Ministry of Controversy

Lawn wars ad infinitum

This discouraging item in the Ottawa Citizen:

Dianne Perras has been tending her front-yard garden for eight years, so she was horrified when she got a letter from the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation telling her to tear it up within a week so it could be replaced by grass.

Perras is a renter, so she is negotiating with the CEO of her housing corporation, who seems to be more understanding than the property manager who sent her the letter. Looks like she may be able to keep her garden (which apparently is a pretty conventional affair, with lilacs, irises, and other old-fashioned favorites), but what about other renters? It seems like there should be new language in leases that spell out what kind of gardening tenants can do.

Posted by on September 3, 2008 at 5:30 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.
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2 responses to “Lawn wars ad infinitum”

  1. Bob Vaiden says:


    Get rid of all of those beautiful flowers to make room for alien weed-grass…

    She’ll be a better citizen for it… 😉

  2. Becca says:

    I wish I hadn’t clicked on that link. There was a story about two teenagers who killed a neighbor’s cat by putting it in a microwave. What is WRONG with people!?! The judge ordered them not to own pets for two years but said taking their cell phones away was “too harsh.” What?!? I think they should be “neutered” (to use a polite term) and get them out of the gene pool. Sorry, but I just cannot understand how people can be so cruel.