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Legal Guide

The object of all planning legislation in Canada is to regulate the use and development of land in an orderly and controlled way. Wide ranges of planning functions exist in the provinces involving the private sector, and both local and regional municipalities. To encourage maximum efficiency and output, plans of subdivision and site and development plans are made with regard to the provision of municipal services, such as water, transportation and emergency services. Municipal planning is constructed around a comprehensive official plan and through the implementation of zoning by-laws, which are commonly based on community and district plans containing a variety of uses. Through various forms of studies, planners examine changes in the population, the economic base and social characteristics of the community that may lead to the need to formulate new plans for revitalization, preservation or use change in urban areas.

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by Margot Patterson

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Environment Canada issues Hydrofluorocarbon reporting requirement

by Nalin Sahni

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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

by Andy Pushalik

In an interesting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer is not liable for discriminatory and harassing texts sent by a rogue employee to another of its workers.

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