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Vancouver community gardeners lost their plot



August 17, 2014

Vancouver community gardens that have flourished along a disused rail corridor for more than 10 years have been destroyed by CP Rail, despite the City of Vancouver opposing the clearing and the fight going all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

It’s a long time since the Arbutus rail corridor has carried any trains, but CP Rail insists it has the right to demolish the gardens to get the railway track and surrounding infrastructure up to Federal operating standards. The city, which doesn’t want a return to freight trains on the line, has offered to buy the land but so far CP Rail has rejected what it considers to be an inadequate price.

Although the rail corridor hasn’t carried train for years, it seems that the Vancouver’s community gardeners are now caught in the governmental crossfire.

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