Is there Planning Law or just City Politics?

Conference on Municipalities and Land Use Planning

January 13, 2012

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Faculty Lounge, Flavelle House
(78 Queen's Park, ground floor)


8:30 – Registration, coffee and breakfast

9:15 – Welcome and Introduction

  • Mayo Moran – Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Ed Morgan – Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

9:45 – 11:00 – Design, politics, and prominent city lands

  • Richard Sommer – Dean, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Univ. of Toronto
  • Paul Bedford – University of Toronto Cities Centre, former chief planner for City of Toronto
  • Sheldon Levitt – Principal, Quadrangle Architects Limited

11:15 – 12:30 – City council, the OMB, and the courts

  • Stan Makuch – Makuch & Associates, adjunct professor of Law and Planning, Univ. of Toronto
  • Patrick Devine – Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
  • Ed Morgan – Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch and Keynote

  • David Miller – Counsel, Aird & Berlis, former mayor of City of Toronto

2:15 – 3:30 – Law, ethics, and municipal government

  • William McDowell – Partner, Lenczner Slaght, Commission counsel for Mississauga inquiry
  • Don Jack – Partner, Heenan Blaikie
  • Lorne Sossin – Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School, former Ethics Comm’r for City of Toronto

3:45 – 5:00 – Cities, history, and the powers of the state

  • Mariana Valverde – Professor, Dept. of Criminology, University of Toronto
  • Tom Urbaniak – Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of Cape Breton
  • Markus Dubber – Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

5:00 – Cocktail reception

This conference was live-blogged here: (hashtag #poliplan)

Media coverage: "Is there Planning Law or just City Politics?", Spacing Toronto

This conference was accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada for 1 hour of Professionalism credits and for 6.5 hours in Substantive CPD credits.