It’s not too often that construction deficiencies result in criminal charges being laid but that seems to be what is happening with respect to a gas station North of Guelph, Ontario, CTV News Kitchener reports. Typically, this sort of matter will be pursued and resolved through civil litigation without criminal proceedings even coming onto the radar. Unfortunately, the report (and others I found online) don’t give enough information to cast some light on the reason that, in this case, the conduct of the vendor was considered by police to give rise to potential criminal responsibility.
Kitchener-Waterloo’s main journalistic rag, The Record, reports that the Ontario Government will apply to the Court to become an intervenor (an intervenor is a party added to a court proceeding as a result of an interest in the outcome) in the Region of Waterloo’s appeal of the Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to open up more than 1,000 hectares of regional land to new greenfield development (compared to the 85 hectares set by the Region). As reported, if the Province’s motion is successful, the Region will have a powerful ally in its appeal.
The significance of this appeal in shaping the development of the Region of Waterloo for future generations is obvious and many, myself included, will be watching with great interest as it unfolds.
I’m really looking forward to checking out the new building. Newer Courthouses aren’t always better – the Brampton Courthouse, for example, feels like something out of George Orwell’s 1984 to me – but there is no doubt that the Waterloo Region has long been in need of a new facility. Consider, for example, that the front entrance canopy of the current Kitchener Superior Court of Justice Courthouse was inspired architecturally by the chuck wagons of the early settlers. Enough said.
Based on what I’ve read about it, the new Courthouse sounds like it’s going to be very impressive but I really wish they had included some integrated parking into the structure (or somewhere convenient and nearby). Courthouses serve very wide areas and draw people – litigants, accused, witnesses, supporters, lawyers, and media – from far and wide. Not providing the vast majority of its ultimate users with a convenient place to park was, in my humble opinion, a real mistake.