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Beaconsfield snow fort cannot stand, security tells Yann Lefebvre

01/22/2015 10:49 EST | Updated 03/24/2015 05:59 EDT
It started off as a fun winter project for Yann Lefebvre's four young children.

“At the beginning of winter I told my kids I would build them the fort of all forts."

He decked it out with two snow couches, a snow coffee table and some discarded Christmas trees, much to the delight of his own children as well as the neighbourhood kids.

But what was supposed to be a source of enjoyment has turned into a pain for the Beaconsfield man.

"It's blowing up into this ridiculous argument with the city. I don’t know where to begin. I’m flabbergasted," Lefebvre told CBC Daybreak on Thursday.

Tear down that fort

Public security informed Lefebvre's wife in early January that the fort was blocking snowplows and needed to be torn down. Since then, he said his home has been visited by public works employees on several occasions.

Lefebvre said he made sure to build the snow fort at least a couple feet from the edge of his property.

"If you look at some pictures, I think it’s a short three feet," said Beaconsfield mayor Georges Bourelle.

Besides, he said, city property technically extends six feet from the edge of the street and so the fort is on city property.

"We’re not against snow forts," Bourelle said.

However, a snowplow ended up tearing down about half the fort — by accident, Bourelle said.

Lefebvre decided he would not take it lying down, and rebuilt the damaged part of the fort.

"I think it's ridiculous," he said.

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