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  • PETER L
    September 20, 2013 - 10:44

    Not everything is as it seems. Ther are about 300 cases in the courts where the province is claiming back crown lands where grants have been issued. There are many people who had land handed down through wills on lands granted by the crown. However the crown is now claiming back these lands, this started around 2003, claiming that if the land wasn't worked or used, it reverts back to the crown without notice to anyone. The person claiming to sell this land in question may have believed he was the owner due to grants and wills, and due to assessments by government and taxes paid to the municipality; and so may the legal people, however the crown takes a different view. It's a money grab by the crown, nothing more. there are several cases in Paradise, I know of them personally, one lady was almost bankrupted by the process, and now the government wants her to cover their legal costs because she lost, and she is on a fixed pension. So much for our caring government. The crown should not be doing this to the people, and Bay Roberts actually did what was best at the time. This was done by other municipalities as well.

  • Don II
    September 20, 2013 - 08:37

    It appears that the Crown is claiming ownership of land based on the fact that the Crown seems to believe that many rural land owners cannot prove their land title. However, it has been my experience that most people do have the original Grants or Deeds or can otherwise trace the title of their land back many decades. There appears to be a policy of land grabbing happening under the current Government of Newfoundland. The Government of Newfoundland was entrusted with maintaining secure possession and storage of land Grants and Deeds. In the late 1890's the Government of Newfoundland failed to protect many volumes of land title and Grant documents from destruction during several large fires that ravaged St. John's. In the case of the land in Bay Roberts, the ownership issue could have been clarified by referring to the Newfoundland Railway Maps, The Newfoundland Railway Range and Section Maps were drawn to show a surveyed block of land one square mile in area along the route of the railroad which would likely have included the area where the land in question is located. It is likely that the Newfoundland Railway maps of the Country Road area land which is located near where the railroad track was originally situated would have shown who owned that land in 1885. The Newfoundland Railway maps were transferred to the Government of Newfoundland when it purchased the Newfoundland Railway. The problem is that the Crown has conveniently "lost" or cannot find those Newfoundland Railway maps! In any event, due the malfeasance and carelessness of the Government of Newfoundland, any disputes involving privately owned land and Crown land, the legal presumption of unfettered ownership should be decided in favor of the private land owners.