As of late there has been a movement, by some Municipalities, to forcibly implement mandatory hook-up to municipal sewer and/or municipal water systems. There is also a movement, by some rural Municipalities, to implement mandatory septic system updating/ upgrading.
There is nothing in the Municipal Act or any other Act which grants municipalities this authority, and there is nothing in the Municipal Act or any other Act to demand that private property owners (i) do/take either of these actions, or (ii) pay for this to be implemented on private property.
Under section 23 of the Municipal Act it states:
Agreements respecting private services
23. A municipality may enter into an agreement with any person to construct, maintain and operate a private road or a private water or sewage works, including fire hydrants. 2001, c. 25, s. 23.
And under Ontario Regulation 322/12 it states:
LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BY AGREEMENT
Purpose, Sufficient Agreements and By-Laws
Local improvements, private property 36.1 In accordance with this Part, a municipality may raise the cost of undertaking works as local improvements on private property by imposing special charges on the lots of consenting property owners upon which all or part of the works are or will be located.
Therefore, if the private property owner does not consent, there is no action that can be taken and no charges or fees, etc., that can be levied to move forward with “mandatory hook-up of municipal sewer and/or water”, and there can be no “mandatory implementation to instruct private property owners to pay for upgrades of septic systems.”
The only legislative authority the Municipalities have, in the Municipal Act regarding septic systems, is to license septic tank business operators, under business licencing. Any by-law created to demand mandatory upgrades and/or hook up is beyond the legislative authority of the Municipalities.
A municipality may make a by-law regarding these community improvements, if it is on property that belongs to the municipal corporation, as a "municipal property asset,", referred to in sections 10 and 11 s.s. (2) para. 4 – "Public assets of the municipality acquired for the purpose of exercising its authority under this or any other Act."
Perhaps the Municipal Councils need to re-read, either the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing "Councilor's Guide,", or the Ontario Landowners Association Councilor's Guide, so they fully understand the restrictions on their authority and that staff's recommendations may or may not be lawful.
We elect Municipal Councils to represent us and uphold the law, not staff recommendations. Passing by-laws, because they have been told they can, is not fulfilling their obligations under their oaths. They are to know and understand the law, and all restrictions on their authority.
Elizabeth F. Marshall,
Director of Research Ontario Landowners Association
Did you know there is a media black-out about ISDS, the “Investor State Dispute Settlement”, in the NAFTA negotiations. This week in Toronto, oil and gas company, Lone Pine Resources is using Chapter 11 of NAFTA to sue our government for over $100 million, over a temporary fracking ban under the St Lawrence River.
The ISDS rules in Chapter 11 give billionaire corporations special rights to sue governments, in shadowy international tribunals, for passing laws or policies that might reduce their expected profits.
Canada is already the most-sued country in the global north, because of NAFTA’s Chapter 11 ISDS rules. Most corporations sue us over our environmental regulations.
These rules let corporations undermine our democracy in the pursuit of profits, and should be removed. The NAFTA renegotiations offer an opportunity to put an end to these outrageous corporate lawsuits.
A lot is said, over what Trudeau's trip to Washington will mean for the future of NAFTA, but there’s been shockingly little coverage, by the media, about this lawsuit.
Could we as the public, stand up, get behind our negotiators and, support the removal of NAFTA's chapter 11 -ISDS, end big corporation's chance to sue and bully our government, to keep our the decision making for our beautiful country in our country.
E. Thimm, Prince Albert
Re: Dan Cearn’s Article about Youth Voice
Thank you Dan, for your article regarding Youth Voice. I have always believed that kids have a right to have a say in decisions made, that affect them, whether it’s about parental, educational or political issues. They see life from a different perspective and always come out with amazingly honest and interesting ideas and say what is on their mind. One example is when my son (age 9, approx. 10 years ago) stated that the kids here in Caesarea needed more to do and we should have a skateboard park. Well, I not only listened to him, but I heard what he was saying. After approval from our Township and 6 years of fundraising, the Designer of the skateboard park requested the kid’s voices to design what they wanted to see in their future park. The youth have spoken and the results have proven to be an example of what we can pull together when we include the “Youth Voices”. They matter!!
To The Editor,
I'm not sure whether to be amused or appalled by the controversy, over the difficulty the school bus is having, traveling up to the end of Church Street (Blackstock) road. We've lived here since 1970, and have seen numerous children picked up along this road every school year.
The garbage truck, snow plough, tractor trailers, and farm vehicles have no trouble navigating it, or turning around at its dead end. It's been suggested that the road is too narrow, but if this is the case half the rural roads in Durham are too.
In closing, I would be glad to offer my assistance, to go with and assist any driver having difficult turning their bus around. In the meantime, surely there's someone in the system that can apply common sense and sort this out.
An Open Letter to North Durham Residents:
On August 25th, 2017, the Port Perry hospital sustained damage from a fire that started during roofing construction. There has since been a suspension of services on site, while we work to make the necessary repairs.
