Sign Flap in Saugeen Shores
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 4:55 PMby
Residents opposed to DGR challenge Saugeen Shores on removal of 'No Nuke Dump' signs.
(Saugeen Shores) -
Same song, different night at Saugeen Shores regular council meeting.
Residents attended Monday night's meeting and continued to express opposition to moving ahead with a Deep Geologic Repository study -- and they also expressed concerns about local enforcement of a sign bylaw in Southampton.
It was an overflow crowd in council chambers on hand to hear why the municipality has been removing "No Nuke Dump" signs from what appears to be private property in Southampton.
Former Southampton Residents Association president Rod MacLeod, who helped write the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms says council has stepped over the line.
MacLeod says the way the bylaw is being enforced is infringing on the rights of citizens to speak freely against their local government.
He says no local government can do that, citing two court cases that were decided in the Supreme Court of Canada.
MacLeod says the bylaw enforcement officer had no right to remove signs early the morning of Saturday, June 30th -- just prior to a protest parade in Southampton against a proposed DGR in the region.
Mayor Mike Smith says he believes the bylaw is legal.
Smith says if the sign bylaw is not legal, they will correct it.
Current SRA president Ken Robertson says he hopes his letter, along with MacLeod's presentation gives council pause for thought when it comes to the sign bylaw.
He also hopes they will re-consider what he calls the flawed DGR screening process that is underway.
Robertson says the DGR controversy is the most important issue in 50 years to face the community.