National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

March 08, 2005 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy


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FOR: NATIONAL ROUND TABLE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY

MARCH 8, 2005 - 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: National Round Table on the
Environment and the Economy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - Write Off Back Taxes
and Remove Crown Liens to Secure Financing for the Redevelopment of
Qualifying Urban Contaminated Sites Says National Round Table on the
Environment and the Economy



What: Many urban contaminated sites (brownfields) are delinquent in
their municipal property tax payments because they are
abandoned or have no financially viable owners. They are
difficult to sell because of the deteriorated conditions of
both land and buildings. Left vacant they are prone to
vandalism and become a burden on municipal governments
- drawing resources in the form of police, fire and inspection
services. As well, these properties are often encumbered by
outstanding federal and provincial crown liens that any new
purchaser must pay. This creates a financial barrier that
can render a local redevelopment unfeasible. Removal of back
taxes and crown liens could be the deciding factor in the
financial viability of a redevelopment project.

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
(NRTEE) and the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) will co-
host a day-long workshop to develop effective, practical
recommendations for the federal and provincial governments to
encourage redevelopment of qualifying brownfield sites through
the removal of liens and tax arrears. Workshop participants
include representatives from the federal, provincial and
municipal governments and urban/brownfields specialists.

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Stanley Room, Minto Suites Hotel
433 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

Who: Angus Ross, Chair, Advisory Panel, Canadian Brownfields
Network and former Chair of the NRTEE's National Brownfield
Redevelopment Strategy Task Force will be chairing the
workshop and will be available for interviews.


The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) is
an independent advisory body that provides advice to governments and
others on the integration of the economy and the environment. Our
members are distinguished Canadians appointed by the Prime Minister of
Canada. They represent a broad range of sectors, including business,
labour, academia, environmental organizations and Aboriginal groups.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    NRTEE
    Kelly Bagg
    Communications Advisor
    (613) 947-0664 or (613) 447-8519 (Cellular)
    (613) 992-7385 (FAX)
    baggk@nrtee-trnee.ca