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Ontario's Bill 23 proposes two new changes to Heritage Conservation Districts: the application of criteria for cultural heritage value to district designations; and new rules for amending and repealing Heritage Conservation District plans.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Is “shall be conserved” in peril?

Lost in the “bomb” of Bill 23 and the ensuing fury, a different provincial government initiative threatens to undermine another vital part of Ontario’s heritage protection regime.

Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, takes a sledgehammer to key parts of the Ontario Heritage Act and Ontario’s cultural heritage protection system.1

One of the more insidious proposals — not getting nearly enough attention in the slew of outrageous changes — takes aim at how we define cultural heritage itself.

It’s almost Orwellian.

As part of a farewell tribute to the Conservation Review Board — now swallowed whole by the Ontario Land Tribunal — we’re digging into some of the Review Board’s recent decisions in so-called legacy cases. (Note that most if not all of these have been authored by a single CRB, now OLT, member, Daniel Nelson.)1

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Of attributes and elements

attribute ~

something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc.; a quality, character, characteristic, or property

element ~