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Handyman Fights With City Over Free Repairs For Neighbours[Canada][Fines up to 25K]
CityNews.ca Staff ^ | 05 Aug 2008 | CityNews.ca Staff

Posted on 08/06/2008 11:08:58 AM PDT by BGHater

Jon Tennett loves to tinker in his garage. It's not an uncommon pastime for an 81-year-old man, but what is unusual is the city's response.

Because Tennett fixes his neighbours' lawn mowers and other small machines, the City of Pickering has charged him with operating an illegal business - even though he's never charged a penny for his work.

"They could get a lot of revenue elsewhere than looking at an old 81-year-old man trying to keep his mind busy," he points out.

On the same street, a retired nurse is facing a similar problem. Janice Saroop has a lush garden, which she proudly shows off to visitors.

"This one here is a spider plant, and this is a mint," she explains.

But because she sells those plants three times a year, the city is threatening her, too - even though all her profits go to charity.

"I think it's totally ridiculous. It's not as though I'm doing this for making money. I think it's inappropriate really and I feel as though I'm being harassed," Saroop alleges.

But Pickering's commercial zoning bylaws do not allow any form of home business whatsoever - and the penalties are severe.

Tennett's case is currently before the courts and if he loses, he could be fined up to $25,000.

He's already refusing to pay.

"They ain't getting it," he fumes. "I'll do jail time."

He may not have to, if the public outcry is enough to change the minds at City Hall.

"Pretty embarrassed," describes the mood there, admits Pickering Regional Councillor Bill McLean.

"I'm going to bring this to council in mid-September, our first council meeting," McLean promised. He said he's hoping to change the bylaw.

"I think this is inequity...when incidents like this happen," he added.

The process could take months - plenty of time for Tennett to make a few more repairs.


TOPICS: Canada; Government
KEYWORDS: blamecanada; business; fine; govwatch; handyman; nannystate; propertyrights; revenuetickets; starkravingsocialism; zoning

The Evil Doer.

1 posted on 08/06/2008 11:08:59 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

He should be hung, drawn and quartered then chopped to bits by an illegally repaired lawn mower.


2 posted on 08/06/2008 11:11:41 AM PDT by OSHA (framing it as though you've magically neutralized any potential negative eventuality)
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To: BGHater

Coming to America soon.....more liberal globalist business-socialism.

You can only operate a business unless we say so....or if you want to move it to Commie China..here is some $$$


3 posted on 08/06/2008 11:12:10 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (McBama....Over 300 Million Screwed)
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To: OSHA

That’s funny coming from a guy with the screen name “OSHA”


4 posted on 08/06/2008 11:13:31 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: BGHater
Living proof of what happens when a country goes full on Liberal. Government control to the point of ridiculous. Just what Obama will bring to us (or US)
5 posted on 08/06/2008 11:13:55 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: BGHater

He’s among the last of a dying breed. When I was young, there was always someone, or several someones, around my neighborhood who could fix just about anything, and you could learn something from. Now, nobody even talks to their neighbors...


6 posted on 08/06/2008 11:17:11 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: BGHater

Silly man. Doesn’t he know that all work by the prols must be sanctioned by the State? Charity? All charity comes from the State.


7 posted on 08/06/2008 11:18:04 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: BGHater

Just another socialist government looking to rob decent citizens of more money. Nothing to see here.


8 posted on 08/06/2008 11:18:45 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Coming to America soon.....more liberal globalist business-socialism. Liz Michael is not going to like that one bit.
9 posted on 08/06/2008 11:19:01 AM PDT by An Old Man ("The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress." Douglas)
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To: BGHater; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; conniew; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; Squawk 8888; ...

10 posted on 08/06/2008 11:21:38 AM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: All
The article does not mention who specifically brought up the charges ("City of Pickering" is too vague). Was it complaining neighbors? Maybe there is too much "junk" laying around in his yard and makes it an eyesore.
Still, to bring charges agains him, and threatening him with fines, is way too severe. If there is an "eyesore", just have him clean it up, and keep everything nice and tidy; don't threaten an old man doing good deeds with fines and jail.
Another thoughth . . . maybe the person who complained owns a small engine fix-it shop, and his business is being hurt by Mr. Tennett.
11 posted on 08/06/2008 11:23:25 AM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, he-he, ho-ho!)
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To: BGHater
They better thank their lucky stars this guy isn't a redhead, like my Grampa. He'd have beaten them like a drum for something like this. And had a lot of help from the neighbors, too. He did handyman/fix-it chores for a lot people in his neighborhood.
12 posted on 08/06/2008 11:23:54 AM PDT by Old Student (We have a name for the people who think indiscriminate killing is fine. They're called "The Bad Guys)
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To: Abathar; OSHA

From OSHA’s profile page, an explanation of his screen name:

“OSHA is was my Chow mix dog’s name. In 1992 I found him dumped in the woods near a shooting range that I used to frequent. It was very hot summer time and no water was to be found for miles around. I had a water cooler but nothing for him to drink out of so I used my hard hat. I said, “Thanks to OSHA, you have something to drink out of.” I took him home and cleaned him up and took him to the vet. They estimated him to be 1 to 2 years old. I had to put him down today. Rest in peace old fella. You were a good dog.


13 posted on 08/06/2008 11:27:16 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker; Abathar

Your sarcasm detectors must be turned off.


14 posted on 08/06/2008 11:30:29 AM PDT by OSHA (framing it as though you've magically neutralized any potential negative eventuality)
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To: BGHater
the City of Pickering has charged him with operating an illegal business - even though he's never charged a penny for his work.

