Editor, The Times:
Back in the days when I owned a commercial fish boat, I moored in False Creek.
When I was down in Vancouver I lived on it during that time.
In fact, my youngest daughter lived on the same boat when she was attending Langara College for one winter. Others also called these floating vessels home. Some retired, others working, one of them was a welder who specialized in stainless steel.
There always was this undercurrent of, “Oh, you people should not be living on boats here in Vancouver.” In fact, some marinas had banned the practice, but at that time those liveaboards at False Creek Fisherman Wharf were safe for the time being.
True, there were issues such as lack of holding tanks on certain vessels, but that could well have been solved. For me, I was in the process of installing a holding tank when I sold my license and gave the boat to my son in 2009, thus ending any connection with False Creek.
When I first heard of this no living in motorhomes and travel trailers I had to shake my head. A friend of mine has her daughter’s travel trailer in her back year in which she resides from time to time. Would that be banned?
So a couple of days back I caught a ride from Tom and Sandy Coles down past Barriere to a rural farm where a couple had been served an eviction notice because they live in a large travel, rather than a mansion on the hill, they just can’t stay!
It was that moment among the 30 some odd people who had convoyed down there to support this couple it hit me between the horns, this is monstrous.
Pull the roof out from over a Canadian citizen’s head or evict them — all the same thing. Some saw this as a manifestation of communism. Myself and some others see it as the ultimate free-market capitalism. The triumph of the one to five per cent. I’ve got it all — you can’t have anything.
And this is bad — very bad indeed.