A couple of weeks ago, The Fixer investigated the mud spread around Weston by the ongoing Georgetown construction. Metrolinx, it turns out, may be violating bylaws by not cleaning up after themselves.
Except that they’re notâ€”because they don’t have to abide by the laws in the first place. In a letter to Mike Sullivan (and sent to me by his office), Frances Nunziata says “Metrolinx is a provincial agency and is not subject to municipal by-laws. They comply with our bylaws and permit requirements as a courtesy, but we have no legal means to make them comply. Metrolinx and City staff were at the site last week, and they have reported back that everything is in accordance with the by-law.”
The letter continues with a passage from Metrolinx:
While we have attempted to keep the roadway as clean as possible, there have been several snow and rain days that made the cleaning of streets very difficult…. The condition reported by the Fixer is a temporary one…. and we do not foresee any further problems for this year…. Overall the community has been tolerant of the construction work.
There you have the final word: they inspected themselves and there was no problem; the non-problem was temporary, and you’re a good person for not bringing it up again.