An Oct. 16, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Toronto tells province that clear planning reforms are needed as soon as possible: City officials praised the province’s plan to reform the OMB at a committee hearing while asking for a clear transition plan as the city sees an uptick in development applications.”
According to a message at a recent post, Oct. 23 and 24 hearings are cancelled and written submissions are now due on Wednesday Oct. 18 at 5:00 pm instead of the original deadline of Oct. 24.
A previous post is entitled:
An electronic version of the Bill is available on the Legislative Assembly website at: www.ontla.on.ca
I’ve called the Procedural Services Branch at 416-325-3500 for details regarding the hearings on Oct. 17.
I was informed about the details, and I also learned that the deputations, from the Bill 139 hearings, will be available as Hansard transcripts – easily located at the Queen’s Park website – some days after a given hearing. I look forward to reading the transcripts!
I’m looking forward to attending one of the hearings.
Years ago, when I was involved in another line of volunteer work, than what keeps me occupied now, I made a couple of deputations (as a spokesperson for a volunteer organization) at Committee Hearings, on one occasion (in 1991) with regard to proposed legislation related to delivery of speech-language services in Ontario.
The other occasion was with regard to a bill related to human rights legislation in Ontario. It was on both occasions an enjoyable and informative experience for me; I enjoyed having the opportunity to express my views.
I recall that I worked on my presentations for hours and hours beforehand, making sure that I would be able to make my points in the allocated time frame.
It’s also a good thing to know the names of the Committee members, and to have some sense of what their backgrounds are. That’s part of being prepared, I would say.
A person has to be super well-prepared, in order to make a good presentation, and in order to contribute in a useful way to the Q & A that follows, with members of the Committee.
For my own part, with regard to Bill 139, I look forward to sending in written comments in time for the 6:00 pm deadline on Oct. 24, 2017.
In the meantime, today I’m following Twitter updates from Jennifer Pagliaro, City hall reporter for the Toronto Star – firstname.lastname@example.org