Ontario Greenbelt Introduction

A basic overview of the Greenbelt (objectives, vision, etc...)

Maryam Nassar, Program Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Maryam has worked and volunteered in the public and not-for profit sector for over a decade, including the Peel Children's Water Festival, Rouge Park, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Prior to coming to the Foundation, she worked on Parks and Recreation issues for eight years and has visited campgrounds all over Canada and USA. She has also volunteered on municipal committees and local campaigns while living in York Region.

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The Legal Angle

What is the law and how does it impact campgrounds.

David C.K. Tang, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

David Tang practises in the area of municipal, land development and planning. He appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board, the Assessment Review Board and in the courts to obtain court and planning decisions like rezonings, Official Plan Amendments and Committee of Adjustment decisions. He deals regularly with provincial and municipal governments, representing developers, citizens and municipalities. Mr. Tang has taught the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario Municipal Land Law course, writes and is quoted regularly.

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The Municipality’s Perspective

How the legislation affects them and how they implement it.

Don Sinclair, General Manager, Development & Legal Services, Town of East Gwillimbury

Don Sinclair is the General Manager, Development & Legal Services for the Town of East Gwillimbury. He was the Director, Development Law at York Region when the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt plans came into effect. He has a Degree in Urban Planning from University of Waterloo and a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall at York University. He has also worked in the planning department for the cities of Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Vaughan.

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A Conservation Authority’s Perspective

How the legislation affects them and how they implement it.

Jackie Burkart, Senior Planner, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Jackie Burkart is a geological technician and has been with the Lake Simcoe Region Conversation Authority since 2005. Previously she worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources in a variety of roles and worked as a planner for Municipal Affairs and House.

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