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The Ossington moratorium appears to have been lifted

Posted by Derek Flack / November 9, 2010

Ossington Moratorium liftedAlthough there's been no formal announcement, signs point to the fact that the moratorium on new restaurants and bars on Ossington has been lifted. The first report to this effect came earlier today from Post City, who spoke with William Tavares, co-owner of Salt Wine Bar. According to their report, Joe Pantalone had recently called the hard-hit restaurateur to let him know that ban had finally come to an end.

Just to make sure, I called Salt to confirm the information, and Tavaraes, during what sounded like a busy dinner service, told me the same thing -- Joey Pants himself had delivered the good news.

Now, it's important to note that I've yet to get official confirmation from the City or the deputy mayor, but a little digging on the Ontario Municipal Board's website reveals that the November 22 hearing on the "Ossington Avenue Restaurant Study" has been cancelled and the case has been formally closed.

Ossington Bar Ban OverGiven that this hearing was the reason that the ban had remained in effect past the initially scheduled end date of May 2010, the fact that it is no longer on the books is a strong corroboration of Tavares comments. As to why the hearing has been cancelled, Post City writes that "the four parties that opposed the bylaw -- three of which were owners of units on Ossington -- withdrew their challenge from before the Ontario Municipal Board on October 12."

It's pretty amazing that this development has been sitting around unreported for almost a month. I doubt, however, that this'll dampen the spirits of the folks at Salt, who have stuck it out throughout the duration of the moratorium, which hopefully really is over and done.



M / November 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm
If it is true that the ICBL has been lifted, Ossington will be free for at least three years, as per the Planning Act, s. 38(7):

"Where an interim control by-law ceases to be in effect, the council of the municipality may not for a period of three years pass a further interim control by-law that applies to any lands to which the original interim control by-law applied."
thesunshining / November 10, 2010 at 09:21 am
Hi, today is a beautiful day in my life. I saw a first snow in this year and I save this photo for all people in the World!
jay / November 10, 2010 at 09:27 am
Welcome to a new and friendlier city under rob ford. Expect more relief from these kinds of problems coming soon. I can't wait until our city returns to a normalized state where people can do business, live and enjoy themselves without the city hammering down on them at every corner.

Amazing news!
meme / November 10, 2010 at 09:41 am
Jay, did you not read the article? Joe Pantalone and the Miller administration was responsible for cancelling the hearing. Actually, it was cancelled because the people who filed the complaint withdrew. Rob Ford isn't actually in power until December 1st. And he's not responsible for the current budget surplus either. Do you Ford people actually ever think about what you're saying?

Or is the Ford campaign continueing with it's fake internet posts?
Matthew / November 10, 2010 at 10:20 am
Jay's comment smacks of propaganda. It's well written and positive and even made me feel optimistic when I read it, though it's based on a complete lie.
I find it hard to believe that a person who could put those words together would be stupid enough to actually believe what he or she is saying. I think the author knows that Ford had nothing to do with this and is misleading deliberately.
Reg replying to a comment from jay / November 10, 2010 at 10:30 am
Oh Hai Queen's Quay Karen!
Justin Bernard / November 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Jay's comment would fit in perfectly in the Sun, or Star comment section. All spin, and little facts. A Ford supporter would eat it up.
Mike W replying to a comment from Justin Bernard / November 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I guess you've never actually spoken to a Ford supporter then?
Matt replying to a comment from Mike W / November 12, 2010 at 04:55 pm
Who can blame him? The amount of time you've got to spend on the TTC just to get to a Ford supporter from the heart of downtown is shameful. Thank God the mayor's got a great plan to fix it!
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