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  •  Industry vs the people (9+ / 0-)

    Destroying community garden

    Canadian Pacific (CP) Big Railroad company has a dispute with the city of Vancouver, BC over a railway corridor. Arbutus corridor is a defunct rail line through a residential area. Over the years, the community made the unused corridor into a garden space. CP wants to develop the property - turn it into real estate. The city wants the land for a greenway. The City offers to buy the land,  CP tries to charge the city 10 times the market price,  the city says no. So CP decides it suddenly needs to turn the corridor back into a rail line for freight. To show ownership and power, CP bulldozes the community gardens.  The gardeners beg CP to wait to allow them to harvest their crops in mid-September. CP said no and destroys the gardens.

    CP says:

    Arbutus Corridor
    "The Arbutus Corridor is an 11km long rail line that runs from False Creek to the Fraser River in Vancouver. For many years now, CP has been involved in conversations to convert the Arbutus Corridor for a number of combined public uses, such as a greenway, public transportation, community gardens and Eco Density development. Despite our efforts, the company and other parties have been unable to achieve a plan for the disposition of this valuable asset.
    As such, we are moving forward with upgrading this rail line to ensure it meets the regulated safety requirements for our operations. This includes surveying and marking property lines and clearing the right-of-way of encroaching vegetation or other items."
    The Mayor's office says:
    The mayor’s office released a statement about CP Rail’s work in the afternoon.

    “It’s very disappointing, given there is no business case for reactivating cargo trains. We’ve asked CP to respect the wishes of the local neighbourhood, and to continue to work with the City towards a long-term solution.”

    The mayor has said the city is prepared to purchase the land for “fair market value.” But in a letter he sent to CP Rail chief executive officer E. Hunter Harrison July 28, Robertson stated CP’s idea of fair market value for the land is a figure five times that of the city’s."

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