By Jeff Wattrick
The Canadian Transit Corporation, the Matt Moroun-owned firm that operates the Canadian side of the Ambassador Bridge, is arguing in Canadian federal court that it should be exempt from Windsor’s municipal property standards.
Windsor Star: The city recently gave the CTC an Oct. 24 deadline to comply with 120 repair orders slapped on residential homes and other Olde Sandwich properties that were purchased, vacated and boarded up [between 2004 – 2013].
While the city is the target of the court filing, the province’s authority is also questioned by the applicant. The bridge company, citing the CTC Act passed by the Canadian government in 1921, states its property, supporting “North America’s most important international commercial border crossing,” is “a work and undertaking extending beyond the limits of the province.”
According to CTC Dan Stamper, Canadian law gives the bridge company the power to operate outside of city ordinances. Hey says the CTC aims to demolish the property to construct a two-to-three acre secondary inspection facility for trucks.
Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis, however, says he believes the bridge company’s real goal is to construct “a 40-acre truck stop right in the middle of Sandwich,” the historic Windsor neighborhood on the city’s west side.