Carleton-Lanark MP, Gordon O'Connor, in his platform
stated the following:
"The right to own property should be
entrenched in the Constitution."
"No government should have the authority to expropriate
private property or to impose
regulations that impact an
property, without just compensation."
stands today, governments at all levels - municipal,
provincial and federal - are continually imposing new
rules and regulations on rural property owners. These
regulations restrict what property owners can and
cannot do on their own land, and sometimes cause
property values to go down. This unfair situation can
be resolved by entrenching property rights in the
-Gordon O'Connor, MP - Carleton-Lanark
City of Ottawa - website link to the:
Jock River Reach 2 Subwatershed Study
study without credibility…
rationale for the Jock
River Reach 2 Subwatershed Study is
“to ensure long-term
ecological sustainability of the subwatershed and its
significant natural resources”,
“to restore and enhance the natural system and promote
compatible uses” …etc, etc.
has assembled a team to carry out this exercise, made up of:
the City's Environment, Development
Approvals, Policy Planning, Infrastructure Policy, and Water
Environment Protection divisions;
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority;
Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans;
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; and,
Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
the city’s stated reasons for the subwatershed study were the
least-bit truthful, it would have been protecting the Jock
River-subwatershed, shallow drinking water source for rural
and Richmond residents ---by safely treating Munster’s
wastewater ON-SITE (at Munster).
Instead, the city, (under the protective
silence of the ineffectual agencies, named above), has
proceeded with construction of a risky pressure-forcemain to
send raw, septic sewage through the shallow, vulnerable,
drinking water aquifer of more than 5,000 residents.
To do so, it has broken more than two dozen of
its own Official Plan (land-use planning) provisions, it has
falsified costing data, it has refused to do a risk-assessment
analysis (knowing the outcome), it has failed to perform a
wetlands study (through the provincially significant Richmond
Fen Wetlands), it had not complied with several requirements
of the Environmental Assessment Act (including, adequately and
truthfully informing the public before irrevocable decisions
are made), and it has failed to act in the public interest
through the exercise of precautionary best business practices,
good faith dealings, honesty, openness and transparency.
As demonstrated by the website:
the forcemain is not sustainable, economically prudent,
responsible, environmentally sound or safe for humans.
In the face of
such deceitful practices by the city, should its motives be
trusted in the above subwatershed study requests?
resounding answer from many members of the Rural Council
(including the Board of Directors of the Ottawa-Carleton Soil
and Crop Improvement Association)