Espanola woman alleges bylaw enforcement is harassing her

An Espanola woman is hoping to meet with council to discuss the snow removal bylaw and what she perceives as harassment by the local bylaw enforcement agency hired by the municipality.

Wanda Laplante says she has spoken to the town office, but staff and council has made it clear they cannot speak beyond the bylaw.

Laplante has the option of going to court to fight the ticket issued by the bylaw officer and challenge him with harassment in the court setting.

Although hired by the municipality to enforce bylaws not overseen by Ontario Provincial Police, council has no grounds to interfere with the officer and the bylaws he enforces.

Bylaw officers are considered peace officers under the law and the only option to address her complaint is in the court.

She plans to still meet with council to discuss her concerns, more so since she is a senior who takes care of her own property.

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