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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:40

TL makes bylaw officers of Parks Canada staff

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By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes council agreed, Dec. 6, to give provincial park wardens the power to enforce municipal parking bylaws on Beaver Lake Road near an entrance to Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

            Park warden Paul Smith, representing the park, had asked whether council would “support the possibility of wardens becoming by-law enforcers for that particular location?”

            He told council it has been difficult to enforce the parking rules, especially near

“sensitive areas,” and added there is precedent for this designation at other parks, like Sandbanks.

            Before council agreed to the request, Councillor Peter Raymond asked about training. CAO Lois O’Neill-Jackson said the training would be the same as for summer students—“very straightforward and not extensive.”

            The project for creating a parking area near the provincial park’s Beaver Lake entrance is still in the works and may not be completed for a few years.

            It was the second request council has heard this year to give people who are not its employees bylaw-enforcement powers.

            On Sept. 20, Jim Inch representing Kawartha Land Trust (KLT), had asked council to consider giving KLT powers to enforce burning-ban bylaws on Chiminis/Big Island in Pigeon Lake.

            Council has yet to make a decision on that request.

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