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Still Waiting for Reassurance…

June 2011
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I asked for  clarification in the ongoing question about “special” waste storage and asked if our neighbour actually had a permit to store it here, as well as why the department would issue one in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. The answer I received was to contact the director of environmental protection.

However, I discovered that trying to get hold of a government department director on a Friday is not an area where one counts on success. I left a lengthy voice mail with his phone, but have  not yet received a response.

Part of the yard across the street.

Now, the neighbour has gone a bit weirder on us. He’s run a rope across the front of his driveway with bizarre things across the front. There’s some chairs, a vacuum, an exercise bike and a toilet seat tied to the rope. I’m not sure why the rope is there. I’m really not sure why the toilet seat is there. I am sure, though, that I don’t want to know why there’s a package of tampons on each of the chairs….



  1. I just don’t get it Doug.

    The City of Whitehorse has a number of by-laws that they don’t seem to enforce. I was told recently that it seems like they only enforce those that bring an immediate cash flow, such as parking meters.

    I understand your distress at having a mess like this across the street. I would be concerned for health reasons as well, given that it seems the individual keeps most anything.

    I wish I could offer some new insight on how to deal with this, but I have nothing.

  2. Bylaw has contantly worked to rectify the problem and I am amazed at the fact that some members simply haven’t given up. One Bylaw Officer visits the property several times a day and he has been issued more than 50 tickets in the last two years that I am aware of. However, a trial on a simple ticket, and he always opts to go to trial, can take six months or longer before it’s heard. If he gets adjournments because he doesn’t have a lawyer, which happens at least two times per ticket, each can take even longer.

  3. Glad to hear that bylaw is, in fact, on the case. It appears the system is broken, no?

  4. kara says:

    What a disaster!!

  5. Stacie says:

    That is SO weird, the tampons, the rope, the toilet seat. I was thinking the rope was to keep people out, but then the rest doesn’t add up. He really sounds like he has some mental issues, and that yard looks like an episode of Hoarders. And the batteries!??? I wonder what the inside of the house looks like…

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