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June 27, 2017

27 June, 2017

A man contacted our Office after his municipality closed and sold a road allowance adjacent to his property. His family had used the land to access the river, but they were not notified by the municipality or given the chance to purchase a portion of the land, contrary to municipal policy.

A man contacted our Office after his municipality closed and sold a road allowance adjacent to his property. His family had used the land to access the river, but they were not notified by the municipality or given the chance to purchase a portion of the land, contrary to municipal policy. The municipality initially told him it had correctly followed procedure, but when our Office intervened, staff and the mayor conceded that the policy, which had been affected by a change to provincial legislation, was not followed. Given that the land no longer belonged to the municipality, we suggested it make a sincere apology to the man, acknowledging the mistakes that were made, and how it will prevent similar incidents in future.