We understand there has been concern from residents, who use the Port Perry hospital, and we wanted to take this opportunity to assure community members that we understand their frustrations, and are working to get the hospital operational again as soon as possible. Indeed, any assertion to the contrary is simply wrong.
While the physical damage to the built form of the hospital was moderate, the fire severely damaged the hospital’s mechanical systems, which are required for, the hospital to function safely and, staff to service patients properly. Hospital mechanical systems are extremely complex and unique, and repairing the systems to their full function requires significant work. Most of the systems need to be custom built, before they can be installed.
We realize the importance of delivering safe, local, quality care to the Port Perry community, and regret any inconveniences this has caused our patients, our staff, our community healthcare partners, and the community at large. We are committed to keeping the local community informed, as the project progresses, and we thank you in advance for your ongoing patience and understanding.
If members of the community have any questions they are always welcome to reach out to us directly, at PortPerryQuestions@lakeridgehealth.on.ca, or by calling the Port Perry Hotline, at 1-833-681-9840.
President and CEO
RE: Editorial September 21st, 2017 - Tax changes
Is it the government's role to reward risk? We all have a choice; it's an individual's choice to become whatever they choose to be, I don't believe that it is government's role to reward people with special tax laws for the choices we make. A good and fair tax policy is all that is required from the government. Income sprinkling, to family members not involved in the family business, is not fair. It's just a legitimate scam.
The only way, to make Canada's tax code fair for all, would be to put the current tax code through the paper shredder. The Government could start over, with a flat tax policy, with no special treatment for anyone.
All the Bureaucrats, Lawyers, Business people and Accountants, who created and are defending our complicated tax code, which is full of loop holes, could find another line of work.
Murray Blair, Ordinary Canadian
Letter to the Editor,
I'd like to know why the Liberals feel they have to change O Canada. Are they not proud to be Canadians? Do they not like our history? This is part of our heritage. I, for one, think they should leave it alone.
There are more pressing matters to contend with, such as, paying off our debt, looking after health care, trying to bring more jobs to Canada, etc. If this change to the anthem does get passed, how much is it going to cost Canadians? This will be more wasted tax payer money.
I am tired of the government wasting money, my tax money on non-sensible items. I understand this whole gender representation issue. But how far is to far?
How many people truly want to change O Canada, out of the whole population. Maybe for once, the Liberals could actually take a pole, to see how many Canadians are against it.
Can't wait for elections next year. I know who I'm not voting for.
Regards, S. Wilcox
Letter to the Editor,
Regarding Granville Anderson’s (MPP) letter to the residents of Durham, in the Sept. 14th issue of the Standard, where he wrote, “every household that pays for electricity in Durham saw an average of 25% reduction in their bills, starting with their July bills.”
Wow! My July bill was $86.51 and in Aug. it was $84.86, a huge saving of $1.65. That's only a change of 2%.
Would Mr. Anderson respond in a letter to the Editor, so that we might have a right understanding.
On Oct 2nd, a 62 year old man named Stephan Paddock opened fire in Las Vegas, late Sunday, on a country music festival crowd, 22,000 strong, from the Mandalay Bay resort/casino, killing 59 people and injuring over 500, from a height of 32 floors above, the distance of four football fields.
A confused crowd didn't realize the sound was from gunfire for at least 20 seconds, assuming it was fireworks. Many of the injuries were caused by the stampeding crowd seeking shelter, some dropped to the ground or simply froze. Several times the gunfire ceased, presumably while the gunman reloaded, adding to the confusion of victims below.
Dubbed the 'Las Vegas Massacre', it has been called the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
S.W.A.T. teams eventually identified the location of the shooter, breached the door with a blast and entered. He was found, dead by his own hand, along with an arsenal of 23 weapons, in the Mandalay Bay unit.
Police have been unable to discover any motive for the shooting, as he was believed to be acting alone, and so have ruled out any connection to terrorist activity, dispite repeated efforts by claims from ISIS as to their involvement.
Stephan Paddock, who appeared to be a simple retired accountant, had ingredients to make explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his car and home. Why he planned this 'by the numbers attack' is not understood. Attention to detail and patience may be the skills of an accountant but are not associated with acts of a murderous gunman, unleashing on unsuspecting country music patrons.
It was called “an act of pure evil” by President Trump. Those who's bias opposes a leader or their policies in regular times, cannot, in civil conscience, oppose many of the concerns expressed by President Donald Trump in his address over the tragedy.
He stated equivocally, “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today.”
He then went on to show real leadership, by reminding all, of the need for prayer for those who are touched closely by this violence. “To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period,” In addition he shared, “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words...”
Coming off the Canadian commemoration of Thanksgiving, it may be a good idea to follow U.S. President Trump’s, perspectives. Reiterating thanksgiving, for the peaceful existence we experience here, can never be a wrong thing to do, and while we are thanking God for this, let's breath up some words of consideration for those in the U.S. and other places, who are not experiencing the same security, we still enjoy from Gods' hand.