By Fadi Didi
Tory Municipal affairs critic says Bill 139 will allow warrantless entry.
Ontario Tory Municipal affairs critic, Ernie Hardeman says warrantless entry by municipal authorities is the new normal.
Hardeman says Bill 139 will allow officers of a conservation authority and members or employees of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will replace the Ontario Municipal Board, to enter private land without a warrant.
The bill passed in the Ontario legislature on Dec. 12th.
The officer cannot enter a building on the land, nor can he use force.
But he can enter the property to inspect, conduct tests including taking samples, photos, and specimens, ask any questions he deems relevant, and even bring an expert with him.
The officer is required to believe that someone on the property is attempting to interfere with a river, creek, stream, watercourse or wetland.
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan has taken over two agribusinesses.
The retirement group represents 182,000 Ontario elementary and secondary school teachers.
Earlier this month, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (OTPP) announced its acquisition of Jasper Farms, a leading Australian avocado producer with about 82,000 trees across 220 hectares.
The deal is worth more than $177 million.
In November, OTPP announced that it had acquired Atlantic Aqua Farms, the largest grower of live mussels in North America.
The operation is headquartered in P.E.I.