|The 1842 house at the John R. Park Homestead near Kingsville, a property of the Essex Region Conservation Authority|
- studying the watershed and determining a program whereby the natural resources of the watershed are conserved, restored, developed and managed
- acquiring by purchase, lease or otherwise and expropriating any land that the CA may require, and selling, leasing or otherwise disposing of land
- erecting works and structures and creating reservoirs by the construction of dams
- altering the course of any river, canal, or stream
- using lands that are owned or controlled by the authority for any purposes (not inconsistent with its mandate) it considers proper
- using lands owned or controlled by the authority for park or other recreational purposes, and erecting facilities for such purposes
- collaborating and entering into agreements with other government agencies, municipal councils, organizations and private owners.
- prohibiting or regulating or requiring the permission of the authority for changing or interfering with river/stream channels or wetlands
- prohibiting, regulating or requiring the permission of the authority for development if, in the opinion of the authority, the control of flooding, erosion, pollution or the conservation of land may be affected by the development.
|Proctor House Museum, Brighton|
|Rockwood mill ruins|
|Thamesford Mill, 2008 Photo courtesy Sarah Hill|
|Thamesford Mill partly demolished, 2012 Photo courtesy Sarah Hill|
|Proctor House Museum interior|
Well, it just so happens that the provincial government is currently undertaking a review of the legislation, regulation and policy framework governing Ontario’s conservation authorities. The purpose of the review is to ensure that framework “is meeting the needs of Ontarians in a modern context.” [Note 8]
The 1840s double English Wheat Barn on the McVean Farm in Brampton, owned by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and designated by the City of Brampton
There appear to be institutional and bureaucratic obstacles that prevent CAs from disposing of property surplus to their core needs (through sale or long-term lease of properties or sale subject to conservation easements or other agreements). In many cases cultural heritage properties are better in private hands; sale/lease relieves the CA of stewardship responsibility and the proceeds can be put to other use.