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Thread #169078   Message #4104080
Posted By: Charmion
30-Apr-21 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
I missed the significance of the link. Sorry; didn't read until now.

In southern Ontario, municipal bylaw (as we spell it here) can be very intrusive by the standards of other jurisdictions. The size and condition of your front steps, the nature and quality of your foundation, the state of your roof, your garbage disposal habits -- all are subject to strict regulation. When we moved to Stratford, I was astounded to discover that open burning is allowed in the city and a garden fire-pit is a feature of many residential properties, including ours. In Ottawa, an open fire in a back yard brings out the fire brigade with sirens blaring. But then, Ottawa was once a lumber town with literal mountains of milled planks and shingles stacked all over the place, and great heaps of sawdust just waiting for a stray spark or an inopportune bolt of lightning. Half the city burned down in 1900. I don't think anything like that ever happened to Stratford.

What they're worried about here is assessed property value, which is the basis of the municipal tax system. Houses with plumbing blocked with limescale don't sell well. The other big problem is public liability. After a 2010 flash flood that caused widespread sewer back-ups, the city was sued and found guilty of negligence; consequently, houses built now must be fitted with sump pumps. After 25 years of home-ownership in Ottawa, a city full of small watercourses that flood every year, I would not even look at houses in areas where the sanitary sewers and storm sewers are not separate.