Ah, gotta love those mindless bureaucrats, no matter what country they remain the same....stupid.

15 posted on 08/06/2008 11:32:34 AM PDT by Snurple
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To: BGHater

If fixing somebody’s stuff for free is a crime, I guess I’m a repeat offender, and I know I’m not alone. All the people who have fixed stuff for me and not charged me are criminals, too, according to the idiot Canadian govt.


16 posted on 08/06/2008 11:37:02 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: OSHA

Sarcasm detector? You mean people on here use sarcasm? I’m shocked!!!!


17 posted on 08/06/2008 11:39:59 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: fish hawk
What? Canada has Hilliary Handy Care?
18 posted on 08/06/2008 11:40:17 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: IYAS9YAS
When I was young, there was always someone, or several someones, around my neighborhood who could fix just about anything, and you could learn something from. Now, nobody even talks to their neighbors...

Hear hear!

Same for me, and though I live in a small apt complex, I always introduce myself and my wife to any new neighbors. We will always help anyone here, if we can.

This might have something to do with my 60 year old wife growing up on a SD ranch and myself (57) growing up in a small CT town.

FMCDH(BITS)

19 posted on 08/06/2008 11:42:03 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: BGHater

Cite every member of the city council that is behind this for running an unlicensed political lobbying company out of their homes. Cite them for violations going back to whenever the law was enacted or whenever they started their political careers, whichever came first.


20 posted on 08/06/2008 11:42:36 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: OSHA
Your sarcasm detectors must be turned off.

My sarcasm detector is just like my give-a-damnometer - broken.

21 posted on 08/06/2008 11:46:00 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: jeffc

When it comes to this type of enforcement, the complaints usually come from business interests looking to the government to throttle any form of competition.


22 posted on 08/06/2008 11:50:57 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: Squawk 8888

nothing more dangerous than business and gubermint in bed together.

it usually ends up with us taxpayers being forced to be “consumers” of both.


23 posted on 08/06/2008 12:08:31 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Sarcasm detector? You mean people on here use sarcasm? I’m shocked!!!!

Troubling but true! :^)

24 posted on 08/06/2008 12:12:40 PM PDT by OSHA (framing it as though you've magically neutralized any potential negative eventuality)
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To: BGHater
But Pickering's commercial zoning bylaws do not allow any form of home business whatsoever - and the penalties are severe.

Now, I can kind of grasp the nurse who has the garden - shoe does "sell" stuff from it (although still seems rather Gestapo-like).

But Grandpa fixing folks stuff for absolutely FREE... What part of that classifies it as a "business"?

25 posted on 08/06/2008 12:13:15 PM PDT by TheBattman (Vote your conscience, or don't complain about RINOs!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

I’m sorry to hear you lost your dog. It’s a tough day for you.


26 posted on 08/06/2008 12:23:15 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

Huh? It’s OSHA who lost his dog, and it was 3 years ago.


27 posted on 08/06/2008 12:25:19 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: IYAS9YAS

Funny you should mention that. I had a next door neighbor teach me electronics and mechanics so that by the time I was 12, I was a better wrench than my 17 year old brother.


28 posted on 08/06/2008 12:31:11 PM PDT by Lx ((Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.))
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To: BGHater

Who does that thug, criminal think he is....avoiding all of the taxes that go with doing anything but breathing! The danger that he could start a trend of tax avoidance could bring down the entire country. I say execute him on the spot...along with his entire family and their pets.


29 posted on 08/06/2008 12:34:59 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

I am so sorry to hear that...

We have a chow mix in our family, my parents found it roaming and it is the best dog they ever had.

I know how hard it is to have to do, I have one that is 14 and it is just a matter of time for me also, he has cancer they think.

There is nothing in this world better than a good dog IMHO, I am a grown man and will be unashamed tear streaked when it comes time to do it.


30 posted on 08/06/2008 12:39:12 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: BGHater

No good deed goes unpunished.


31 posted on 08/06/2008 12:48:31 PM PDT by Stark_GOP
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To: Squawk 8888
Admittedly, this case is just stupid unless the man is being a nuisance.

When it comes to this type of enforcement, the complaints usually come from business interests looking to the government to throttle any form of competition.

Not always.

I'm on a lot, 200x100 ft, and some of my neighbours could use a good *$^%## kicking.

One of my neighbours is in construction, and steals everything he can, for "eventual" use at home. Until that appointed time, all the materials sit in his yard. His wife runs a wood work refinishing business, and so aside from the mess next door, I can enjoy the wonderful music of saws all day. Including Sundays and holidays.

Another one sold his car repair place in the city, and now runs a garage out of his home.

.

If someone wants to run a business, which this nice old man wasn't doing,......more power to them.

Just don't do it 15 feet from my back yard when only residences are allowed.

Flame away.

32 posted on 08/06/2008 1:57:46 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: Abathar

Aaarrrghh! Another one! It’s OSHA who lost his dog, and it was 3 years ago. I was responding to a poster who was needling OSHA about his screen name, and thought I’d post the explanation from his profile page, as I recalled seeing it in the past.


33 posted on 08/06/2008 2:36:03 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: fanfan

No flames here, people who disturb neighbours deserve a whupping, but unfortunately most bylaw officers seem to go after those who are harmless.


34 posted on 08/06/2008 3:48:12 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: Squawk 8888

Those would be the easy targets.


35 posted on 08/06/2008 4:47:33 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: BGHater

Like they used to say in the Soviet Union:

“That which is not compulsory is prohibited.”


36 posted on 08/07/2008 9:08:51 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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