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Telecommunication tower power struggle

By Doug Hallett
Guelph Tribune
It appears Rogers Communications is trying to do an end run around a new city hall policy on telecommunications towers. It’s claiming the city has no jurisdiction if a tower is put up on CN railway lands near the corner of Alma and Crimea streets.
Rogers has told the city that the 95-foot-tall tower it wants to erect just east of Alma Street, on the north side of the tracks, comes under exclusive federal jurisdiction because it is railway land.
The city got notification of Rogers’ plans for the tower in January “as a neighbouring municipality,” says Patrick Sheehy, the city’s program manager of zoning. “They are saying we are a neighbouring municipality in our own city,” Sheehy said with an incredulous chuckle during an interview Friday.

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