Unnecessary Eviction -Expropriation of Homes and Businesses
Decisions to expropriate proprieties around
were rushed into. Council this week voted to study yet another
site, mainly the future innovation district for use of the future Pan Am Stadium.
The question that many constituents are asking is why the City has decided to rush into a decision to remove tenants by using the Expropriation Act? What will happen to the properties that are currently being held by the City if another site is chosen or we lose Pan Am games all together? Is the City going to sell the expropriated land and properties to developers or will the City simply hold these properties. How are the uprooted families feel about the fact that now Council is eyeing yet another locations?
Council and the City moved forward with what is now a painful experience for many families and property owners. Why was there not a recommendation to hold an inquiry or a hearing, which is perfectly legal and extremely logical, under the Expropriation Act?
Council and the City’s planners knew the fact that they were dealing with a moving target and there was no real solution on hand for the location of the Pan Am Stadium. Council failed to reach an agreement with The Tiger-Cats and it was abundantly made clear that the football club was not interested in
. Nevertheless Council chose
to proceed with their decision and voted for West
Harbour . Now, if the state of affairs around future
location of stadium was undecided, then why did TheCity proceed to negotiate
and close deal under expropriation? West
I feel their sacrifices were in vain. Residents were uprooted from their neighborhoods which they have lived in for many years. If at some point, Council chooses another site other than
is the City prepared to pay damages to owners whose properties have been
expropriated. West Harbour
I fear that the decision to study
is also flawed and only serves as a band aid solution. The Park was intended
for research and development facilities which could potentially employ
thousands in the future. As a city, we may not want to admit that we may have
lost the Pan Am Games and it is time to move on and focus back on creating jobs
and making our city the best place to raise a child. McMaster
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