On March 22nd the town was charged with violation of the endangered species act.
On March 28th, 2018 the MNRF issued a “stop order” to prevent further habitat damage.
On April 10th, 2018 lawyer Johnathan Lisus sent MNRF a request for a hearing regarding the March 28, 2018 stop order. (Also called an appeal of the stop order.)
The April 10th, 2018 letter is here SBrucePeninsualHearingRequest-10-APR-2018.
The letter has Lisus’ signature. But the words are mostly Janice Jackson’s.
With few exceptions (which do not apply here), by law all TSBP decisions must be made by council. Not by Lisus. Not by Janice Jackson. By council.
With few exceptions (which do not apply here) all TSBP decisions must be open to scrutiny by the residents.
Shutting council and the residents out of the decision process contravenes the letter of the Municipal Act sections 5 (1), 5 (3) and 227, and is undemocratic.
The decision to appeal the MNRF March 28 stop order and the decision to use the contents of the April 10, 2018 letter were made without council knowledge or approval, and without resident scrutiny. The decisions were made by Jackson or by Jackson and Lisus.
The appeal/ request for hearing is presented as if was a town appeal/ town request. It is not. It is a Janice Jackson/ Johnathan Lisus submission.
Shutting out council and the public and submitting their own position to the MNRF as if it was an approved town position is fraud.
Submitting positions as if they were town positions when they are not also violated at least the intent of the TSBP correspondence policy (policy A.3.2).
Jackson damaged more habitat last week. MNRF conservation officers are investigating. I expect there will be a third charge. That would put the risk to taxpayers up to $5,000,000.
Time to replace the out-of-control Bulldozer Bee.