City cleared to buy properties - Brantford Expositor - Ontario, CA: "In a report released Tuesday on the results of a hearing of necessity under the Expropriation Act, inquiry officer Victor Freidin held that the city's bid 'is reasonably defensible' to acquire 'in the public interest' all the lands belonging to owners who objected to the city's ongoing bid to take over 41 properties on or around the south side of Colborne is 'reasonably defensible.'
The sole exception is the property with the tall building at 35 to 39 Colborne, owned Donald Fines and Co. Inc.
Freidin held that the city's case fell short on several points, and that the 'private interest outweighs the public interest.'"
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