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Appeal of La Nation ward boundary decision rescheduled to August 10

The hearing for an appeal of a decision by La Nation council to change municipal ward boundaries has been rescheduled due to an administrative error.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing was to begin on June 15 and continue for up to three days. According to Dave Mushing, one of the appellants, the municipality did not serve proper notice of the hearing because when the public notice was sent from LPAT, a staff member had neglected to include the email addresses of the Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk who needed to be notified so the municipality could properly display the public notice.

Lawyers representing La Nation, the appellants, and LPAT have negotiated new dates for the hearing. On June 15, no official public notice had yet been reissued for the new dates but Mushing said they are August 10 and 11. La Nation has also posted the new hearing dates on its Facebook page.

On November 23, 2020, La Nation council approved retaining four wards, with one councillor representing each ward. The boundaries of the four wards are to be adjusted for the next municipal election in 2022.

Some residents of Limoges and the surrounding area, however, preferred the option council rejected, which would have added two new wards. The wards would have each represented parts of Limoges and surrounding residential areas.

Following council’s decision, citizens opposing it began to organize and accumulate funds to launch an appeal at the LPAT. Mushing, and fellow citizen Philippe Warren are listed as the two official appellants.

James Morgan

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