Additional comment: as of June 3, 2015: taking away someone’s property should only be done as part of an exercise in justice and compensation–in the case where someone has been found responsible, with evidence and due process, of being guilty of some act or negligence that has harmed someone. Government power needs to be limited in that way. Media innuendo doesn’t count.
City of Toronto Taking Man’s Building Away
City of Toronto plans to expropriate infamous Parkdale roominghouse
torontosun.com, July 26 ’06
Almost eight years after a fire killed two people in a rooming house on Queen St. W., the city is expected to expropriate the derelict building from its owner and turn it into affordable housing.
The building’s owner, Rocco Cornacchia, said he has the backing of some community groups who want him to rehabilitate the building, and that’s what he wants to do.
“This is a family-run business, and we were not in a financial position to have been able to rehabilitate the building right after the fire,” he said. “This building is part of our livelihood and despite our difficulties, we have paid our taxes and kept this building safe since the fire.”