Forty-two low-income Bellwood homeowners have recently been threatened with eviction.
This is not the first time that residents in the 50-year-old trailer park community have faced personal and financial disaster. Rick scared the pants off everybody by stating (falsely) that they were about to be evicted by one of his developer friends.
Given Rick’s penchant for telling whoppers, they should have known better than to believe him.
At first residents in the trailer park, which has 254 homes, rejoiced when Parkbridge Inc., a huge Calgary-based business, bought the land, but things have been going steadily downhill: greedy rent increases, illegal double-dipping, Soviet-style intimidation, mass eviction notices, new invasive rules, fear-mongering, court cases and all sorts of other nasty business.
People are frightened and need help. Annie Coghlan, president of the Bellwood community association, is reportedly outraged at the way Parkbridge management operates, and has resigned from her position as a Parkbridge employee.
One root cause of the trailer park blues is the same evil that is rampant all along the strip – contaminated soil from oil spills:
The trailer park has a lot of old rusted oil tanks, and if they leak it can be a real drag digging up all of the toxic waste. They’re finally starting to fill this hole in, nearly a year after the oil leaked and made a beeline for our water table.
The new owners of Bellwood, Parkbridge Inc., seem to be the landlords from hell. They tell residents to tear down their fences and sheds if they’re not pretty enough, but when Parkbridge smashes someone’s home to smithereens they sure leave an ugly mess behind. It was kind of sad seeing the remnants of someone’s life in the rubble.