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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tractors on the lawn okay... just not in the city

Last December, Helene and David How of Saskatoon lost their appeal of convictions of violating Saskatoon city by-laws prohibiting the repair and storage of vehicles on their urban property. The vehicles in question were restored tractors. They had carried on the hobby of restoring and displaying the tractors while living on their farm outside the city, and when they moved into Saskatoon they continued with the hobby. Both the trial judge and the judge on appeal dismissed the idea that the repair and storage were permissible because they were done in the context of a "hobby". If that were the case, they concluded, then one person would be permitted to repair and store tractor-trailer units on a property as a hobby, while a neighbour would be prohibited from the same activity because it was done to make a living.

Read the decision at: http://www.canlii.org/en/sk/skqb/doc/2009/2009skqb490/2009skqb490.html