Cobourg Daily Star Local News
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
urged to support pedestrians' right to walk along shore
lakefront property owners Bill MacDonald and Stan Frost abstaining,
the balance of Cobourg councillors passed two motions last night to
support access to the west beach by pedestrians.
staff have been asked to check into the legal rights of citizens to
continue the use of the west beach and the legal rights of property
owners, some of whom own out into the lake.
also endorsed a private member's bill introduced at Queen's Park last
week, as urged by Sydenham Street, Cobourg, resident Pat Stanley,
who urged councillors to do so during her speech to them last night.
Stanley, who heads Shorewalk Cobourg, part of Ontario Shorewalk, participated
in a news conference last week and highlighted the fencing of lakeside
private property, plus the wooden boardwalk dispute at Cobourg's west
harbour. The news conference was a prelude to the introduction of
the private member's bill.
Falls Liberal MPP Kim Craitor's bill, if passed, would "reserve
to the public a right of passage to permit passage along the shoreline
of any Great Lake between the shore of the lake and the high water
U.S. Supreme Court has recently upheld the right of passage along
the U.S. side of the Great Lakes, based on historic British Common
Law, she says.
Lake Ontario shoreline in Cobourg in particular has been used by the
public for well over 150 years, Mrs. Stanley stressed, both at Queen's
Park and in the Victoria Hall council chamber.