News from the American-based public interest group Alliance for the Great Lakes
(A Brief Note to this from Niagara At Large publisher – Former Ontario Liberal MPP for Niagara Falls and now councillor in that city put at least two if not three private member’s bills on the floor of the provincial legislature, calling for public access to the waterlines of beaches along our Great Lakes, but then premier Dalton McGuinty, along with the leaders and members of the other two mainstream parties, the Conservatives and NDP, didn’t give a fig.
How interesting that in the United States, a country usually far more protective of private property rights than Canada, continues to rule in favour of shoreline/beach access for the public, not only in the Lake Michigan area, but in other regions like Massachusetts, etc.)
This fence, installed by private homeowners right down to the waterline of Lake Erie in Fort Erie, Ontario, is a way of sayingto public beach walkers; ‘Do your walking somewhere else.’
Chicago, Illinois, July 29th, 2015- TheAlliance for the Great Lakes, along with Save the Dunes, the state of Indiana and Long Beach Community Alliance, have prevailed in landmark litigation that upholds Indiana’s public trust protections — including the public’s right to recreate on its portion of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Indiana has long recognized and endorsed the public trust doctrine as applied to its water bodies. Under this doctrine, the state of Indiana holds title to the shore of Lake Michigan below the ordinary high-water mark in trust for the public to enjoy for recreation and other uses. Continue reading