"Failing to do so would leave the province in violation of the Ontario Building Code Act."
So what's next? Will the Province of Ontario itself be thumbing it's nose at the rule of law? If the natives complete the homes and the province fails to take out a building permit, it will be breaking the law. And the Province would likely be liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from faulty wiring, etc.
Meanwhile, Kahentinetha Horn, a Mohawk journalist and part-time lecturer at Concordia University in Montreal, says:
"The Canadian and Ontario government want the whole issue of lands and resources being repossessed by Indigenous people to fizzle and fall apart. They want to see us become laughing stocks."
No worries there, Ms. Horn. The only laughing stocks in this story are the Ontario taxpayers. But we'll see who gets the last laugh after the next provincial election.
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Update: Now I'm really laughing!!! Do both levels of government think this will do any good at all?
I think this is a smokescreen to appear to be doing something. On the plus side, Premier McGuinty does seem to have pulled his head out of the sand.
However, I wouldn't want to be sending my kids to a school situated right beside an occupied area where police and firemen are not allowed. What is up with that?