CELA Welcomes Clotheslines

Jan 21 2008

Toronto: The Canadian Environmental Law Association welcomed the announcement today that the Ontario government is moving ahead with a regulation to allow clotheslines in single family homes, town houses and row houses, and declaring invalid any legal covenants or by-laws purporting to restrict those clotheslines.  CELA has long advocated removal of these types of legal restrictions in order to promote use of clotheslines.  These types of restrictions are from a by-gone era when certain members of society believed that residential streets should all have a certain uniform “look” that did not include clotheslines. “Over the last 50 years, legally binding rules called restrictive covenants have been put in place in thousands and thousands of residential developments across this province to curtail clotheslines, for no good reason except to support an antiquated view of “modern life” and the appearance of back yards,” stated Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director with the Canadian Environmental Law Association.  “We called on government in the 2005 amendments to the Electricity Act to be able to outlaw these restrictive covenants and any municipal by-laws that purported to restrict or prohibit clotheslines.”  At the time the Electricity Act was amended to allow for today’s move by the provincial government. CELA will be providing detailed comment to the government in response to today’s posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry.- 30 - For more information: Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director - Cell 416-662-8341