Morawietz said the legal dispute dates back to October 2008 — four years after Berardinetti moved in to the Birchmount and Danforth Roads area.
He said it started after he crossed through the Berardinettis’ land to fix his fence while he lived at the property with his mother.
Berardinetti threatened to call the police for trespassing, Morawietz said.
He was charged with criminal harassment and mischief to property after an ensuing dispute, he said.
“I had a lot of rights that were broken or squashed,” said Morawietz, who had lived at the address for almost 50 years before moving.
The City of Toronto Act allows necessary repairs to be made on adjoining properties, as long as they give notice and provide compensation in case of damage.
Before the incident, Morawietz said, the Berardinettis’ received a burning newspaper in their mailbox and installed security cameras around their house.
Berardinetti was not available for comment because she is a witness in the court proceedings, the co-chair of her campaign, Suzanne vanBrommel, said in an email to the Toronto Observer.
Although Morawietz said he isn’t running in the Oct. 25 election because of the conflict, he hinted that it inspired him to look into politics as a way to make changes to the city.
“Throughout my life I have had brushes with people in power,” he said. “It gave me time to look at the bigger fish in life.”
Morawietz is proposing TTC expansion options and the clean up of old factories to improve air quality.
“As far as they’re concerned I’m not at their level,” he said.