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Minicipalities of Central Ontario

Michael J. Bainbridge January 21, 2011 06:38PM
The townships of central Ontario (probably the whole province, but I'm not going to concern myself with that) amalgamated a few years ago into municipalities. For example, the (now historical) townships of Lutterworth, Anson, Hindon, Minden, and Snowdon in Haliburton Co., became the Municipality of Minden Hills. There are maps coming out now that show only these amalgamated municipalities.

As part of the "Bancroft Area" clean-up, I'm interested in addressing are the parts of the geographical counties that cover the Ontario portion of the Central Metasedimentary Belt. These are: Peterborough, Haliburton, Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Renfrew, Lanark, and Leeds & Grenville.

I'm not proposing to sit down over the course of a week-end and systematically re-structure the whole area or anything, but I am looking for input about a unified approach to bring the db in line with the current geo/political divisions (hopefully with the help and/or cooperation of other posters).

What makes sense to me is to just add a municipality tier between township and county.

ie Lutterworth Township, Mun. of Minden Hills, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada.

I believe that these new municipalities are just amalgamations of whole townships, so this shouldn't create any problems with sub-localities. Both the township and the municipality would then exist in the locality name (no loss of historical data, or changing of labels, and both are easily searchable). I wouldn't be surprised if there were exceptions though, so I will do a bit more research first.


Reiner Mielke January 21, 2011 09:49PM
Who knows when the government of the day will change things again. Seems to me the only thing that doesn't change are the township boundaries. I am inclined to want to leave out these municipality names, but I guess they will have to be included since sooner of later someone is going to have a specimen simply labeled Minden Hills.
Rob Woodside January 21, 2011 10:18PM
Sounds very reasonable. Reiner is right, the regional municipalities will start showing up on labels.
Peter Haas January 21, 2011 10:38PM

Please specify which townships have to be merged into which municipalities, and I'll do the rest. There is a powerful tool available (to managers) which has been specifically designed to accomplish such mass changes.
Michael J. Bainbridge January 22, 2011 12:33AM
Thanks Peter, I'll start working on a list.
Michael J. Bainbridge January 22, 2011 01:40AM
Reiner, I'm not entirely thrilled about it myself, but if you look around the db for these counties (and others I'm sure) you'll see some people have already started to do this in a sort of hodge-podge sort of way. This at least will help to ensure a certain amount of consistency.

Here's the other thing... Imagine trying to locate an occurrence in whatever township, on a map with no townships (that's exactly what happened to me the other day). The cross-referencing was a major pain in the neck. At least this way there's a one-stop reference as to which Tps. are in which municipality.

It's a pain either way, but I believe this is the lesser of two evils.

Matt Neuzil January 24, 2011 03:21PM
I dont know if this link could help in assessing things?

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Michael J. Bainbridge January 24, 2011 04:10PM
That could be very helpful, thanks!
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