Canadian Landowners Subjected to Municipal Bullying: how to help OLA help property owners protect their rights and their health
Canadian law favors those with deep pockets…corporations, municipalities and governments. Ontario Landowner’s Association (OLA) is setting up a litigation fund to help the disadvantaged and bullied…learn why you should help. Property owners are some of the most victimized, suffering alone because the cost of legal assistance is prohibitive. One’s health is severely affected when overwhelmed and victimized by a system so out of balance there is little recourse or democracy left.
You have probably heard the saying “You can’t fight city hall!”, but the fact is that because so many people either gave up out of frustration or because they could not afford a decent lawyer, we are now in a position where municipalities simply take over a property owner’s life and property, bully them into getting building permits they don’t need, cause massive cost over-runs, block re-zoning and other applications if they don’t know the right people and so on. In fact, if there was ever legislation that invited corruption and bullying, it has to be the Planning Act and especially the Ontario Building Code.
Property Owners Abused and Harassed
I, like so many other Ontario property owners, have experienced the ‘whim’ and tyranny of municipal bullying and paid the high price of standing up to them, both in legal fees and in later retaliation and I firmly believe it has to stop. The carnage at the hands of unfair rules, by-laws and out-right harassment by government and municipalities directly affects the health of many families, including the children – often for years and decades.
The harassment includes, but is not limited to, forcing people to tear down buildings, demands for building permits not required, being subjected to stop work orders on a whim without justification because the building code is vaguely written to the extent that a ‘suspicion’ will do to cause a cascade of abuse, having government spies video one’s home and kids, restricting a property owner’s ability to clear out ditches to prevent flooding, imposing draconian environmental standards to force family businesses to go bankrupt and preventing landowners from harvesting firewood on their own property!
There has been so much abuse of property owners, that now, led by OLA, property owners are joining forces to go on the offensive. Their plan is to invest in legal action that has as it’s goal, the result of eliminating egregious laws and regulations passed by municipal councils and the legislatures. The OLA will seek out opportunities to launch their own legal challenges against abusive and undemocratic policies of governments and their agencies.
Why should you join in, become a member (even if you are not yet a property owner)?
Because soon enough, you, a loved one, a landlord or other person you know will be abused and harassed by a government agencies or municipality and it will affect you directly or indirectly. Another more important reason…to protect our own democratic rights, we must join forces with others to protect everyone’s rights. We need to take our efforts directly to those who try to dissolve our rights in everything from food security to property ownership and choice in health care.
How to Contribute to Help Property Owners Protect Land Rights?
When good people do nothing…terrible things that will eventually encompass them too will inevitably happen. Most of us have $25.00 to spare…please send it with your best wishes:
The Ontario Landowners Association,
OLA Litigation Fund,
P.O. Box 346,
Woodlawn, ON K0A 3M0.
Make cheques payable to OLA Litigation Fund
And thank you!
Have you got a story of abuse at the hands of a municipality or government agency that you would like to share? Please leave it in the comment box with my thanks! Need some help with a property issue…contact the OLA at http://ontariolandowners.ca/contact-us
Grace Joubarne is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a freelance writer who likes to bring attention to all manner of issues that directly or indirectly affect our health and well-being. Reach her at www.graceplacewellness.ca or call 1-888-390-3553. Suggestions for a post? Let me know and I’ll check it out.
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