These are the two legal challenges in 2015:
- Statement of Claim in Ontario Superior Court of Justice: Dated November 2014, this claim was filed on behalf of Stacy Amikwabi, five Algonquin groups, and an Algonquin hunting party. It covers traditional lands that include Albert and Chaudière Islands and the Chaudière Falls in the Ottawa River.View a copy online: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1875824-statement-of-claim.html
The defendants named in the claim are: Attorney General of Canada, the Attorney General of Ontario, the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO), Windmill Development Group Ltd., Domtar Inc., National Capital Commission (NCC), and the Corporation of the City of Ottawa. A hearing on motions is set for July 13–14, 2015 in Toronto, ON.
- Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board: Five individuals are appealing the City of Ottawa’s October 2014 planning committee vote to rezone of Chaudière and Albert Islands from parkland to mixed use commercial/residential. The appellants are: Douglas Cardinal, Larry McDermott, Romola Thumbadoo, Richard Jackman, and Lindsay Lambert. Windmill Development Group (described as consultants to the City of Ottawa) and the City of Ottawa will defend the rezoning plan. A pre-hearing consultation of the OMB was held June 3-4, 2015 in Ottawa, with details available here. The case was adjourned to August 17-19, 2015 in Ottawa. In the interim, cross-examination of a witness by the appellants is occurring and the Chair of the OMB, who preferred not to attend this cross-examination, will receive a transcript of the proceedings before the appeal case resumes in August.