OMB: Local Planning Appeal Support Centre Now Open

17 04 2018

From the provincial government:


Local Planning Appeal Support Centre Now Open

April 11, 2018 – Toronto

Last week, Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Support Centre opened its doors to the public for the first time.  The centre’s role is to help people understand and navigate the land use planning and appeal process.

“People know that what gets built in their community affects their quality of life, but they often don’t know how to influence those decisions,” explains board chair, Anna Pace. “The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre can help bridge that gap.”

People with a question about the land use planning process or an appeal can get in touch with the centre using the contact information below. The centre is open from Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The centre is an independent agency of the Ontario government, accountable to a board of directors. It was created under the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017.

Chair Anna Pace has held senior roles at Metrolinx, the TTC and the City of Toronto. She is joined by board member Mark Leach. Mary Lee is the centre’s executive director and Mark Christie is the manager-registrar. For more information about Anna Pace and the rest of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre’s leadership team, visit the centre’s website.

Contact the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre

OMB Changes: Town Hall Discussion with the Honorable Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre)

6 03 2018

From the Honorable Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre) and Attorney General:


As you know, our government recently passed the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017. This legislation replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will help ensure that proceedings before the tribunal are faster, fairer and more affordable.

We want to make sure that we do everything possible to give people a stronger voice in the planning of their own communities. So, I am pleased to invite you to a town hall discussion on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa.

I am looking forward to sharing an update on the legislation, and hearing your questions and feedback. If you would like to participate in this session, or need more information, please contact Ben Charlebois by email at

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Yasir Naqvi

MPP, Ottawa Centre

Attorney General

Celebration 2010

3 11 2009

A message from Yasir Naqvi MPP, Ottawa Centre


Celebration 2010 is a Community Sports Hero Award Program to recognize and honour the “unsung heroes” of community sport and recreation: coaches, association members, trainers, conveners, fundraisers, drivers, chaperones, etc, in the spirit of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It is a local initiative, with every Ottawa MPP accepting nominations.

Perhaps it is the individual who has been going out when it’s 30 below to flood the community rink for the past decade; or someone who has been the convener of Little League baseball for 25 years. These volunteers are the backbone of community sports and recreation in Ontario and contribute immeasurably to the development and experience of athletes of all ages and levels of competitiveness.

Award recipients will be invited along with their families to attend a reception in Ottawa in the New Year and will be presented with a recognition certificate signed by the Premier of Ontario and a specially minted, limited edition Celebration 2010 medal. Only 25 recipients will be selected from Ottawa Centre and the deadline for nominations is November 13, 2009.

I encourage you and members of your organization to submit nominations for this award in less than 500 words to: Office of Yasir Naqvi, 411 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 204, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3X9, or

Please be sure to include your contact information and the contact information of the nominee in your nomination. I look forward to receiving nominations for this award program. Please feel free to pass this along to your friends, family and colleagues.


Bill 106 – Safer Communities

4 03 2009

This email came in from Crime Prevention Ottawa:

Crime Prevention Ottawa is advocating for the passage of Bill106, better known as Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods legislation, to help deal with the significant public disorder and community deterioration caused by crack houses and other problem properties. For more information please see:

We are asking for your help to email your support to members of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, the Attorney General of Ontario, and the Premier. Below and attached are the email addresses and a suggested letter.


Draft Letter


I am writing to you to urge you to support Bill 106, the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Act. Crack houses, booze cans and other persistent, criminal, problem properties undermine a neighbourhood by generating public disorder, fear and insecurity. Current solutions – enforcement measures based on current criminal, civil and by-laws are slow, expensive, cumbersome and not always successful. Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods legislation has been proven to work very well in other provinces. SCAN focuses on working with owners and landlords of problem properties to have the specified activities stop before any legal action is taken.

Bill 106 will not undermine tenants’ rights – it will support vulnerable tenants who are, for example, living in terror of their drug-dealing neighbours. Currently to obtain an eviction for illegal acts under the Residential Tenancies Act, a landlord has to conduct their own investigation and bring eye-witness testimony to the Landlord and Tenant Board. Tenants and neighbours are often understandably reluctant to testify against pimps and drug dealers because they feel truly threatened. Landlords may not have the requisite skills and resources for such investigations.

I want to assure you that SCAN will be a responsible and accountable piece of legislation. Since SCAN will be operationalized by municipal employees, it will be subject to the oversight of elected City Councils who will be able to evaluate its effectiveness.

Drugs and addictions are significant issues in Ontario communities. SCAN is an additional “tool” that municipalities can use to deal with persistent problem properties in a toolbox that includes other enforcement measures, prevention, treatment and community services.

We have worked with our community partners and Mr. Naqvi to develop this legislation because we feel it will give our neighbourhoods the tools to create safe and healthy communities. We ask for your support of Bill 106 so that we can continue this work.

Thank you for your consideration.


Posting of the Draft Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Regulation

15 11 2008

A message from our MPP, Yasir Naqvi:

Dear Friends,

As you know, on June 18, 2008, the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act was passed in the Ontario Legislature.

I am proud of this Act because it takes a prudent approach to reduce potential risk, especially to the most vulnerable members of our society, from the cosmetic uses of pesticides. Cosmetic uses are unnecessary and there are alternatives to conventional pesticides to manage pests on lawns, and in gardens and parks.

Over the summer, our government consulted with stakeholders about the specifics of the ban. During the development of the draft regulation, consideration was given to the specific products proposed to be banned for sale and use.

The Ministry of the Environment has developed a draft regulation, which was posted on the Environmental Registry (EBR Registry Number: 010-5080) on November 7 for a period of 45 days. In particular, the public is being asked to comment on:

  • the proposed lists of pesticides (products and ingredients) banned for use and banned or restricted for sale;
  • the rules for pesticide use on golf courses; and
  • the exceptions to the ban for public health or safety reasons.

It is proposed that the province-wide ban would take effect in spring 2009, once the regulation is finalized.

I encourage you to visit to review the draft regulations and post your comments. You can also visit for more information on the proposed legislation.

Thank you for your continued input and support of this important initiative. Please do not hesitate to contact my community office if you would like any additional information about this legislation, or any Government of Ontario program.


Mr. Yasir Naqvi, MPP
Ottawa Centre 

Community Office:
411 Roosevelt Ave, Suite 204
Ottawa ON K2A 3X9
T: 613 722 6414
F: 613 722 6703

Queen’s Park Office
77 Grenville Street, 10th floor
Toronto ON M5S 1B3
T: 416 327 4394
F: 416 327 4493

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