Friday, August 11, 2006

Getting petty over a shed?

It is frustrating when the federal government builds on your land without your permission. This frustration is precisely the reason why organizations like the Alberta Property Rights Initiative started. But his case seems entirely different.

From today's Globe and Mail:

  • SACHIGO LAKE FIRST NATION, Ont. A remote northwestern Ontario native community is evicting a Ministry of Natural Resources water monitoring station. The equipment shed, which measures just under four cubic metres, is located on territory claimed by the community.

    Ministry spokesman Bob David says it was built in partnership with Environment Canada in an attempt to help predict both flooding and drought conditions.But Chief Alvin Beardy says the Sachigo Lake First Nation wasn't properly consulted and they want it removed by the end of the week.

    Mr. David noted it would be difficult for the installers to remove the equipment before Aug. 21, since they are on holidays. However, Mr. Beardy said he couldn't guarantee the safety of the facility until then. Sachigo Lake is a fly-in community with 732 residents, located more than 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay near the Ontario-Manitoba border.

3 comments:

R.S. Porter said...

While it may seem to be petty, it's the principle of the matter. If we let little things slide, then why not larger issues?

Alberta Conservative said...

The paramount issue is public safety and the band in question should put aside pettyness and realize that fact.

To smooth things over the feds should acknowledge the mistake in writing, apologize and ask that the building remain where it is for the benefit of the band.

R.S. Porter said...

Personal choice and private property should trump what the government believes to be "public safety" any time.

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