The City of Campbell River designates the art gallery as a bad neighbour and denys it's tax exemption
after unhoused seek shelter under awnings
We moved to Campbell River in the 70s and lived in a tent with our infant son in Elk Falls park.
After I started work at Goldrup Hulls we moved into a trailer with Cindy. Vic sent me to Hadley’s Bay where I worked for a year. We got out for on a seine boat at Christmas but after buying provisions for the next six months, we ran short of funds. The Royal Bank refused to lend us $200 to tide us over. No collateral. Today the Royal Bank of Canada manages over one trillion dollars. We bank there. This year, the local branch in Campbell River started locking the doors to the ATM after business hours. That's a pain.
Coun. Ron Kerr accused the gallery and Vancouver Island Mental Health Society — which runs a supervised injection site — of “having significant negative effects on our downtown community”
We worked up and down the coast and after working in Namu in 1979 had enough savings for my wife to earn a degree in education at SFU, beginning her teaching career in the spring of 1984 on Cortes Island. She taught in Campbell River for 26 years. That September I was injured at work at Q-Cove Boatworks on Quadra Island. WCB said I had a pre-existing condition. Welfare relocated us to Campbell River in 1985. In 1989, Phil offered me a job working in Woss. In 1994 the Federal Government took us to court demanding $30k for $13k we owed in student loans.
I was able to return home to in Campbell River in 1997, working in technology until 2007, when adverse reactions to prescribed medication destroyed my emotional, mental and physical health. I was working at the City of Campbell River at the time. It was the worst work environment that I had ever been in.
Today I work as an artist. My wife and I live well in a small zen garden. We are OK, but I have the emotional stability of pasta in boiling water.
Cindy and Phil were good neighbors.
They helped us when we needed help.
The City of Campbell River rejects art gallery's tax exemption: This isn’t a solution. This isn’t how we treat each other.
Mr Kerr is a nasty neighbor. Nasty neighbors have taken over our city.