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-“I’m 86 years old, I’ve only got so much ability and so much financial resources.” In the meantime, he’s also been charged an additional 18 per cent late payment fee and another 10 per cent since. His bill now sits at $4000. “Well there’s no way I could come up with that kind of money,” the senior said. “So I decided to put the house on the market. Luckily, a guy was interested and he bought it, which was a relief. Even though I basically gave it away, it was a relief.”----------The Village of Ryley is a small community of 497 residents located just 50 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 14.--------Seniors advocates liken Yarmovich’s experience to elder abuse. “We allege that the CAO and the mayor and the council have subjected Mr. Yarmovich to virulent elder abuse,” said Ruth Adria, spokesperson for Elder Advocates of Alberta. “We’re outraged.” The organization has written a letter to the village asking for the painting fees to be waived and the lawn mowing fine to be returned. Adria said they also want an apology for Yarmovich and a promise not to treat any other seniors in Ryley the same way. “They’ve been in hiding ever since- so obviously we hit the mark,” Adria said. Yarmovich now plans to move out of the village he once loved and into nearby Tofield. “They’ve caused me enough frustration,” he said.------Nickï Allãn This man melts my heart. I don't even know him but contacted him to see if there was anything I could do. He's just the sweetest man I have ever spoke to. I am and will do anything that Bill needs. I lost my Dad years ago and I'd want someone to do that for my Dad - anyone to stand up and come forward in support. That's all.---


http://www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/home-adaptation-repair.html

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Julie Ali
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Easier ways to get folks to meet community standards. Ask for volunteers to help out the senior. Don't keep badgering him. Even if it takes three years to get the work done, so it takes this time. The seniors of Alberta built Alberta. Why would we not help them out in their time of need?

An 86-year-old man claims he's been bullied out of his home after the Village of Ryley saddled him with a $4000 bill for painting the exterior of his home.
GLOBALNEWS.CA|BY JENNIFER IVANOV

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http://globalnews.ca/news/3259972/86-year-old-alberta-man-sells-house-to-pay-village-painting-bill/
February 19, 2017 5:10 pm
Updated: February 19, 2017 6:43 pm

