Ontario cities in limbo

  • July 20, 2023
  • Melanie Benedict

Municipalities lack the constitutional power to implement a CETA-compliant bid dispute mechanism.

Municipal Law

Finding sustainable institutional reform for municipal lobbyist registration in Canada

  • February 13, 2017
  • Patrick J. Smith

Democratic transparency has moved to a new waterfront over the past few decades. The public’s right to know — and accountability to that public — has become a broader expectation. It has expanded to the regulation of lobbying of those involved in more senior levels of governing, and this wave of reform continues, increasingly, into local governing. This article offers some lessons from Canadian provinces on how to set up a municipal lobbying regulation regime.

Municipal Law

Did Catalyst (2012) really signal a break from Dunsmuir?

  • July 08, 2015
  • Edward Brook

Did the Supreme Court ruling in Catalyst Paper Corp v. North Cowichan (District) signal a special standard of review for municipalities? Some say it did, but Edward Brook would beg to differ…

Municipal Law

Term limits for municipal council members

  • July 08, 2014
  • Leo F. Longo

In this paper, presented at the International Municipal Lawyers Association in San Francisco last fall, Municipal Law Section chair Leo Longo, of Aird & Berlis, points out that no Canadian municipalities have set…

Municipal Law