This case was heard in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
In 1999, Parker Mountain Aggregates (“Parker”) secured an approval to operate a quarry in Bloomington, Nova Scotia. When Parker applied for a renewal of that permit ten years later, the Department of Environment suspended the approval on the basis that Parker was now operating the quarry beyond the area that had originally been approved. When Parker appealed the Department’s decision, the Minister of Environment dismissed the appeal. Parker then appealed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, arguing that it had been denied procedural fairness during the Minister’s decision-making processes.
Several residents from Bloomington filed a motion to be added as Respondent parties to Parker’s appeal. After considering the relevant law and legal principles, the Court held that the residents had met the relevant legal tests and should be added as Respondents in the proceedings.
To read about later decisions related to this case, go to Parker Mountain Aggregates Ltd. v. Nova Scotia (Environment), 2011 NSSC 134 (CanLII) and Parker Mountain Aggregates Ltd. v. Nova Scotia (Environment), 2012 NSSC 26 (CanLII).