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December 1, 2004
City of Toronto makes recommendations of change to Ontario Heritage Act
  
Today during the Ontario Legislature's Justice Policy Committee hearing,
Councillor Kyle Rae, (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) delivered
recommendations regarding proposed amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act, on
behalf of the City of Toronto.

The City supports the provisions outlined in Bill 60 (Ontario Heritage Act),
which allow for stronger demolition control, allowance for heritage maintenance
standards and increased protection for Heritage Conservation Districts.
However, the City's main concern is the proposal to exempt all property owned
by the province and as yet unnamed "prescribed public bodies" from municipal
control.

The Province proposes to replace the existing municipal process which is open
to the public and accountable with in-house reviews using guidelines that the
government may or may not develop at some point in the future.

"The City is recommending that rather than exempt the Province and other
agencies, they should be made specifically subject to Part IV and V of the Act,
therefore allowing these sites to be controlled municipally. This would achieve
the Province's stated objective of heritage preservation better than the
provincial proposals," says Councillor Rae.

Rita Davies, Executive Director of Culture adds, "With this recommended change
to the Minister's proposals, nothing would prevent the Province from properly
caring for its own heritage buildings, even if they are reviewed by the City
under the Heritage Act."

Amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act have passed the second reading stage and
are expected to be enacted into law in late 2004 or early 2005.


Media Contacts:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Culture Division, 416-397-5323
Economic Development Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
416-560-8726



 

 

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