ELTO News and Updates

New Members – Summer 2017 Update

June 7, 2017

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) is pleased to welcome five new members: Paula Boutis, Thomas Hodgins and Scott Tousaw to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and Warren Morris and Graham Rempe to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).

Paula Boutis, OMB, Full-Time

Paula Boutis has been a well-known Toronto-based environmental lawyer for nearly 20 years, working with numerous administrative tribunals in Ontario, including the OMB and the ERT. Ms. Boutis has practised with a number of firms specializing in environmental issues, including Sierra Legal and Siskinds LLP. She has also practised with the Dianne Saxe Professional Corporation, established by Dianne Saxe, the current Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

Thomas Hodgins, OMB, Full-Time

Thomas Hodgins has over 30 years of experience in the municipal sector, and was the Commissioner of Development Services for the City of Oshawa from 2006 to 2015. Mr. Hodgins holds two degrees from the University of Waterloo: an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts (Regional Planning and Resource Development). He also has memberships in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Scott Tousaw, OMB, Full-Time

Scott Tousaw worked with Huron County for 28 years, and served as Director of Planning and Development from 2003 until 2017. Mr. Tousaw holds two degrees from the University of Waterloo: a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Geography. Mr. Tousaw is also a Registered Professional Planner and recently completed his term as a member of OPPI Council. He has been a sessional instructor in Planning at the University of Guelph, delivered lectures at the University of Waterloo and is a regular contributor to the annual conference of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association.

Warren Morris, ERT, Part-Time

Warren Morris is a mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator, and has been appointed to the ERT to assist primarily with mediation. Mr. Morris is currently a member of the Assessment Review Board, where he adjudicates and mediates property assessment appeals involving properties ranging from multi-unit residential apartments to large commercial buildings. An expert in commercial and workplace mediation, Warren has successfully mediated a myriad of complex matters, ranging from multi-party financial reorganizations to sensitive workplace and estate disputes. He has previously taught as a Dispute Resolution Educator for the York University Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution program, and for the Stitt Feld Handy’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshops, under the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

Graham Rempe, ERT, Part-Time

Graham Rempe is recently retired as a solicitor with the Legal Services Division of the City of Toronto. Mr. Rempe practises environmental and municipal law, and has been certified as a specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. Mr. Rempe was formerly in-house counsel to the Environmental Compensation Corporation. He is a former Canadian Environmental Law Association President, former chair of the Toronto Association of Legal Clinics and former co-chair of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario.

For more details about the public appointment process and ELTO’s current members, please click here.

Proposed Changes to the Land-Use Planning Appeal System in Ontario

May 16, 2017

The government has announced its intent to introduce legislation that, if passed, would change the land-use planning appeal system in Ontario.  Information is available in the news release from the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

ELTO is Now On YouTube

May 1, 2017

ELTO is committed to providing helpful information in a variety of formats to help the public better understand our services and processes.

A series of ELTO YouTube videos is being developed and the first video on the Citizen Liaison Office (CLO) is now available. This video will allow you to discover how the CLO can support you in better understanding the Boards at ELTO, their processes, how you can file an appeal and more!

Other videos are currently under development and will be posted once they become available.

ELTO French Language Services Draft Policy Now Open for Comments

March 30, 2017

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) is committed to offering French language services in accordance with the French Language Services Act (FLSA).

To learn more about the French services offered by ELTO, view the draft of our French Language Services Policy document. (Word)

ELTO is interested in your feedback on the draft of the French Language Services Policy document. Comments can be submitted by e-mailing feedback.elto@ontario.ca.

Feedback received from March 30, 2017 to June 2, 2017 will be considered.

2015-2016 ELTO Annual Report Now Available Online

March 24, 2017

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) is pleased to advise that the 2015-2016 annual report is now available online.

The report reflects the cluster’s activities for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

NEW Memorandum of Understanding has been signed and executed, February 6, 2017

February 27, 2017

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Executive Chair of the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) and the Attorney General has been signed and executed as of February 6, 2017.

As part of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability Governance and Appointments Act (ATAGAA), ELTO conducts periodic reviews of its MOU.

The purpose of the MOU is to clarify the accountability relationships between the Attorney General and the Executive Chair on behalf of ELTO. The electronic copy of the new MOU is available on our website.

New members – Fall Update

November 28, 2016

During this fall, the Environment Land and Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) welcomed the following new members:

Dan Weagant, ARB, Full-Time

  • November 28, 2016 – November 27, 2018

Dan Weagant has been a member of the Assessment Review Board since 2010 and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Examining Board since 2013. Mr. Weagant has recently been appointed as a full-time member. Dan Weagant holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. Since 1985, he has worked in the area of land use planning and landscape architecture, principally in land development in Southwestern Ontario.

