Fisherman, 78, faces eviction to make room for container terminal

A 78-year-old fisherman in Guysborough County could be evicted Thursday after refusing to sell his home to make way for a proposed container terminal on the Strait of Canso.

A 78-year-old fisherman in Guysborough County could be evicted Thursday after refusing to sell his home to make way for a proposed container terminal on the Strait of Canso.

Basil Scott has lived his entire life in the modest house on the Melford Loop road.

Unlike 10 other landowners, he refused to sell his home and turned down an offer of $30,000. A relative who lives nearby won't go either.

Joey Scott said if the Municipality of the District of Guysborough evicts his uncle, it will have to find somewhere for him to go.

"I told them they were basically responsible now," said Joey Scott. "They got to find him a place to live. If it's a jail cell, it's a jail cell."

A court order says sheriffs can evict Scott on Thursday as the result of an expropriation carried out last November.

Proponents of the $300-million Melford International Terminal, which calls for a rail facility and logistics park, hope it starts operating in three years.

Lloyd Hines, warden of the municipality, said the economically depressed area had to expropriate the land in order to attract business, even with a project that's still awaiting regulatory approval.

"Even if the container terminal doesn't get built, something else will," said Hines. "Deep ice-free ports on the East Coast aren't that plentiful. We're confident the infrastructure that has been created will be attractive for some other development."

Joey Scott is all for the 300 jobs that could come with a new container terminal. However, he said the company should ensure that his uncle and other family members who share ownership of the property get more money.

"The thing I don't understand is if you have a $350-million project, how do you take a 78-year-old man and move him out and basically give him nothing?" he said.

The municipality won't say if it intends to send a sheriff to remove Basil Scott from his home on Thursday.