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01-Oct-2011 No authority behind the rules...... 
• Minister Deb Matthew's Health ministry staff thought they had the power to make rules about wading pools. Staff was wrong - and their unauthorized rules closed down wading pools early. Parents and caregivers made it clear they want their pools open
Neighbourhood wading pools closed early on a hot July day (2011). The Minister admitted her Ministry officials made a mistake; they did not have the authority to regulate wading pools, and the pools should not have been shut down. The Minister explained that these rules were only "guidelines" and not enforceable regulations. How could city health boards, other city staff, or citizens know what rules are enforceable, and which are only guidelines?
To date, the Minister has not clarified her staff's authority to make rules.
What were - and are - the other, unseen costs of civil servants making rules for wading pools across the province?
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