October 24, 2008
CALEDONIA – Progressive Conservative leader John Tory is calling on the provincial government to pony up some cash for a pair of homeowners whose property sits next to the former Douglas Creek Estates.
Dave Brown and his partner Dana Chatwell are less than two weeks away from losing their home as a result of missing several mortgage payments, their lawyer said this morning.
The couple, who have been caught in the crossfire between a Six Nations land dispute next door and the provincial and federal governments, have now lost much of their money, including RRSPs and the college fund for their teenage son, Brown said.
As a result of the stress from the situation, Brown lost his job some time ago. A hair salon Chatwell had been operating out of the couple’s home has also been closed.
Tory, who was in Caledonia this morning, called on the government to financially compensate the couple for what they have been through, while picking up the tab to relocate them and protect their home until the land dispute matter is resolved.
Tory said if the family lived next to what turned out to be a chemical site or some other such place that was not safe, the government would step in and help.
“This is a house they bought and paid money for in good faith like everybody else did, and through no fault of their own that house is constantly under siege,” Tory said.