86-year-old Alberta man sells house to pay village painting bill

WATCH ABOVE: William Yarmovich claims he's been forced to sell his home in Ryley after the town saddled him with a $4000 bill he can't afford. Sarah Kraus reports.
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William Yarmovich has lived in the Village of Ryley, east of Edmonton, for nearly 20 years. He’s loved all of it except the last couple- he claims he’s been bullied by the village’s administration.
The 86-year-old told Global News he’s been forced to sell his beloved home and move into a friend’s seniors residence after he was saddled with a $4000 bill for painting the exterior of his home, a requirement of the village.
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Here's what the house looked like after 86 y/o William started scraping paint off. Broke two ribs when he fell from ladder. #yeg
His story begins in the summer of 2015 when Yarmovich says a village bylaw officer told him his home needed painting.
“I started scraping the loose paint and of course I fell off a ladder, broke two ribs and I was incapacitated for two months,” Yarmovich recounted.
While he was on the mend- he says he was issued a ticket by bylaw officers- fining him for “tall grass” on his property.
“They got somebody to cut the grass. Charged $200 for a job that’s worth $25,” he said.
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Yarmovich was also handed this $180 fee for someone to cut the grass at his house when he had 2 broken ribs from falling trying to paint.
The senior paid the fine and was given an extension on the painting of the house. The village requires homeowners to maintain the exterior of their homes as well as their yards through a ‘community standards’ bylaw.
By the summer of 2016, Yarmovich said he and a neighbour had about a third of the house painted.
“They gave me a time limit,” he said. “By the 31st of August I needed to have it done and of course it rained darn near every day. You do not put paint on wet lumber because it will not bind.”
That’s when Yarmovich says village administration took matters into its own hands, sending a crew out to paint the house and making him foot the bill, nearly $3500.
Yarmovich says he arranged to have the rest finished too – just not quick enough.
“I already bought the paint, I made arrangements to get it painted for roughly $800,” he said.
The senior has not been able to make the payment. He looked into getting government assistance for the maintenance, but was unsuccessful. Yarmovich said his only option was to sell the home and pay the bill.
“I’m 86 years old, I’ve only got so much ability and so much financial resources.”
In the meantime, he’s also been charged an additional 18 per cent late payment fee and another 10 per cent since. His bill now sits at $4000.
“Well there’s no way I could come up with that kind of money,” the senior said. “So I decided to put the house on the market. Luckily, a guy was interested and he bought it, which was a relief. Even though I basically gave it away, it was a relief.”
Ryley Mayor Lavonne Svenson did not answer questions when reached on Saturday, but told Global News “We have forwarded all of our documents to our legal council and are waiting for his response.”
Seniors advocates liken Yarmovich’s experience to elder abuse.
“We allege that the CAO and the mayor and the council have subjected Mr. Yarmovich to virulent elder abuse,” said Ruth Adria, spokesperson for Elder Advocates of Alberta. “We’re outraged.”
The organization has written a letter to the village asking for the painting fees to be waived and the lawn mowing fine to be returned. Adria said they also want an apology for Yarmovich and a promise not to treat any other seniors in Ryley the same way.
“They’ve been in hiding ever since- so obviously we hit the mark,” Adria said.
Yarmovich now plans to move out of the village he once loved and into nearby Tofield.
“They’ve caused me enough frustration,” he said.
He said he will miss his garden the most- where he grew vegetables for so many neighbours.
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William Yarmovich says he knew his house needed painting, and was working on it. Just not fast enough for the village of Ryley.
The senior, who worked as a contractor for over 35 years, said he felt bullied by the village.
“There are other houses that need paint more than mine, he just targeted me,” he said speaking of the bylaw officer.
The Village of Ryley is a small community of 497 residents located just 50 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 14.
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Julie Ali ·
While I understand that the Village of Ryley has a community standards bylaw and that everyone complies with this bylaw or gets to have the work done by outside contractors sometimes you just have to be a little less inclined to go the punitive route.

This man was trying to paint his place. He is 86 years old. He got injured. He may be slower than other citizens. In any case, I think it would have been better to see if there were any volunteers who would have helped out. Somehow I do believe that the folks in Ryley would have helped out this senior than to have him forced to sell his house.

