Renters unfairly affected by bylaw

I’m furious with Chilliwack’s ridiculous Bylaw. 3044, “Nuisance, Noxious or Offensive Trades, Health Safety Bylaw 2004.”

I’m furious with Chilliwack’s ridiculous Bylaw. 3044, “Nuisance, Noxious or Offensive Trades, Health Safety Bylaw 2004.”

As a renter I am subjected to quarterly visits by a bylaw inspector under employ of our rental agency, most recently at the worst time possible for I was attempting to put our two-year-old child to bed and was on the receiving end of his two-year-old anger when, yay, the doorbell rings and there is the official. There went the last hour of my life as now my son is wide awake again and assuredly cranky as all get go until bed time that night.

How unfair is this? From my experience and reading of the news, grow-ops, which are becoming Sharon Gaetz’s downfall as mayor, aren’t found in rental four-plexes or apartment buildings. They are found most often in large-scale operations in whole houses or barns or trailers that seem dark and dim to their neighbours and are hence flagged by authorities as possible grow-ops.

Seldom is a young family of five with three school-age children, barely getting by in a small, two-bedroom apartment I might add, the proprietors of a grow-op.

Go target the real criminals out there and leave people such as myself alone for crying out loud.

This bylaw is a total invasion of my privacy and I shall pursue legal avenues to prove that it violates my constitutional rights if our city doesn’t open its eyes and quit codifying laws under a totalitarian regime, which is clearly the path Chilliwack is on under Sharon Gaetz, think CEPCO, the downtown core, the Corner Nook, Panorama Ridge, it only gets worse and worse.

Mike Castle

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