Oakville Homes

March 19, 2009

Mattamy Pleads Guilty – for a change

You may remember that back in July 2008, Mattamy Homes was charged by the Rideau Valley Convservation Authority for unauthorized placement of fill in the floodplain of the Jock River. They tried to arrange for a permit, grandfathered prior to the dumping date.

Well, for your information and, something not being run in the regular press, Mattamy Homes pled guilty to the charge and received a $5000 fine. In addition, Mattamy will also relocate the berm to a location on the property where it is not expected to have any effect on the control of flooding, erosion, pollution or the conservation of land. They have also agreed to stabilize the area of the existing work with suitable vegetation.

I understand that by pleading guilty, they didn’t have to have a trial and thus media attention.  So, the ads will still run showing them being concerned about families, they’ll still get media attention for donating and, they’ll still be able to hide the flaws behind all the good media attention they get.  Glad to see a jurisdiction that doesn’t bow to the will of Mattamy Homes and they do something about the illegal acts that Mattamy Homes has committed.  I only wish the Town of Oakville, instead of accepting multiple donations, had the guts to do something about Mattamy Homes putting in illegal (code) wiring and putting people’s lives at risk.  Cudos to Ottawa.

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2 Comments »

  1. That’s good news, but ain’t $5,000 a comparatively smaller fine which is paying?

    Comment by vishal — March 19, 2009 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • Agree that the amount is small potatoes but, the fact they pled guilty without going to trail speaks a lot on the validity of the original charge. A court case might have gotten a bigger fine but, it would have cost the taxpayer money. From Mattamy’s point of view, this escaped the media attention.

      Comment by oakvillehomes — March 19, 2009 @ 12:29 pm | Reply


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