Written by Deborah Lawwill
This is a summary of the events discussed in the Ottawa Sun article “Raising a Big Stink“.
You cannot own property in the Green Belt but you can lease it. The NCC owns the property that you would be leasing. Imagine: Dealing with all of the problems of low-quality urban living – pests, septic issues, decay, and property neglect – but living with them in a nice-looking, supposedly middle class suburban neighborhood and having absolutely no recourse for your troubles. Oh, and did I mention that you have to make at least $40K a year to qualify for this luxury housing?
This is the plight of our protagonist, Rob Sweet, CEO of Air-Medics; an indoor air quality consultancy agency. It is ironic that someone with so much knowledge and experience in indoor air quality would be suffering from living in a home with not only poor air quality, but a damaged septic system that is far too costly for him to repair. The septic issues are only a problem because the NCC filled the drainage ditch right next to his house, which caused the water to stop flowing properly.
However, the NCC claims that it is Mr. Sweet’s responsibility to fix the septic problems that this poor decision has caused. Yet, Mr. Sweet is not the one who asked the NCC to fill the drainage ditch. So, will the NCC accept responsibility for its actions and fairly compensate Mr. Sweet for the damage that his property has incurred? This question has yet to be answered.
Why someone has to earn a middle class income in order to live in low-quality housing is completely beyond me. We all know that “the system” can be exploitative. Regardless, there should be a bit more oversight on these properties and their key-holders. In other words, does anyone hold the NCC accountable for their actions?
It is our sincerest wish that Mr. Sweet and his family regain full health and his family is fairly compensated for the damage that was done to their home.
READ THE INSPECTION REPORTS OF THE PROPERTIES IN THE GREENBELT!
Property problems with NCC land
Inspection Report of personal property on Braddish Street