Toronto

Residents seek relief from GO construction noise

A group of tired and frustrated Toronto business owners and homeowners say they've had enough with GO Transit's new track construction near Dundas Street West and Dupont Street.

A group of tired and frustrated Toronto business owners and homeowners say they've had enough with GO Transit's new track construction near Dundas Street West and Dupont Street.

At a public meeting on Monday night, some residents described the noise from construction as "disgraceful and inhuman."   The noise comes from the machinery driving massive pilings into the ground. 

It's expected to take another year before construction is complete.

Warren Kotler, who works on nearby Hook Avenue, said his import business is losing clients and he can't concentrate because of the constant pounding.

"The building shakes. The desk shakes. The floor shakes. My brain shakes," he said.

Kotler said GO is refusing to deal with residents' concerns. At a recent meeting, he said, GO turned up "ill-prepared." 

"I was just shocked ... they came with no answers. They came with a big drawing of the project and basically said 'We are 15 per cent through and we've got more to do.'" 

Politicians from all three levels of government attended Monday night's meeting to discuss GO's handling of the noise issue.

Member of the legislature Cheri Di Novo said it's time for GO to start listening to the complaints from local residents.

"We have to make more noise than the piledrivers," she said. 

Residents said they plan to ask the Canadian Transportation Agency to mediate a settlement.

Failing that, they said, they will pursue legal action to stop the construction and seek compensation for loss of income and health effects caused by the noise.

GO declined to comment.

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