Update 5 – Correspondence with Ted McMeekin’s constituency office

magnifyBelow, please find today’s letter from Mr. McMeekin’s Constituency Office in Waterdown, Ontario, followed by my reply. Mr. McMeekin is a Liberal MPP for the area in question and currently serves as the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the Ontario government.

Lech,

Ted has asked me to inquire to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a response. Please see below.

Thank you for your email leading us to your website.

The letter from Mr. Murray, the Resource Supervisor from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, does a good job of describing the provincial role in managing development in and adjacent to natural areas.

It is important to recognize that provincial policy does protect natural heritage features, and that this protection is generally implemented through local land use planning decisions.

The Planning Act requires that these local decisions must “be consistent with” the provincial policies.

In addition to the role of the City of Hamilton has as the approval authority for residential development in the City, the local conservation authority also play a part in environmental protection of the natural features.

I continue to encourage you to work with the City and the local conservation authority to protect the vital natural heritage features.

Regards,
Barbara

Barbara Carruthers
Constituency Assistant for the
Hon. Ted McMeekin, MPP
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
Tel: 905-690-6552
Fax: 905-690-6562

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And my response to Barbara Carruthers:
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Dear Barbara,

Thank you for your reply. The reason why I had asked for Mr. McMeekin’s response was not only that he is my MPP but also that he is the current Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Therefore, overseeing the planning and development process in and around Hamilton is part of his portfolio and is his responsibility. I prefer to deal with my representative, raher than with an unnamed and anonymous beaurocrat from the Ministry who is neither elected nor accountable to our constituency.

Part of the unresolved problem related to new construction and development in Dundas Valley is the fact that officials don’t follow their duties and responsibilities. I have been sent from the City of Hamilton to the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA), from the HCA to the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) and to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), then from the MNRF to the City, back and forth, everybody poining fingers at somebody else and sending me away, only to be sent away, again. I am sick and tired of it. This is why I contacted Ted McMeekin to have this issue resolved, instead of being sent away, again, to other organizations. It seems like a game and I am not playing a game here. I want answers and I want action by officials who are responsible for enforcing the law.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority cannot respond to my inquiries, as the development in question takes place outside of the area they manage. There is only one forest and one ecosystem here, but it is beeing divided and managed by different legal entities and different organizations. All of the above organizations have say, some issue recommendations, some overwrite recommendations, some issue opinions, some make the final decisions and issue permits. When building permit limitations are being violated and we report it to the authorities with proof, nobody wants to enforce the law. Some officials don’t even reply to inquiries. This is unacceptable. It looks like officials running for cover, after issuing development permits in environmentally sensitive areas to their friends and contributors. This looks like a corruption and it must end.

I think that in a situation like this, it is reasonable for me to expect that my MPP, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, steps in, investigates the reports, and puts everybody in place where they belong.

I also hope that Mr. McMeekin will represent in Ottawa our efforts to correct the Ontario govenment’s position on the fraudulent “Conveyance of lands by the Native American Chiefs of the Five Nations” – (The Albany Deed of 19 July 1701, also known as the Nanfan Treaty). It is not a valid treaty. It is a historical and legal fraud. The Ontario learned justices in R. v. Ireland and Jamieson [1990] and in R. v. Barberstock [2003] were wrong. Consequently, the Ontario government is wrong. I, and a small group of researchers, have obtained a historical evidence clearly showing that the “Nanfan Treaty” does not exist. By the way, the “Nanfan Treaty” has never been listed by the Federal Government or by the British Crown as an Indian Treaty.

I continue to encourage you to keep asking Mr. McMeekin for his personal intervention in this matter. Frankly, I believe that only Mr. McMeekin is currently in a position of power that can move these issues ahead and restore law and order, and historical integrity in matters related to development and deer hunting in Dundas Valley.

Sincerely,
Lech Biegalski
Dundas, Ontario

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