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Developer Andrew Marquess erected two buildings on land that was to be set aside for a park.

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It appears city council and developer Andrew Marquess have become just a little too cosy with each other (Developer dinged for $170,000, March 12).

In many other jurisdictions, the offending buildings would have been simply ordered bulldozed, but instead city council set a "fine" (it might be called a "licence fee" in Marquess' office) at $250,000.

Then Coun. Mike Pagtakhan stuck his nose in and recommended the fine be lowered to $70,000 (plus loss of $100,000 deposit). All in favour? The ayes have it.

Coun. Jeff Browaty states: "We don't have an inspector on every corner." Why don't we? Evidently we can't trust councillors to stand up to errant developers.

BOB SALES

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 14, 2014 A8

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