Spe­cial ap­peal

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

A spe­cial meet­ing of South Glen­garry coun­cil is slated for March 2 to hear the ap­peal of a town­ship res­i­dent who was re­cently or­dered to have his dog muz­zled fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in Glen Wal­ter last Fall.

The pub­lic hear­ing will be the first of its kind held in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ap­pel­lant, whose iden­tity has not been dis­closed, was is­sued the muz­zling or­der by the town­ship af­ter Her­bert and Geral­dine Schwartz com­plained in mid-Novem­ber that Mrs. Schwartz had re­cently been “at­tacked” by a Por­tuguese wa­ter dog.

Mr. Schwartz told coun­cil that while “there had been some mea­sures taken to is­sue an or­der to muz­zle,” he wasn’t quite ready to aban­don his fight. “I in­tend to make sure that it is fol­lowed. No one is go­ing to get rid of me on this. I’m like a bull­dog my­self,” added Mr. Schwartz.

In the in­terim, the own­ers have filed an

ap­peal to the edict is­sued by by­law of­fi­cer Kevin Lalonde.

Town­ship clerk Mar­i­lyn Le­Brun ex­plained at the Jan­uary 25 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing that the own­ers are en­ti­tled to file an ap­peal, un­der the guide­lines of the pro­vin­cial Statu­tory Pow­ers

Pro­ce­dure Act ( SPPA). Such a meet­ing is set up as a tri­bunal-type hear­ing with mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil serv­ing as the tri­bunal.

Mrs. Le­Brun ex­plained that the town­ship, in­cor­po­rated in 1998, has never been in­volved in an SPPA hear­ing, and nei­ther have the vast ma­jor­ity of its neigh­bours.

“I called ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity in East­ern On­tario, and ex­cept for Prescott-Rus­sell, where they’ve ap­par­ently had some, no one else has ei­ther,” she said, adding that South Glen­garry’s an­i­mal con­trol by­law is the only mu­nic­i­pal or­di­nance “un­der the Statu­tory

Pow­ers Pro­ce­dure Act process.” Town­ship CAO Bryan Brown re­sponded to ques­tions from coun­cil re­gard­ing its role in the hear­ing.

“You have some­body who is ap­peal­ing a de­ci­sion of this cor­po­ra­tion. And this body of coun­cil will act to ei­ther up­hold or refuse it,” ex­plained Mr. Brown. “In essence, you are the judge. That’s all it is.” Coun­cil­lor Lyle War­den asked if coun­cil’s de­ci­sion would “put to rest” the mat­ter. “As far as we’re con­cerned,” replied Mr. Brown.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.