Numerous houses in the village of Brougham, ON have been demolished this fall, including this once lovely property (click on photos to enlarge). The entire village was expropriated by the federal government in 1972 for the proposed Pickering airport. A recent needs assessment report concludes that an airport must be built in Pickering between the years 2027 and 2043 – 55 to 72 years after the federal government declared that it urgently needed the land for a second Toronto international airport.

The house being demolished in Brougham today was a solid brick bungalow built in the 1960s. After nearly 40 years of neglect by the government landlord and damage by tenants, it is one of over 50 village and farm houses on the proposed airport lands that have been declared uninhabitable and targeted for demolition.