Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ontario changes its line on clotheslines.

I can't understand why there would be restrictions on hanging laundry in yards anway. In fact with the recent emphasis on saving power perhaps Ontario should mandate that everyone yard should come with a clothesline!
Of course in the village where we live in Manitoba no one has ever suggested banning clotheslines. In the winter time however they are not of much use as clothes don't dry, they turn into ice laundry hard as a rock.

Ontarians free to hang clothes in yards
Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2008 | 12:17 PM ET Comments34Recommend50CBC News
If you live in a house in Ontario, no one can stop you from letting your clothes hang out in your own backyard.

But many apartment dwellers will have to keep popping change in the dryer if they can't find a spot in their cramped living rooms and bathrooms to hang their wet clothes.

Restrictions that ban clotheslines in ground-level homes, including those in agreements between home builders and buyers, are no longer in effect, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Friday at a news conference in Toronto.

Jane Almeida, a spokeswoman for the premier's office said the new regulations are retroactive to Thursday at 4 p.m.

However, they don't apply to agreements banning clothelines in apartment buildings and condos due to safety concerns, she told

Energy Minister Gerry Phillips said using a clothesline instead of a dryer will help families save money and reduce the demand for electricity, reducing pollution in the process.

Ontario currently relies on nuclear energy for more than 50 per cent of its power, hydroelectricity for 22 per cent, and burning coal for much of the rest.

The province announced in January that it planned to end clothelines restrictions by the summer.

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leftdog said...

I grew up in the early 50's in Regina and have vivid memories of line after line of clothes flapping in the wind on Monday 'wash day'. Our mothers hauled out the old wringer-washer machines, heated water, and went through the labour intensive exercise of laundry. There were 7 children in my family in the days of cloth diapers and my poor dear mother had someone in diapers for about 13 consecutive years!

I am glad to see the old wringer-washers long gone, but I welcome the return of the old fashioned clothesline! There is something equalizing for us all to have our 'unmentionables' flapping in the back yard!