Ministry of the Environment announces Environmental Review Tribunal appointments

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Ministry of the Environment announces Environmental Review Tribunal appointments

TORONTO, July 29 - Environment Minister Laurel Broten today announced two appointments to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). Jerry DeMarco has been appointed vice-chair for a three-year period. DeMarco was called to the Ontario bar in 1996 and has been practicing exclusively in the area of environmental law for the past eight years; he also has a master's degree in environmental studies, with a focus in integrated environmental planning. Between 1996 and 2004, DeMarco worked as a staff lawyer and managing lawyer for the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, and appeared before tribunals and all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. DeMarco has written for a number of legal publications including The Canadian Bar Review and The Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. Bruce Pardy has been appointed a part-time member for a three-year term. Pardy is an associate professor at the law school at Queen's University, where he was the associate dean from 2002 to 2004, and has chaired the Queen's University Student Appeal Board. Pardy has taught environmental law for over 12 years in Canada, the United States and New Zealand, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990. He has contributed to numerous law journals and reviews including, The Pace Environmental Law Review, The Journal of Business Administration and Policy Analysis and The Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. The Environmental Review Tribunal'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, 1993. Disponible en fran├žais www.ene.gov.on.caFor further information: John Steele, Ministry of the Environment, (416) 314-6666