The Star has an article on Metrolinx’s plans to expropriate (or not) the homes near the Georgetown tracks.
The regional transportation agency says the properties are not being expropriated. But it has served notice on nine properties it wants to buy because of their proximity to the tunnel….
If the residents absolutely don’t want to sell, Metrolinx won’t expropriate, [Stephen Lipkus] said. But it will have to look at more expensive and time-consuming construction….
Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne said the notification letter from Metrolinx to homeowners may have caused some misunderstanding. It wasn’t clear, she said, “that in some cases people will be able to stay in their homes, there just will be a lot of disruption.”
“The miscommunication as I understand it. . . that people assumed their home would be expropriated,” she added. “In this case I think there was some confusion.”
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath accused Wynne of backtracking under pressure because the letter to one homeowner said Metrolinx was clearly signaling intent to acquire people’s houses.