It's pretty sad. Seniors like Mr. Yarmovich built Alberta; they deserve our courtesy, respect and kindness. Three years might seem like a long time to get work done but I am pretty sure that seniors don't have as much money or energy to get maintenance work done as they did when they were younger. Maybe next time the administrators do their best to help seniors get needed work done so that they can stay in their own homes?
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Ben Tover ·
Thank you Global for writing this piece. Why didn't the neighbours help him ?
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Julie Ali ·
I don't think the folks in the village knew about this matter.
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Bill Jackson ·
Go see a lawyer William!! You have an excellent case for total elder abuse against the Town af Ryley!! What a rotten bunch of people sitting up on their high horse thinking they are all so important!! Bloody sickening!! 
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Teresa Roper ·
It is a sad story when you hear it from only his side. But when you hear the other side - that there were over 100 complaints about his mess, his disrepair etc, and that a person close to his home lost a sale because of the "mess" across from her" it s a bit different. He had 3 years to ask for help but approached NO one until the town did it themselves and told him he had to pay.
3 years.. THREe YEARS!!!
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Julie Ali ·
This might seem like a long time but he is an elder. We need to understand that sometimes things take longer for seniors. At 86 years old you aren't as quick to get things done. I would say that there are better ways to get compliance.
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Dan Basler
What a SCUMMY village .You should move from that kind of Scum.
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Jeff Simmons ·
Fire the bylaw officer. Displays no knowledge in respect to service. As for the fees they should be waved. Elder abuse isn't something to be taken lightly. The organization should be sued and the Mayor with his council should be dismissed from public office. Shame on you!!
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Cheryl Reister ·
Outrages. I hope someone sees this and offers him free lawyer help. I cant believr a town would do this
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Rodge Villadsen
Way to go ryley 👎 the man is 86 how about a little compassion,and some volunteers??
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Richard Boyd ·
How sad that the old fellow lives in such a pathetic village . People who don't care about their neighbours are useless .
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Glen Whitten
What a lowlife. A real big man that bylaw officer is. He should feel proud. POS
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Samantha Shaw ·
Someone should make a gofund me account for this guy... this is horrible 
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Sue Abele
For a village of 497 ? And you treat People this way ? Your lucky anyone lives in your VILLAGE
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Orus Apollo
If I were premier. I would have Mayor Lavonne removed from politics.
What a MOTHERFUKING DISGRACE
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Geraldine Elizabeth Drewlo ·
Dont you sell a thing, tell the Riley mayor to hoop it. Not your idea in the first place. You will only get a bath once a week at the nursing home, you wont like it. You will not be treated nice there either. The Mayor should scrape the bill and he should move on to bigger and better things, like helping the elderly. Shame on you Mayor of Riley. I am originally from Alliance
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Bob Elliot
All government has to realize who they work for, and that seniors, who they easily disregard, are the one group that has contributed the most to the development of the country, provinces, cities and towns/ villages
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Christa Winsnes ·
When this person was served with notice so were multiple other people. All of which complied except for him. All others worked with the Village and made arrangements except for him. When the bylaws governing municipality are laid in black and white and have been in place for decades do we get to give one person special treatment because he refused to comply. I know families who in order to comply had to tear down building and incurred significant costs on their own not asking for special treatment. Before we throw sticks and stones perhaps we should know the whole story and all the circumstances, notices, events that occurred. This is a discounting but all to familiar example of how our news is based not on facts and all the facts but on opinion, editorial and whatever Global Newscan find to price together something g for 6pm. Well done hope you get sued!
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Clover Davy
THE FACT IS It rained every single week!
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Michael Van Der Hoek ·
Global gave them a chance to tell their side......they didn't so that's on them now they look like a bunch of goofs.......as they should
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Christa Winsnes ·
Clover Davy it didn't rain in May when the rest of the people served with notices complied. He never asked for help seemed to not be in a hurry. Look this is my town and I live here. There is so much more to this story that bill doesn't want you to know and what is not being reported. Our Council is not perfect but they are humans and do not lack compassion. They are family people. This did not happen lightly and not quickly. I wish that the author would have collected more facts before reporting. I am really sad to seem my hometown and good people slandered and crucified in the media like this.
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Nickï Allãn
Christa Winsnes - yeah, at least I am not the only one you threatened with a lawsuit. *slow clap-*
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Cheryl Botelho ·
Very disgraceful.
Maybe the people responsible for bullying this senior should be ran out of town!!!
Should be ashamed of themselves.
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Linda Robbins ·
Talk about being unfairly treated. $ 200 for lawn mowing is outrageous. Must have made nice profit from that as well as the house painting
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Christa Winsnes ·
People need to have the full story. This person has more than enough money to pay his bills and was simply to cheap and stubborn. #fakenews.
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Holly Flaht
you live in Edmonton
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Christa Winsnes ·
Holly Flaht I live in the Ryley community. My famIly was actually one of the families required by notice to clean up our yard. Which we did willingly and did not ask for special treatment.
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Holly Flaht
Christa Winsnes are your family 86
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Bob Joe ·
You would think to give the old man some leeway. Maybe help him out instead of fining him with bylaws. I'm guessing he lives alone and an 87 year olds are generally stubborn. Regardless of that, what disgraceful way to treat your seniors.
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Christa Winsnes ·
Holly Flaht very close my family members that had to clean their yards are well into their 70s and on a limited income. They unlike Bill communicated and worked with the Village. We made a plan and stuck to it. Guess what it rained on us everyday and we worked through it.
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Holly Flaht
Christa Winsnes Then you and other villagers should of helped Bill too
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Muriel Arsenault Monk ·
Christa Winsnes are
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Christa Winsnes ·
Holly Flaht he didn't ask. Simple as that. Also important to note that we had ample time to comply. It may have rained in July but it didn't rain when we were working in may. This was not a fast process from the time botoces were served till carried out. As I said previously this is a half trudged story. There is far more to the story than what is being reported.
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Bill Demers ·
Christa Winsnes why don't you tell the whole story then? The mayor and Council and the bylaw officer don't want to share it with Global News That sounds fishy by declining to comment on their part.
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Carol Boire Harke ·
Wow SHAME ON THEM! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!
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Susan Penman ·
Not quite the whole story. I'm very aware of it and it's really not as it states
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Nickï Allãn
This man melts my heart. I don't even know him but contacted him to see if there was anything I could do.

