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City loses lawsuit to Chinese owners wanting to demolish Shaughnessy house

November 27th, 2017 · 1 Comment

I’m surprised more media didn’t report on this Supreme Court decision that found the city at fault for delaying so long on a decision about a Shaughnessy house (whether to allow demolition or designate it as heritage).

Perhaps it didn’t take off because there were no easy heroes to cheer for. It pitted some offshore buyers of the historic Walkem House at 3990 Marguerite against city planners.

At any rate, here is the full decision.

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  • A Taxpayer

    Chalk one up for property rights. If the City believes they are justified in capturing an increase in property values through re-zoning, then by the same logic they should compensate the owners whose properties are devalued through a Heritage designation made by the City.