our ability to make science-based watershed management decisions in the interest of public health and safety, pandemic, we have seen first-hand just how important our environment and wetlands are to our residents. We do not want to see any decisions made that increase the risks from natural hazards, especially as we continue to work to mitigate climate change and conserve our watershed to allow for responsible growth today, without sacrificing the right of future generations to do the same CH views the governance changes calling for municipal councillors to make up the sole membership of the Board, while also being instructed to represent the interests of their respective municipalities, and not those of the CA or watershed residents, extremely problematic. This will create an environment in which fiduciary duties and responsibilities to the conservation authority are not upheld. Further, CH is disappointed in the proposed removal of the un-proclaimed stop work orders and limitations on power to entry provisions that this government had previously agreed to grant CAs. The removal of this tool takes away the ability to enforce regulations that keep life and property safe. It also diminishes the ability to address environmental violations early and work with stakeholders to remedy problems, leaving no tools but to pursue costly and time-consuming charges through the courts when violations occur. 21 While CH waits for updated regulations to better understand how the proposed amendments are to be implemented, it is concerned that there may be many unintended consequences that put the environment and communities at risk, through opaque and financially costly decisions. As a result of these collective concerns, CH encourages residents of the watershed, its network of supporters, and partner municipalities to reach out to the Premier, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, as well as their local MPPs over the next two weeks to request that they review and address its concerns before this Bill is enacted. -30- Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science-based programs and services. Media Contact Stephanie Bright Public Relations Specialist Conservation Halton Email: sbright@hrca.on.ca 22 For Immediate Release: Friday, November 13, 2020 the Conservation Authorities Act On November 5, the Province released proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act as part of its omnibus bill of the provincial budget. The Province has stated they are amending the Act to improve transparency and consistency in conservation authority operation, strengthen municipal oversight and streamline conservation authority roles in permitting and land use planning. Additional regulations under the Act are still to be provided later this fall. Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) staff have reviewed the proposed changes and support enhanced conservation transparency and accountability which is already undertaken by making key documents publicly available; including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and annual audits. We are encouraged that the Province has reconfirmed our purpose to provide for conservation, restoration source water protection and natural resources management. However, while we wait for updated regulations to better understand how the changes are to be implemented, we are concerned that proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act if passed, would reduce our ability to protect the natural environment and our watershed, and remove citizen representation on our Board. Proposed changes provide new appeal avenues for permit applications to go to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and even the ability of the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to issue certain permits in place of the conservation authority. An appeal process already exists to applicants directly to the HCA Board. Conservation authorities are important agencies who help protect Onta science-based watershed information helps to steer development to appropriate places where it will not harm the environment or create risks to people. The Province also proposes an amendment to the Planning Act, which if passed, would not allow conservation authorities to appeal a municipal planning decision to the LPAT to represent our interests, unless requested through an agreement with the municipality or the Province. To date, this has not been an issue with the Hamilton Conservation Authority but is an important tool to have. This could also impact our right to appeal planning decisions as a landowner. This is a concern as our conservation lands, made up of 11,000 acres of forests, 145 km of trails, fields, streams, wildlife and plant life, are P.OBox81067,838MineralSpringsRoad,Ancaster,OntarioL9G4X1|P:9055252181 nature@conservationhamilton.ca|www.conservationhamilton.ca 23 Conservation authorities have long requested for the ability to issue stop work orders to protect environmentally sensitive areas. The updated Act removes un-proclaimed provisions for this enhanced enforcement and only retains the current tools such as fines and possible prosecution and these existing tools do not provide the ability to effectively stop any significant threats and impacts. If passed, HCA would lose citizen representatives on its board who currently make up half the board of directors. These members provide expertise in varied fields and provide input on HCA programs and services proposed amendments would also require municipally appointed councillors to make decisions in the best interest of the municipality and not the conservation