EXPERIENCE

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Morley A. Rosenberg

Born: April 18 1937  Montreal, Quebec

  • Raised in Hamilton, Ontario

  • Has lived in Toronto 36 years

  • Married

  • 3 Children, 2 Stepchildren, 10 Grandchildren

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Key Work Experience

  • Occupation: Lawyer

  • Carried on a General Legal Practice in Kitchener for 18 years

  • Moved to Toronto in 1983 when appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board

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Elected Municipal Experience

  • 1968 –1976  Elected City Councillor for the City of Kitchener - served for 9 years

  • Chairman of Planning Committee for 9 years while City Councillor

  • 1977 – 1982 Elected Mayor of the City of Kitchener - served for 6 years

  • 1973 – 1982 – Served as a Council Member of the Region of Waterloo for 10 years

During 15 years as an Elected Representative:

  • Only Alderman who fought to save Old City Hall and Kitchener Market 

  • Encouraged Neighborhood Groups and individuals to become involved in the Planning Process
    - Set up secondary plans and had all interested parties (i.e. Planning Staff, Developer, and Ratepayers) sit down and work out acceptable compromises

  • Initiated counselling services for City Hall Employees (who had domestic, drinking or drug problems) in order to reduce high rate of absenteeism

  • Introduced Ward System to the City of Kitchener

  • As a Member of the Grand River Conservation Authority – fought to prevent the building of a bridge over the Elora Gorge. Court Case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada (Mid-70’s) 

  • Introduced in mid 1970’s – Recycling in Kitchener  (the first recycling in Canada) – now most cities have a “Blue Box” program, following Kitchener’s example
     

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Ontario Municipal Board

  • Appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board on January 2nd, 1983 - 2002 (served as a Board Member for 20 years)

  • Initiated Mediation and Settlement Approach to Assessment, Expropriation and Planning Appeals

  • Had parties exchange information as early as possible in proceedings

  • Encouraged discussion of possible settlement and compromise positions. Helped refine process for quicker, more efficient decisions

  • Extensive mediation experience at the Board for over 20 years, resolved disputes between Cities, Developers, Ratepayers and other interested third parties

  • Used the benefit of 15 years as an elected official and 20 years in a quasi-judicial role to resolve disputes and eliminate Board hearings

  • Extensive experience in land use planning matters, Expropriation, Development Charges, Assessment and Joint Board hearings with the Environmental Assessment Board (i.e. Administrative and Municipal)


 

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Committee of Adjustment City of Toronto (North York)

  • Served as a member 2011-2014

  • Approved by Toronto City Council to be Alternate Member 2004 -2006

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Previous Leadership Initiatives and Roles

  • Founding member of the Kitchener Waterloo Bilingual School 

  • Member of Grand River Conservation Authority

  • Senate Member of University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University

  • Founding member of Temple Shalom – a reform Jewish Temple in Kitchener-Waterloo 

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 Background and Education

  • Graduated from  Westdale Collegiate High School in 1956

  • Attended Waterloo College (University of Western Ontario) and obtained a B.A. in 1960

  • Majored in Political Science and played intercollegiate football, basketball and golf

  • Graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1963

  • Called to the Ontario Bar in 1965

  • Appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 1978

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