Your Input Wanted on Property Rights by Marlene Black

Published April 1, 2017

Marlene Black

One of the facts that has become most obvious to any of the landowners in Ontario is that we are being overrun with intrusive individuals who seem to feel that they have total authority to walk all around our property, take pictures if they want to and leave orders for us to follow. WHAT DICTATORSHIP ARE THEY LIVING IN? Certainly not Canada but I digress. Yes, it is in Canada and these people strutting around looking for ways to charge you; for a messy yard, for filling a hole on your land; for putting in new windows without a permit, for leaving your truck in the middle of nowhere, are often acting on one anonymous complaint. We hear such unbelievable stories on a daily basis. Your neighbour doesn’t like you, call the city and complain. Your husband/wife has left you, call the city and complain, “tell them your spouse reads hunting magazines and they’ll investigate”. It is ridiculous that one complaint, must activate a visit from the authority. One Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans investigator said he had over 30 complaints on his desk, all from the same individual, who was walking around rural properties looking for people who might be disturbing their wetland and this supervisor had to respond to every one. A crazy system it seems. Which brings me around to what a certain group of people have been working on for the past year.

In the early days of Patrick Brown’s win as leader of the PC party, he met with many rural people and heard the stories of overstepping government agents who were sending the ‘good citizens’ of the land to court for a host of charges that any normal, common sense person, would have stuffed into the garbage can. If it wasn’t charges that they had fun throwing our way, it was taking great pleasure in denying our requests for permits or demanding they we jump through a barrage of expensive hoops before they might consider it. Power tripping 101.

To his credit, Patrick listened to these stories and decided to put MPP Jack MacLaren in charge of forming a Blue Ribbon Panel on Property Rights which he did. Jack got a group of citizens well versed in property rights and the lack of, and for the past year, they have been working on Phase 1; having regular meetings, lots of back and forth, flip chart discussions with lunch around a table to eventually put together a Blue Ribbon paper on Property Rights. This was presented recently to Patrick Brown and some caucus members, it was well received and the green light was given to go ahead with Phase 2, holding town hall public meetings across Ontario.

I was one of those helping out on this Panel and it has been a learning curve that is for sure but what became so very obvious to all of us was that if we live in a great country which starts to let our property rights slide, it won’t be long before we’re not living in a great country. We learned about Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto who travels the world talking about how property rights have lifted poor countries out of poverty and given them an opportunity for wealth. His YouTube video “The Power of the Poor” is a great watch.

The property rights group will be touring Ontario in April and May, 2017. If you think you would like to attend one of these meetings, watch for the dates to be posted on the website: www.yourpropertyrights.ca. The PC riding associations in your area, may be hosting the meetings. The hope is to get input from citizens as to what ideas we can present to the PC party so that Property Rights is front and centre in their 2018 election platform. On that website there is a place to put your comments so please do that! Canada was built on freedom and property rights. If the rules, regulations and burdensome red tape had been around when the early settlers arrived to this land, the strength, spirit and dreams of a better future, that they brought with them, would have been squashed like a bug!

For a country to prosper, we cannot tie the hands of those people trying to start businesses, create jobs and use their entrepreneurial spirit to dream big. There is no dreaming big in Ontario. It isn’t enough that you’ve survived navigating the clogged myriad of unattainable and ridiculous demands that some unaccountable bureaucrats like to invent, to push you over the edge, they continue to find more hoops for you to jump through and more ways to drain your bank account. Let’s find some good solutions to these problems and put an end to further abuses.

7 Responses to “Your Input Wanted on Property Rights by Marlene Black”

  1. Tina R English April 1, 2017

    I appreciate all yous do to protect the landowners who didn’t know their rights ( including me ) ! I read all your articles every month. I have alerted other people who have been harassed about various property issues and I will continue to spread the word as long as I live . Thank you for all that you do for us!

  2. HENRY MORASH, P, Eng. April 1, 2017

    YOUR TASK IS FORMIDABLE, NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE TO EDUCATE US (THE WILLING TO LEARN) YOU HAVE TO EDUCATE THESE LITTLE UPSTART BUREAUCRATS. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE HARD PART, THEY WILL SEE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE POWER, SO EXPECT PUSH BACK FROM THESE LITTLE $^&&%**(‘S.
    I WILL KEEP UPDATING ON YOUR WORK
    AND
    THANK YOU ALL FOR DOING THIS.

