Given the implications, this story should have been on the front page:
A B.C. Supreme Court justice has awarded three Cambie Street merchants more than $180,000 as compensation for financial hardship experienced during Canada Line construction between 2005 to 2009. …
“I can find nothing in the evidence to suggest that the loss of profitability in fiscal 2007 and 2008 was due to any other factor than the work,” Justice Christopher Grauer wrote in his judgment.
“What made the construction intolerable, resulting in unreasonable interference, was the extended time over which access was restricted.” …
TransLink has been ordered to pay Schein $128,880, Dubberley $44,560 and Gautam $7,600. …
Here`s the kicker: “The ruling sets a potential precedent for other judgments.”
You bet it does: probably for every public works project that has any peripheral impact – mostly all of them, and certainly for projects like Surrey’s light-rail, already affected by escalating budgets for land purchase. (Thanks, BC Liberals, for the delay caused by the referendum.)
What additional amounts will now have to be estimated for Broadway, even if a bored tunnel? Station excavation is hugely impactful too, as this shot in Yaletown for the Canada Line illustrates:
You can bet that any business or residence seemingly affected by any public works will be lawyering up to make a case for compensation. And it’s not just the prospect of extra costs that will likely make some projects dubious; it’s the uncertainty. How many, how much, how long?
BTW, I see that Metro Vancouver is planning to replace a main waterline for the region in front of my building. There’ll be noise for months. Restrictions on our parking, Looks like they’ll close off the bike route. I feel a headache coming on.
Can I get the compensation in advance?