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JUDGES RESERVE DECISION IN PRECEDENT SETTING CASE ON WHO CONTROLS WATER TAKING
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Posted 10/04/2002

Three judges of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice today heard arguments on the issue of whether "water taking" is a "land use" under provincial statutes. The appeal was triggered by an Ontario Municipal Board decision of October 18, 2001 where the Chair dismissed official plan policies and provincial policies on water taking as not within their realm of jurisdiction.

The appellant, Grey Association for Better Planning,was represented by Rodney Northey of Birchall Northey Solicitors, Toronto. Residents, farmers, and politicians from Dufferin, Simcoe, Wellington and Grey counties attended the hearing. GABP has received support from municipalities and environmental groups from across Ontario and around the Great Lakes basin. For more information contact: Anna Scott, president, GABP 519-794-3259 or Peggy Hutchison, Communications, GABP 519-922-2033.

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