August 1, 2005

Legal experts named to Ontario ERT

TORONTO, ONT-Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten has appointed two experts in environmental law to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). Lawyer Jerry DeMarco has been appointed vice-chair for a three-year period. DeMarco has been practising exclusively in the area of environmental law for the past eight years, as a staff lawyer and managing lawyer for the Sierra Legal Defence Fund. He also has a master's degree in environmental studies, with a focus in integrated environmental planning. Bruce Pardy has been appointed a part-time member for a three-year term. Pardy, an associate professor at the law school at Queen's University, has taught environmental law for over 12 years in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. At Queen's, he was the associate dean from 2002 to 2004, and has chaired the university's Student Appeal Board. The ERT's primary role is adjudicating applications and appeals under various environmental and planning statutes. The tribunal hears applications and appeals under various statutes, including the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act and the Pesticides Act, and leave to appeal applications under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

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