authority and its watershed. This is contrary to proper board governance. In these stressful times, nature and the mental and physical health. After this year, we have seen just how important these spaces, and that protection, is for our community. We will continue promoting our vision of a healthy watershed for everyone. HCA staff will also continue to work collaboratively with all parties to better understand and determine what these changes will mean for conservation authorities in general and for the protection of our watersheds. Public consultation is not required on these proposals as it has been incorporated as part of the budget. We encourage our watershed residents, municipal partners and supporters to reach out to the Premier, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Minister of Natural Resources to ask them to address the concerns outlined above, before the Bill is enacted. Media Contact: Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, HCA Chair 905-973-1359 lloyd.ferguson@hamilton.ca Lisa Burnside, HCA CAO 905-525-2181, ext. 126 Lisa.Burnside@conservationhamilton.ca This media release has been formatted to be an accessible document. Should you require this information in an alternate format, please contact the Hamilton Conservation Authority at 905-525-2181 and we will be happy to assist you. P.OBox81067,838MineralSpringsRoad,Ancaster,OntarioL9G4X1|P:9055252181 nature@conservationhamilton.ca|www.conservationhamilton.ca 24 Opwfncfs!25-!3131 Ipo/!Epvh!Gpse Ipo/!Kfgg!Zvsfl Ipo/!Kpio!Zblbcvtlj Ipo/!Tufwf!Dmbsl NQQ!Tufqifo!Dsbxgpse Sf;!Cjmm!33:!.!Qspufdu-!Tvqqpsu!boe!Sfdpwfs!gspn!DPWJE.2:!Bdu!)Cvehfu! 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We anticipate that some of the more prescriptive changes proposed in Bill 229 will lead to the opposite of your government’s stated desire to help conservation authorities (CA) modernize and operate with greater focus, transparency and efficiency. The Progressive Conservative Government under the leadership of George Drew passed the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act. He recognized that Ontario needed to invest in a sound transformative strategy to help Ontarians recover from the devastation of World War Two, not just economically, but also emotionally, as a community. These progressive actions were further strengthened by Premier Frost. Today, as the Province faces unprecedented pressures from both, a global pandemic and climate change, we need to strengthen the cooperative role played by CAs. For over 60 years, Conservation Halton (CH) has served the interests of its residents and stayed true to those founding principles – conserving the environment to enable watershed communities to prosper socially and economically while ensuring resilience and safety for generations to come. From planting four million trees, to managing 11,000 acres of land, teaching millions of children, ensuring people build their homes and businesses in safe places and constantly checking the pulse of our environment through monitoring and restoration, CH has been a trusted, accountable partner to the Province and our municipalities. Today, CH serves over one million residents in one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario. Our residents and municipalities depend on us to deliver cost-effective services that ensure growth and development support sustainable and vibrant communities. CH has played a collaborative role in the previous consultations regarding the modernization of the CA Act. While it was unexpected to see further proposed changes to the Act in Bill 229, we are encouraged that the purpose of the Act to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that 27 further conservation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in Ontario watersheds remains the same. It is our view that several of the proposed amendments will increase the risk to life and property from natural hazards and the degradation of the environment. We respectfully request you withdraw Schedule 6 from Bill 229 until a more thorough analysis of the appropriate solutions can take place, with more clarity on what problems were identified through the consultation process. We also encourage you to engage with CAs as you work on regulations that will eventually define the limits of the various CA Act clauses. We feel this is critical to ensure that the focus and performance of CAs is actually improved. Several changes, such as those related to governance, ministerial authority to issue permits, the removal of our ability to appeal decisions at LPAT, and the removal of enforcement tools will lead to increased administrative costs, red tape, delays, and above all bring into question the integrity and transparency of the permitting and planning process. These changes will also result in a more uncertain, litigious and discordant atmosphere, which will hinder our ability to work with applicants to find practical solutions for safe development. These changes will undo the hard work CH has done over the last five years to ensure we are customer-centric, accountable, efficient and solutions oriented. Specifically: There is no duplication, red tape or going beyond our mandate CH and our municipal partners work in a complementary way, avoid duplication of effort and remain focused on our core responsibilities through detailed MOUs and workplans. CH worked with our partners and customers to develop clear, quantifiable service delivery targets, which we have achieved, and publicly reported on with consistency. We track all permitting and plan review metrics on a quarterly basis to ensure nothing is slipping. Our