Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities (NVCA) vs the Gilmors Update by Tom Black

Published May 2, 2016

Tom Black

Hello folks,

For those of you who have been following the court case involving the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities (NVCA) vs the Gilmors, here is where we are at.

The NVCA have appealed the Gilmors win, and will now go to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Gilmors are not hiring a lawyer and will defend themselves. The Ontario Landowners Association has hired Arkadi Bouchelev, the Gilmors former lawyer who won the case, and have applied for intervenor status. Now Conservation Ontario have applied for intervenor status as well. The latest news as of last week, is that the MNR has also applied for intervenor status and will be funding both the NVCA and Conservation Ontarios cases. It would seem that this case has struck a very serious nerve with these government organizations since it would result in all of them having to return to their original mandate as was the intent of their creation, if this case stands.

4 Responses to “Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities (NVCA) vs the Gilmors Update by Tom Black”

  1. Steve May 20, 2017

    The decision is due to be release Tuesday.

  2. Karen Mahon February 24, 2017

    Anything yet on the Gilmore vs Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Legal Case?

  3. Karen May 21, 2016

    Hello: I am looking for some guidance about challenging a local building bylaw. I own a piece of rural property on Simcoe Island, Ontario. I purchased the property about 15 years ago. At that time, there was no minimum size for building a primary building/dwelling. My neighbour built a cabin that was about 300 square feet. I was going to build something of a similar size. Then the building code was changed about 12 years ago, and now a primary building/dwelling must have be a minimum of 950 square feet. According to the building inspector, that means a footprint of 950 square feet, although some local residents/builders have told me that it means a total living space of 950 square feet, and that up to one third can be a covered exterior deck. At any rate, that is still bigger than I want to build, and so I am looking for ways to challenge the local rules, and if you have any suggestions or information, I would be grateful.

  4. Jean May 16, 2016

    Honestly cannot believe this is still ongoing, but when I look at the parties involved, it sadly does not surprise. So sorry for the Gilmors.

    I hope the case stands and the NVCA and MNR are admonished for dragging this out as long as they have. I hope they have to pay costs and leave the Gilmors alone. I hope they go back to their original mandates and leave law-abiding, tax-paying property owners alone.

    We have to take a stand on this. Ontario’s Crown land represents 85% of the province. They have enough land to mismanage as it is.


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