Fair laws, not favouritism in Chelsea, Quebec


by admin on November 4, 2010

The Editor,

Laws of any jurisdiction, if they are to be accepted and obeyed by the citizens, must be fairly and equally administered.

Paint colours can’t be determined as illegally installed for one and unchallenged for the other, even if they are neighbours.

Signs can’t be limited and prohibited for one business while others randomly scatter mobile signs throughout the village as if it were an election campaign.

For laws to be respected, they must first be reasonable and reflect community values. They must not be overly onerous, but practical to follow. They must be fairly meted out, showing no favouritism or vendetta.

The demolition of a historical stone wall and wrought-iron fence and its replacement with unapproved landscaping is a serious transgression of the Site Architectural Control by-law. Is a religious or culture organization above this law?

We don’t need more citizen involvement to assist policing and informing the authorities of these transgressors and perpetrators, as some members of council and the Site Planning Architectural Committee would advocate.

We need more community-minded attitude that creates an environment where regulations are not the primary method of establishing the culture, where co-operation, common sense and good will are the cornerstones for law and order.

Bruce Langer

Chelsea, Quebec