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.
Port Hope has stared down Goliath over the demolition of the old Port Hope Hospital - for now, at least.
Last time we looked at what might be coming in the province’s new housing-focussed “policy instrument.”1 Now it — the proposed new Provincial Planning Statement — is here!
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 and the ERO
Bill 23: This Game of Chicken Will Have a Bad Ending 
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.
Juggling Heritage and Accessibility
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
something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc.; a quality, character, characteristic, or property