Barrie in relation to other North American cities

The process by which development applications are heard is important – and this case in Ontario has the potential to change the playing field in Canada for those who oppose developments… – Liability chill might freeze out opponents to development

A controversial hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board that could set a major precedent for developments is set to resume in December.

The developer of a new marina and resort on Big Bay Point on Lake Simcoe east of Barrie is claiming $3.6 million in legal costs against a local ratepayers’ group and its lawyers who opposed its plans.


One of the important rights a citizen has is to participate fairly in discussions about proposed developments in accordance with the legal structure dictated by the various levels of government. This situation is likened to the US cases called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation”, or SLAPP for short – where only the rich (read – the developer) have any chance of participating.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.