permit/planning fees only cover the cost to review and we have high service standards CH works with the development industry to ensure there is transparency on how our fees are determined, what costs are included and what standard of service we deliver in exchange. This approach is highly appreciated by our BILD chapter and they have encouraged other agencies to adopt our approach. We will be happy to share correspondence to this effect with you. We work on a cost-recovery model to ensure we keep the cost to taxpayers as low as possible. The integrity of the permitting process will be compromised – these amendments will increase risk, liability, delays, and lead to inconsistency CH currently issues 95% of minor permits and 98% of major permits within 30 and 90 review days respectively (not calendar days). We value the process as much as we value the output of our services in this area. It is our view that the proposed amendments that would allow the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry jurisdiction over certain permit applications and the appeal process has the potential to allow individuals to circumvent checks and balances that exist to protect the communities in our watersheds. It is unclear whether the minister would have regard for local conditions, technical input or Board-approved policies. These proposed changes may inadvertently cause more people in the community to be at risk, rather than protected, from natural hazards. The amendments introduce a “stakeholder governance model” that has no legal precedence The proposed changes to the composition of CA boards negatively disrupts what is currently a relatively apolitical structure. This will significantly reduce the capacity of boards to make 28 decisions on a watershed basis. Our Board of Directors carry out their fiduciary responsibilities, guide strategy, approve policies in support of our Provincial and municipal responsibilities and track performance. They ensure CH makes decisions with integrity, based solely on our core responsibilities. It is our view that changing the composition to reflect elected officials that represent the interests of their respective municipalities creates a setting ripe for conflict of interest. It runs counter to all governance principles. These amendments compromise our ability to create jobs & deliver services without tax dollars Conservation Halton is focused on our core programs. We are equally competent and resourceful in providing further opportunities for Ontarians in recreation and education on our conservation lands—especially during the pandemic when the need for safe and accessible greenspace is at an all-time high—and we are even more proud that we are able to fund these opportunities 100% self-sufficiently. Our responsible monetization of assets and generation of revenue creates value for the community as well as employment opportunities. We are concerned that should the Ministry set fees or other limits on non-mandatory programs and services—particularly those that we already successfully run without the support of tax dollars—our ability to provide important recreational, educational, and employment opportunities that allow our community to interact with conservation will be significantly diminished. Our municipal levy for 2021 is under 28% and the provincial contribution is close to 2% of our total budget. We have worked hard to achieve such low reliance on taxpayer funding. At the same time, we have expanded access to our parks by 35% this season, giving Ontario families a safe place to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. In conclusion, we do not want to see an increased risk to public safety, or increased liabilities to the Province, municipalities, and conservation authorities. Nor do we want more red tape, disruption and ultimately delays in helping the government achieve its goal of economic recovery. Given the time sensitive nature of this Bill, we encourage the Province to consult with Conservation Halton and other CAs in an expedient manner. We have attached a more detailed (Board) report on our key concerns. We appreciate you taking the time to consider our concerns. We feel there are better solutions to deal with actual and perceived issues. We would be pleased to discuss these and our desire to work with you to define the governing regulations at your earliest convenience. Please contact Conservation Halton CEO, Hassaan Basit (CEOoffice@hrca.on.ca ) so we can help support your mandate while ensuring success for all stakeholders. Regards, Gerry Smallegange Chair, Conservation Halton Board of Directors Mayor Gordon Krantz Mayor Rob Burton, BA, MS Town of Milton Town of Oakville 29 Mayor Marianne Meed Ward Mayor Rick Bonnette Town of Halton Hills City of Burlington Cc: The Honourable John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted Arnott MPP Wellington—Halton Hills Jane McKenna MPP Burlington Effie J. Triantafilopoulos MPP Oakville North—Burlington Stephen Crawford MPP Oakville Parm Gill MPP Milton Andrea Horwath MPP Hamilton Centre Sandy Shaw MPP Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas Rudy Cuzzetto MPP Mississauga—Lakeshore Donna Skelly MPP Flamborough-Glanbrook 30 Good afternoon Mayor and Councillors: I was asked to share this email and I ask it be added to tomorrow's agenda along with the other correspondence from Hamilton and Halton Conservation Authorities. Any support you would consider lending to the concerns outlined would be most appreciated. The following email is from Councillor Tom Jackson, a long-time member of Hamilton Council and on the Hamilton Conservation Authority Board. Subject: