A couple in Toronto purchased a house with a swimming pool. Since the wife was a qualified swim instructor, she immediately took in young students, three per half-hour session, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, plus her own two young children.
Her neighbor was a young female psychotherapist who took a few clients at her house, as well as studying for her PhD, and soon requested that she only teach in the evenings, and on the weekends. She ignored this request.
The neighbor needed quiet to work and study, and wanted her legally-mandated Peaceful Enjoyment of Property. She was informed that she was violating the 24-hour noise bylaw. She ignored this also.
Her local city councillor personally came out, to use his tact and diplomacy to negotiate a compromise settlement. She agreed to limit her hours to Noon till 5:00 PM. The councillor was barely back in his office, when she ignored the compromise, and reverted to all-day, noisy swim times.
The neighbor called Bylaw Enforcement, who came out and told her that she was violating a commercial bylaw which forbid an all-day, outdoor business. She was ordered to immediately Cease and Desist. She went to City Hall, paid $1000 for a variance, (I pronounce it ‘bribe’) and continued her noisy, all-day sessions.
When she learned that the neighbors had filed a grievance with the OMB – the Ontario Municipal Board – claiming that the variance should be declared invalid, she somehow managed to get the Toronto Sun to publish a half-page story c/w a photo of her and her skating rink swimming pool.
She vehemently asserted that it was the neighbor who continued to insist on getting ‘everything her way or the highway.’ There are none so blind as those who will not see – that they are the problem. 😳
I assume this is a true story. I wonder if it isn’t arrogance and entitlement, but rather clueless narcissism. Either way, why would a Canadian even bother with a pool?
I read it in the newspaper, so it’s truer than the Donald’s alternative facts. It’s assholery, no matter where you look it up in the dictionary – or psychotherapy textbook.
Swimming pools are double-usage for Canucks. We swim in them all summer – from July 28, all the way to August 11 – then we skate and practice hockey on them the rest of the year. 😉 😛
Hmm. I’m wondering if the variance money might be better used to install some kind of acoustic barrier between the pool and the neighbor’s house. I believe there are such things, used for example between houses and busy highways.
I’ve got one of those between me and the Regional road behind me. It’s 6′ tall, although they can be built higher. I wonder how high one would have to be to (only, partially) muffle the noise from five prepubescent kids.
My irritation is still not just with her arrogant entitlement, but her even more arrogantly entitled attempt to get a newspaper article to draw support for her law-breaking. 😯
Wow. Neighbors. Some of them should just fade away…….all I can do is shake my head, Archon!
I’ve only had one ‘bad’ neighbor. Your comment reminds me of the old The Who song ‘My Generation,’ where they sing why don’t you all just f.f.f.fade away? I ‘m sure that’s what they ‘fading’-well meant. 😉
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