So You Think You Own Land?
“We believe that you should be aware that if the government does not honor our Crown patent, all legal title to properties in Canada could be worthless if caught up in a native claim…”
“I’ve had to deal with this for 23 years now. I eat, sleep and drink this thing,” Sauble Beach, Ontario, business owner Dave Dobson said Saturday in an interview. “It’s time to make people aware of what’s going on here.”
“Dobson is the owner of the ‘Crowd Inn’, a 67-year-old landmark take-out restaurant on the beach just north of the main Sauble sign.
“He owns the property, which he said was deeded through Crown patent in 1896 and is registered through the Ontario land registry system.
“But, because of its location, the property is part of the ongoing Saugeen ‘First Nation’ land claim to Sauble Beach north of Main St.
“Dobson, who took over the Crowd Inn from his dad and uncle in 1983, said he has spent more than $60,000 in legal and expert fees to defend his title to the land since being made aware of a land claim in 1992 and being named in the action in 1995.
“He said he fears the litigation could drag on for many more years, costing him much more money.
“Meanwhile, Dobson said he feels abandoned by the federal and provincial governments.
“He said Ottawa has shirked its responsibility to honour the Crown patent for the land.
“He has started an online petition…which calls on Canada to create a legally binding policy to protect the interests of third parties named in a ‘First Nations’ land claim…