Past Events

2008 Canadian Stand Alone Program - May 15, 2008

IMLA In Canada!

Trends and Foes: Managing Change and Risk in Municipal Law


WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 2008  

WHERE: The Holiday Inn on King, 370 King St. West, Toronto, ON

(NEW! - APRIL 2, 2008) - Program - Now Available!

(NEW! - APRIL 2, 2008) - This program has now been accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada towards the professional development requirement for certification in the specialty area of municipal law (intermediate level) for SIX hours of credit.


Program Co-Chair – John Mascarin (Aird & Berlis, LLP)

Program Co-Chair – Anna Kinastowski (City Solicitor, City of Toronto)

Litigation and Liability

Avoiding the Pitfalls– Regulating Outdoor Advertising and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Chris WILLIAMS (Aird & Berlis, LLP)

Minimizing Liability Challenges – Spills, Contamination, and Odours – Marc McAREE (Willms & Shier, LLP)

Regulatory Negligence: Negligence with or Without a Difference?–Daron L. EARTHY (Loopstra Nixon, LLP)

Planning and Land Use

Acquisition of Lands and Expropriation Update – Kelly YERXA (O’Connor Macleod Hanna LLP)

National Trends in Planning and Zoning: An Overview – Bill BUHOLZER (Lidstone Young Anderson)

The Environment

Greening the Municipal Code - A Potpourri of Environmental Issues – Graham REMPE (City of Toronto)

Municipal Regulation of Vehicle Idling – Steve PHIPPS (City of Edmonton)

Navigating Municipal Issues

Ministry/Municipality Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) Respecting Mutual Cooperation: The Current Canadian Experience – Leo LONGO (Aird & Berlis)

Municipalities and The Duty to Accommodate – Heather CRISP (City of Toronto)

In addition, there will be a Cocktail Reception hosted by the law firm of Aird & Berlis, LLP after the presentations for all speakers and attendees. We are coordinating the Seminar to enable attendees to attend the May 16 meeting, in Toronto, of the Municipal Law Departments Association of Ontario meeting. The MLDAO Web site is at

COST (All Rates in USA Dollars)

$300 (members); $600 (nonmembers) March 22 to March 31, 2008

$325 (members); $650 (nonmembers) April 1 to April 30, 2008

$350 (members); $700 (nonmembers) May 1 onwards.(All amounts shown are in US$).

HOTEL The event hotel is located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s entertainment district. The Holiday Inn on King is offering attendees a discounted rate of $159 plus tax/night (single or double) for anyone wishing to stay overnight. For information on hotel room availability and reservations, please contact the Holiday Inn on King at (416) 599-4000, or toll-free at 1-800-263-6364. When making your reservation, please refer to "IMLA8" to get the IMLA rate.

IMLA Thanks Our Event Sponsors, Aird & Berlis LLP and O'Connor Macleod Hanna, LLP! 

Aird & Berlis LLP

Aird & Berlis LLP is a prominent law firm in Toronto. The members of the well-recognized Municipal and Land Use Planning Group devote their practice exclusively to matters relating to municipal law, land use planning and development law, acting on behalf of numerous municipalities and local government entities as well as private sector clients. The lawyers in the Municipal and Land Use Planning Group appear regularly before all levels of the Ontario Courts and various tribunals on land use matters including, most predominantly, the Ontario Municipal Board.  The Municipal and Land Use Planning Group lawyers are acknowledged experts in their fields, having written the leading texts on the Municipal Act, 2001, the Planning Act, the Building Code Act, 1992 and, most recently, on the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The firm website is


O'Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP

The Municipal Law Group of O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP has many years of experience representing public sector clients on a full range of municipal, planning and environmental law issues, including: subdivision and condominium processing and e-registration; drafting of by-laws and policies, and by-law enforcement; land use planning and development; representation before the Ontario Municipal Board, other tribunals, and the courts; building and fire code issues; municipal liability; real estate transactions; environmental standards and approvals; expropriation; procurement; municipal tax sales, and more. The firm website is

For additional information or if you have questions, please e-mail or call IMLA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone (202) 466 5424.

All rates in US dollars.