Ian Rowe, OMB, Part-Time

  • October 11, 2016-October 10, 2018

Ian Rowe practiced law for over 35 years and concentrated his practice in the field of municipal and planning law. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of Courts in Ontario and many different administrative tribunals including over 200 hearings before the Ontario Municipal Board. Mr. Rowe has been active in the community, most notably with the Barrie Royals Basketball Club and the MacLaren Art Centre. Mr. Rowe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Gerald Swinkin, OMB, Part-Time

  • August 24, 2016 – August 23, 2018

Gerald Swinkin is a lawyer who was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. Mr. Swinkin articled at the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Swinkin’s legal career commenced as a staff lawyer in the Legal Department of the City of Mississauga and concluded as a partner in the Toronto law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he practiced municipal and planning law. Mr. Swinkin holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.


Subuola Awoleri, ARB, Full-Time

  • November 16, 2016-November 14, 2018

Subuola Awoleri is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Ms. Awoleri’s community involvement has included presenting seminars and workshops on family law issues and includes serving as a Women’s Coordinator with Centre of Life Church. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Ms. Awoleri has been a part-time member of the Assessment Review Board since 2014.

ELTO continues to actively recruit for new members to ensure that there are sufficient adjudicators in place to do the important work for ELTO’s boards. For more details about the public appointment process and ELTO’s current members, please click here.

ELTO’s Data Inventory now online

The ELTO Data Inventory is now online.

The inventory lists all ELTO datasets and identifies whether each dataset is open (public), being reviewed to determine if it should be made public, or is exempt from being released under Ontario’s Open Data Directive because it contains data that is restricted.
Ontario’s Open Data Directive requires every provincial agency to publish a list of datasets they create, collect or manage. The goal of the directive is to improve transparency and accountability. For more information about this directive, click on the Ontario’s Open Data Directive link.



Stefan-Bruce-Michel-NEW MEMBERS

ELTO Welcomes New OMB Members

ELTO is pleased to announce Michel Bellemare and Stefan Krzeczunowicz as our two newly appointed members to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Michel Bellemare was called to the bar in Ontario in 1994. He holds both a law degree and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in political science and management and public policy from the University of Ottawa. Fluently bilingual, he served as a municipal chief administrative officer and a special advisor with Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. He was also elected five times, serving his community as an Ottawa city councillor for ten years, and as an Ottawa-Carleton regional councillor for six years. He served as well as a member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, the Ottawa Public Library, and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton.

Stefan Krzeczunowicz is an Ontario Professional Land Economist. From 2004 to 2016 he worked for a leading consulting firm in Toronto, developing expertise in municipal finance, land use planning, and growth management. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, Mr. Krzeczunowicz conducted Ph.D. research in Ireland on seventeenth century economic, social, and political history, with a particular emphasis on English migration to Ireland. He has lectured on municipal finance matters at the undergraduate level. Mr. Krzeczunowicz is a member of the Simcoe Chapter of LAI International, an honorary society for the advancement of land economics.

Please join me in congratulating Stefan and Michel as we welcome their wealth of knowledge and expertise to the OMB. We look forward to your contributions.

Executive Chair Bruce Krushelnicki


Postal Service Disruption – Alternate Delivery Methods

Due to the possibility of a postal service disruption, the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) is using alternate methods of service delivery.

Receiving Documents from ELTO

Tribunal staff will email documents, notices and orders to clients who’ve provided email addresses. If an email address has not been provided then the document will be faxed to the client. If email or fax is not an option, time sensitive documents, as identified by the tribunals, will be couriered to the client.

Clients that are in the Greater Toronto Area may also choose to pick-up the document in person at the Public Inquiry desk 655 Bay Street on the 15th floor.

Sending Documents to ELTO

During the postal service disruption, clients are encouraged to serve document to ELTO electronically by e-mailing the respective tribunals’ general e-mail inbox or directly to the case worker assigned to the file. If e-mail service is not possible, clients may choose to send documents by fax or courier, or deliver them in person.

During the postal service disruption, ELTO anticipates receipt of higher than normal faxes. It is the responsibility of the parties serving ELTO to confirm documents have been received in their entirety.

Tribunal Contact Information for Receiving Documents

Tribunal/ Board E-mail Address Fax Number(s)
Assessment Review Board assessment.review.board@ontario.ca

Toronto: (416) 314-3717

Toll Free: 1-877-849-2066

Board of Negotiations board.of.negotiation@ontario.ca (416) 326-6209
Conservation Review Board conservation.review.board@ontario.ca (416) 326-6209
Environmental Review Tribunal ERTTribunalSecretary@ontario.ca

Toronto: (416) 326-5370

Toll Free: 1-877-849-2066

Ontario Municipal Board ontario.municipal.board@ontario.ca (416) 326-5370