Province's Proposal to Eliminate Volunteer Citizen Members on THE HCA Board!! Dear Mayor Eisenberger and Councillor (HCA Chairman) Ferguson....I heard with dismay and disappointment the above announcement in the last 48 hours!! IF The Province wishes to move forward on this, it will be an absolute shame and disservice to our encouragement of Citizen engagement and participation on an august Board such as the HCA. It boggles my mind why they would even consider going down this path??!! With all due respect to elected members of local Council....to have hypothetically an 11 member HCA Board of only politicians might as well make the HCA a Standing Committee of City Council. One of the treasures I have truly enjoyed over the years has been working alongside volunteer citizen appointees on any Task Force/Board/Advisory Committee, etc., because of the "blend" of elected and non-elected Board members sitting at the same table, assisting in the advancement (and preservation) of that Organization/Service/Agency's mandate/vision/goals TOGETHER!! Plus...on this current Board of 11 voting members, IF The Province's proposal is not withdrawn, 6 less citizens will have the chance to serve their Community on a dynamic and esteemed Board via the appointnent process of City Council!! To conclude, if a resolution of our City Council is in order to forward MY (Hopefully OUR) objection to this misguided proposal, I am willing to assist with the motion OR instead to support anyone else that wishes to lead. Thanks for listening. Thoughts?? Councillor Jackson...P.S...HCA CAO Burnside or E.A. Tellier....Can you kindly ensure please that my email is forwarded to the citizen members of the HCA Board?? Thanks in advance. Councillor Jackson....P.P.S...(BTW Council Colleagues...this has nothing to do with the fact I am on the Board currently and do not wish other members of Council to possibly join. For what its worth...I left the Board after the 2014 Civic election to allow a new member of Council to join then.). Just sharing... Councillor Tom Jackson -- Susan Fielding 31 To our Conservation Halton friends: Protect, Support, and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 Conservation Authorities Act 32 33 34 Copyright © 2020 Conservation Halton, All rights reserved. why did I get this? 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 Good morning, The following is the Long Point Region Conservation Authority meeting schedule for 2021. Board of Directors/Election of Officers Wednesday, January 13, 20216:30 pm & 2021 Budget Vote Wednesday, February 3, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Friday, February 19, 2021Audit and Finance Committee Meeting9:30 am Friday, March 5, 2021Annual General Meeting1:30 pm Wednesday, April 6, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Wednesday, June 2, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Wednesday, September 1, Board of Directors 6:30 pm 2021 Wednesday, October 6, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Wednesday, November 10, Board of Directors Budget Meeting9:30 am 2021 Wednesday, December 1, 2021Board of Directors6:30 pm Merry Christmas. Dana Ϋ Please note that the LPRCA Administration Office, Conservation Education Centre and Waterford Workshop are currently closed to the public. For more information, visit www.lprca.on.ca 5ğƓğ aĭ\[ğĭŷƌğƓ Long Point Region Conservation Authority 4 Elm St., Tillsonburg ON N4G 0C4 519-842-4242 or 1-888-231-5408 ext. 261 dmclachlan@lprca.on.ca 58 TOWN OF AYLMER COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICEthat the Town of Aylmer Committee of Adjustment will hold avirtual public hearing in accordance with Section 45 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, (as amended), on Monday,December 21, 2020at 7:00 p.m., in a public livestream available at www.aylmer.ca. APPLICATION NO. A.3-20is made by Jason Vis, the owner oftheproperty known municipally as 406 Talbot Street East, in the Town of Aylmer. The applicantis requesting a minor variance from the requirements of the Town’s Zoning By-law No. 57-99, as amended. The applicant is seeking relief from:Section 16 (2) Permitted Uses The existing residential single detached dwelling and garage are legal non-conforming uses on the property. It is the intent that the existing garage will be removed to accommodate the proposed larger attached garage, which is considered an expansion of the existing non- conforming use and prompting the need for this minor variance application. Additional information relating to the application is available for inspection between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Aylmer Town Hall.Those interested in additional information are encouraged to use alternative methods of contacting Aylmer Town Hall, including telephone or email. A contact directory is available at www.aylmer.ca. ALSO TAKE NOTICEthat signed, written submissions shall be accepted by the Secretary- Treasurer prior to the hearing and such submissions shall be available for inspection by any interested party. In addition, if a party, who is notified, does not express their desire to receive further notice of hearings, the Committee can proceed,and the party is not entitled to any further notice of hearings. A COPY OF THE DECISIONwill be mailed to those persons who attend or are represented at the hearing and those who have filed a written request with the Secretary for Notice of the Committee’s Decision. Dated this 9th day of December, 2020. Josh Brick Director of Legislative Services/Clerk, Town of Aylmer 46 Talbot Street West Aylmer ON N5H 1J7 Ph: 519-773-3164 Fax: 519-765-1446 www.aylmer.ca 59 60