In the recent past, many kilometres of Ontario Great Lakes shoreline, once available to be enjoyed by the public, have been greatly limited through the utilization of loopholes in the system under the Boundaries Act.
Ontario's population is growing but the available recreational waterfront resource is shrinking. This is not sustainable. Large stretches of beautiful beach and shoreline which have historically been accessed and used by the public are now obstructed with fences or other structural barriers and intimidating no trespassing signs.
We believe that the Government of Ontario, through its legislative authority should mandate that all Great Lakes shorelines are accessible to walkers.
On three separate occasions in the recent past, a private members bill "The Great Lakes Shoreline Right of Passage Act" has been introduced in the legislature only to die on the order paper when the legislature was dissolved. In each instance of first reading of this bill, and in one case, the seconding reading, the bill was supported by all political parties.