Friday, April 10, 2009

Cemetery Act - Bill 149

Friday, April 10, 2009

Well, the Cemetery Act has passed the second reading.

This Bill, if it makes it through to the final reading, will protect all cemeteries, even if they are not registered. The number of unregistered cemeteries in Ontario is over 1200, and there are over 53 just in York Region, where I am located. Some of the small, abandoned family burial sites are being destroyed to make way for sub-divisions or other developments.

These tiny cemeteries contain not only family history, but part of the local history. These people make up the early settlers for the region where they are buried. Not only are we loosing green space, but the history of the country is disappearing with the burial sites.

If you live in Ontario, contact your local MPP and ask him/her to support this Bill when it comes up for the third reading.

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