The Toronto Star has a long article interviewing the owners of the nine houses that Metrolinx would like to purchase.
The letter Metrolinx sent last month to nine homeowners along the Weston rail corridor was straight and to the point.
It said their property “will need to be acquired,” in the process of expanding the tracks to accommodate expanded GO service and the coming airport rail link, and that “a member of our real estate team will be contacting you shortly to discuss the property acquisition.”
That impersonal message, delivered not by hand but to the mailbox, triggered a wave of resentment that culminated in property owners angrily shouting down Metrolinx executive director Stephen Lipkus during a design presentation at a public meeting in October.
Since then, the agency has learned its lesson….