Ontario's Doug Ford Bans Bans on Clothesline Bans

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Some people think clotheslines are ugly, and condo boards and residents associations used to impose bans on them, claiming they were bad for property values. Ten years ago, the Province of Ontario passed a law making clothesline bans illegal, and you could put one up anywhere. Now the new government is cancelling that law.

When the law was passed ten years ago, I complained (tongue in cheek) at the time in Ontario bans bans on clotheslines,

It is a scandal. For 50 years the Government of Ontario promoted planning policies that encouraged the building of neat and tidy subdivisions with tight restrictive covenants that prevent all kinds of things that might be ugly, like wind turbines and solar collectors. Now, it's the thin edge of the wedge as they bring in legislation that abolishes restrictions on clotheslines.

Clotheslines were all the rage then on all the green websites but despite all the hype, clotheslines never really caught on here It is often cold and rainy in Ontario, and the fad died pretty quickly; dryers are really convenient. It's not like it became a big deal and the Province was suddenly covered in clothing.

But there is no green energy regulation too picayune for Premier Doug Ford of Toronto. One of his real estate developer friends probably got to him, because Regulation 97/08 is now being revoked as part of Ford's sweep through the Green Energy Act.

Ford ran on a platform of revoking the Green Energy Act, but seriously, clotheslines?

More seriously, a week after he trampled the rights of Toronto to run an election, he has revoked the law that let green energy projects like wind turbines get built, even when local residents objected, which they always do. It's one of the reasons he got elected, but it's pretty much the end of wind power in Ontario.

regulation on clotheslines

Ontario Regulation 9708/Public Domain