  3. Bob Marcellus April 1, 2017

    Latest news from my Municipality is that they want to get a Drone to fly around the Township. In my opinion this decision should be made by the electorate, not the politicians.

  4. Donna Burns April 1, 2017

    More infringements against our Property Rights is through our municipalities with Bill 68 created to amend the Municipal Act. It’s already had its 2nd reading and is”in committee” before it goes to 3rd reading (likely around Easter). These amendments are under the umbrella of Environment & Climate Change which opens the door for municipalities to become creative and invent bylaws using “climate change” as their basis. Climate change is NOT tangible – it’s an interpretation based on someone’s opinion. In addition to this, there is also the “Administrative Penalties” wherein if you don’t comply with these insidious bylaws, you will be fined and ordered to pay that fine within 15 days after you were charged…otherwise, the fine will be added to your PROPERTY TAXES! This denies you your constitutional right to challenge the validity of the bylaw in the eyes of justice. Also, any new building construction must have “green” roofs…meaning flat roofs for garden vegetation. These are just a few of the changes in this Bill 68. The province is broke. Municipalities need revenue. Some of these bylaws will be illegal, as many are now. They cannot change Legislation to make PRIVATE PROPERTY under the authority unless the property owner gives consent but this doesn’t stop them from creative bylaws to bring in much needed revenue. However, the “implied consent” that 90% of property owners will cave and pay the fines is the bully mentality they use to bring in more revenue. Respect for LAW in private property rights will not matter – the more people give, the more they will take, unless the people stand up and say Enough is Enough…just like the hydro! Bill 68 needs to be STOPPED. Contact your MPP’s and get on their case about this.

  5. Ken Conrad April 3, 2017

    Good article…

    I would like to address the lack of transparency with respect to the notices of severance that are sent out to adjoining landowners and point out that it is imperative that all pertinent information in relation to a severance that directly affects the landowners be included in the notices as well.
    I received a notice of severance for approximately 100 acres of farmland bordering on the North West end of my property. There was no indication in the notice that a condition had been placed upon it requiring the applicant to sever a 33 foot wide lot from the south end of the above land in question at their cost and give it to the township. The map on the back of the notice failed to show this as well. As far as I was concerned I was satisfied with the fact that this was nothing more then a straightforward farmland severance. I only became aware of the condition via casual conversation with my neighbor and by this point in time the allotted time for an appeal with the OMB had elapsed.
    On a separate note the above applicant on the advice of their lawyer also applied for and was granted a severance on an adjoining 33 foot wide lot to the east which further encroached onto my land therefore giving the Township legal title to two lots end to end the full length of Church lane. I received no notice for this severance and consider this failure to notify me a breach of required protocol and a violation of my landowner rights.
    Being the farmer who owns 200 acres of adjoining land to the south would thus put me in a position of shared ownership of this road with the municipality and I am leery of being in this position.
    As far as I am concerned if the Township wants to claim title of the property on which this half mile long road resides then so be it. They aught naught however expect the landowner to assume several thousand dollars in surveying costs etc. in order to establish public ownership of the land.

    This Township’s arbitrary use of a conditional severance in order to constrain a landowner into relinquishing a parcel of land at his/or her expense as well as place a neighboring landowner in a precarious legal position in order that it can assume legal ownership of that parcel at no cost to itself, is inappropriate. Such a practice although it is deemed acceptable by those who run the affairs of this Township in reality represents unwillingness by them to use the expropriation process and opt rather for a method that violates the principles of fundamental justice.
    The Expropriations Act defines that government can expropriate private property for the public good and the private property owner must be paid the highest land use market value”. Ontario Landowner Association Position Paper on Property Rights.
    A township if it decides it needs to take over ownership of a piece of property for the public good, then it only makes sense that the public assume the costs associated with such a take over including payment for the land at fair market value.

  6. SYLVIA DAVIDSON April 7, 2017

    After watching that documentary of DeSoto’s, I know realize how liberating and critical it is for anyone to have property rights and identity. Thanks and keep up with your mission to keep Ontario out of the red tape that strangles human incentive and entrepreneurship.

  7. Don Wood April 8, 2017

    Excellent work – keep going!


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