- people feel they don’t have a meaningful voice in the process
- more weight should be given to municipal decisions
- OMB decisions are unpredictable
- hearings cost too much and take too long
- there are too many hearings; more mediation should be used.”
*“The most interesting discussion has to do with scope. Scope in terms of which matters end up coming before the Board, and which don’t, as well as the nature of the Board’s review of those matters — whether the Board continues to deal with these matters de novo (by considering the same issue that was before the initial decider fresh); or whether its authority is restricted in some way, giving the municipality’s or province’s decision more weight.”
There’s probably a slim hope that when this review is complete we will see any meaningful measure of control pass back from this unelected tribunal to those we elect. Even if I am wrong, whether this will apply to Bolton’s and other cultural heritage plans already in the OMB’s pipeline seems a an awful lot to hope for.
by Ian Keith Anderson