A hunt camp can be anything from a small shed to an insulated building, but they aren’t homes, have no civic address, no postal delivery, no garbage pickup and generally, no hydro or road maintenance.
Yet, new technology is used by government agencies to find out where such structures exist, and when they’re found, property owners are subjected to a shake down for building permits and supplementary tax bills.
In some cases, we could be talking about a glorified outhouse in the middle of nowhere!
The details in the case of the McNab family who purchased a 300-acre farm in Mississippi Mills, Ontario in 2007 as told in a Landowner Magazine article, provide an example.
In 2016, they say they received a registered letter stating it had recently come to the municipality’s attention that a hunt camp had been built on their property and failure to apply for a permit some nine years earlier, may result in a fine of $500—per day.
And how did the township discover the hunt camp?
It appears government agencies are spying on citizens, all the while hoping we won’t catch on to this abuse of authority.
The McNabs remain mired in bureaucratic red tape to this day, but two things come to mind:
First, next time the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is tinkered with, how about we include private property rights?