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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Landowner Rights To Be Discussed In Brodhagen

Huron-Perth | by Peter Jackson  

Meeting by Huron-Perth Landowners Association runs at Brodhaden Community Centre at 7PM.

The Huron-Perth Landowners' Association believes municipal governments are overstepping their authority, as set out in the foundation of law in the British Commonwealth.

An open meeting in Brodhagen Thursday will feature guest speaker Doctor Carolyn Harris of the University of Toronto, who will talk about the Magna Carta.

HPLA Director John Schwartzentruber of Brussels says the document signed and ratified in England in the 13th century is the foundation of modern democracy.

The Magna Carta applied limits to the British monarch's power.

Schwartentruber says an example of government overreach is Bill 139, which is an amendment to the province's Conservation Authority Act.

The Association claims the amendment would allow Conservation Authority personnel access to farmland without the owner's permission.

Schwartzentruber says the legislation is one example of how governments have gone back 800 years, to before the time the Magna Carta was enacted.

He tells The Beach News that municipalities are responsible for Conservation Authority policy, and that the Association has to act at the local level to protect landowners.

The HPLA open meeting is at the Brodhagen Community Centre at 7pm tonight.

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