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Hamilton Conservation Authority to expropriate land from Greensville home to re-establish waterfall trail
(Flamborough Review, Mac Christie, Oct 31 2017)

The Hamilton Conservation Authority is attempting to expropriate a piece of property from a Greensville homeowner to re-establish a trail connecting Webster’s and Tews Falls.

The HCA plans to expropriate a 36-square-metre swath of land owned by Luc Lalonde and his partner Moyez Ladhani. Lalonde said the pair is very disappointed the HCA chose to take the path of expropriation.

“It’s a shame that they’ve decided to take this route,” he said of the HCA. “It seems like they want to accommodate the Toronto tourists, instead of the residents.

“Conservation has basically chosen to solve its problems at the expense of taxpayers.”

Lalonde noted the two sides have tried to come to alternative solution, which involved ceding the HCA land on a different part of their property to build a trail.

”We offered them land that would basically solve the problem at no cost to the conservation authority,” he said. “We offered them an alternative route through our property that would protect our family and our security and offer more control over the people visiting.

“That was rejected.”



The section of property in question was previously the location of a long-standing trail between the two waterfalls. However, in September 2016, the landowners closed the trail due to safety concerns.

“We’ve had break-ins — you name it, we’ve had it,” Lalonde said, noting the couple, who purchased the property in 2010, has three eight-year-old children. In one instance, he added, someone broke into their home and had to be removed by police.

Lalonde noted the number of visitors crossing the trail, effectively in the home’s front yard, has skyrocketed from 40,000 people crossing the trail in 2010 to 200,000 in 2016.

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