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.