Practice Highlights

Stephen’s practice is centred on municipal, planning, environmental and expropriation law. He regularly appears before municipal councils, tribunals (such as the Ontario Municipal Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal) and Courts on behalf of municipalities, public agencies and institutions, land developers and ratepayers’ associations. His portfolio includes a wide  range of matters including Federal and Provincial environmental assessments, approvals related to landfills, telecommunication structures, Municipal and wide  area fiber optic and wireless networks (MAN’s  and WAN’s), permissions for electric generating facilities, real estate  development, compensation for land expropriations, conflict of interest, and related litigation.


  • Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • The Canadian Bar Association – Municipal and Environmental Law Sections
  • Public Affairs Association of Canada
  • Ontario Expropriation Association

Additional Information

In addition to his legal training, Stephen also acted as an assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau from 1978-80 and as a consultant to Premier David R. Peterson of Ontario.

*Stephen Joseph D’Agostino Law Professional Corporation

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  • Metrolinx expropriates Toronto family’s Eglinton Ave. property

    CBC News | Stephen D'Agostino comments | June 2, 2015

    “In a situation where you’re dealing with a piece of land, for example, where the owner has moved away, where there’s been neglect of the property, that sort of thing you might expect a newspaper notice,” D’Agostino said. “But not when there’s an active business on the property.” View source article.    For more information … Continued
  • Hope for businesses affected by construction to get money back

    Global News | April 8, 2015

  • As Fords exit mayor’s office, conflict probes intensify

    CBC News | November 24, 2014

    When Toronto city councillors were debating a zoning change in 2011, Doug Ford withdrew from the discussion because it could have affected a property leased by packaged-meats giant Maple Leaf Foods — a major client of his family printing business.

    View source article. 

  • Does the city of Toronto have a case against Uber?

    Breakfast Television | November 19, 2014

  • Don’t like your councillor? Most Torontonians want recall legislation | October 20, 2014

    TORONTO –After years of gridlock, transit delays and scandals, a large majority of Torontonians want recall legislation, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll done exclusively for Global News. Eighty-seven per cent of the 1,252 polled by Ipsos Reid agreed Torontonians should be able to remove politicians from office if they don’t have confidence in … Continued
  • John Tory’s airport dilemma: Would conflict of interest keep him out of the debate? | October 9, 2014

  • Torontonians split on value of tax dollars – but should we pay more? | October 1, 2014

  • Markham tackles static over cell towers | May 22, 2014

  • Frank Meyers’ expropriated farm hosts rally third day in a row | By Erika Tucker, Stephen D'Agostino comments | January 14, 2014

    TORONTO – Supporters have gathered for a third consecutive day, demanding 85-year-old Ontario farmer Frank Meyers be able to keep farmland expropriated by the Canadian government. The “Save Frank & Marjorie Meyers Farm” Facebook group was updated Tuesday by creator Lisa Gibson, who posted the farm’s address early in the morning in the hopes of … Continued
  • Demolition to begin on Frank Meyers’ farm amid claims of government bullying | by Erika Tucker, Stephen D'Agostino comments | January 13, 2014

    Farmer Frank Meyers is claiming he still owns his family’s farmland because his expropriation agreement with the government was signed under duress. When confronted with Meyers’ accusations of bullying, Public Works spokesperson Pierre-Alain Bujold said only that the government has reached an agreement with the Meyers family regarding compensation for their expropriated land “after lengthy … Continued
  • File Fact: Expropriation rights in Canada | by Erika Tucker, Stephen D'Agostino comments | January 13, 2014

    Expropriation is the rule by which the government is allowed to take your land against your will for compensation, said municipal lawyer Stephen D’Agostino. It goes back to confederation in the British Empire, back to the Magna Carta, ” he said in a November interview. “Most levels of government try to buy the land in … Continued
  • Video: Feds expropriate elderly farmer’s family land | by Jennifer Tryon, Stephen D'Agostino asked to comment | November 28, 2013

    85-year-old Frank Meyers is fighting to keep the farm that has been in his family for 215 years, as the Department of Defense wants it for DFB Trenton.

    View media source.


  • Video: Is Ford’s power loss legal? | November 19, 2013

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  • Mayor Rob Ford’s possible legal action against council could be difficult: expert | November 15, 2013

  • Elderly farmer fights for 215-yr-old land lost to feds | by Erika Tucker, Stephen D'Agostino comments | November 13, 2013

    The family of 85-year-old Frank Meyers has owned and farmed his land for 215 years, but he’s been threatened with losing it to the Canadian government for the last seven. “I’m just trying to hold my ground and keep it,” he said. “I’m not giving them an inch.” . . . But municipal lawyer Stephen … Continued
  • Ford considering treatment | November 8, 2013

    Ford’s lawyer Dennis Morris says the mayor is seriously thinking about undergoing treatment for substance abuse. Morris told The Globe and Mail Ford is considering his options, in light of the a new video that surfaced yesterday, showing him extremely inebriated and spewing death threats. View media source.
  • Video: Ford Scandal | November 7, 2013

  • Video: Legal Options for Mayor Rob Ford | November 7, 2013

  • Fishing trip raises question of conflict for chief, police board | November 6, 2013

  • Will Mayor Rob Ford’s crack cocaine admission remove him from office? Probably Not. | November 5, 2013

    • Municipal Conflict of Interest and Reputation Management

      May 25, 2009

      Conflict of interest and reputation management are important topics for municipal Councilors in Ontario. The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act contains strict rules regulating a Councilor’s participation in matters in which they have a direct or indirect pecuniary interest. Councilors who offend the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act face significant consequences including the risk of … Continued