He's just the sweetest man I have ever spoke to. I am and will do anything that Bill needs.

I lost my Dad years ago and I'd want someone to do that for my Dad - anyone to stand up and come forward in support.

That's all. ❤️💟
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Carlos Pires ·
No difference I pay around 1500.00 for snow cleaning in 2015 wen I hurt my back what that job may cust 30.00
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Lloyd Ryan
Cowards hide behind Legal Counsel. The 260 pound guy who smashed my eye glasses into my face and blinded my right eye in 2014 has been hiding behind 3 different lawyers. This is no way to treat an 86 year old senior especially one who sustained injuries while trying to comply with a Bylaw order. They should rename this Village to be A$$hole Ville Alberta and Mayor Lavonne Svenson should be referred to as "His A$$holeship".
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Lorraine Doig
In a "real" neighbourhood, people would come tgether, paint the house, cut the grass , have a pot luck supper and a dance! That's the old fashioned way neighbours look after their elderly. Give me the "good old days" anytime.
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Kirsten KB ·
I had the same thought! I would have been happy help!!
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Jolene Hackett ·
Right!!
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Niki Latter ·
And if I had known about this I would've come from the city to cut his lawn for NOTHING!! I can't believe this town!!!!!
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Hyacinth A. Lumogdang ·
Thats a real neighborhood with REAL people
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Mike Collins ·
Riley you should be ashamed of your self this gives every resident their a black eye that's how Albert and treat their elderly disgusting
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Bob Joe ·
Unfortunately conservatives are a selfish bunch that only care for me me me
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Kelly Williams
Bob Joe again stop making this political!!!
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Kelly Williams
Bob Joe and oh really that's why the left wing nuts only tax Canadians into poverty!
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Chris Ahern ·
The Village of Ryley is a shithole.
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Lou Lafrance ·
Had some things like that done to me ,from the county of ......
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Patricia Fox ·
Some the council of Riley Alberta are disgraceful evil rednecks who abuse their elderly I guess .
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Peter Jonigkeit ·
The only reason some people get into municipal politics is for the power trips they derive from it. Here is a perfect example.
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Holly Flaht
I was just in Ryley a few hours ago, I think they are disgusting. Its a old falling apart town, would think they would cherish as many residents as they can
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Darwin Halcrow ·
That is so despicable on so many levels that this elder had been put through. It is disheartening that this is another example of what Alberta is coming too
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Monique Germaine Storoschuk Jones ·
Town officials should be ashamed. They should be buying this gentleman a new home considering they're the reason he lost his.
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Barry Mclean
Some Lawyer should take his case and file a lawsuit against the town, or village.
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Christa Winsnes ·
When this person was served with notice so were multiple other people. All of which complied except for him. All others worked with the Village and made arrangements except for him. When the bylaws governing municipality are laid in black and white and have been in place for decades do we get to give one person special treatment because he refused to comply. I know families who in order to comply had to tear down building and incurred significant costs on their own not asking for special treatment. Before we throw sticks and stones perhaps we should know the whole story and all the circumstances, notices, events that occurred. This is a discounting but all to familiar example of how our news is based not on facts and all the facts but on opinion, editorial and whatever Global Newscan find to price together something g for 6pm. Well done hope you get sued!
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Lillian Cheeseman ·
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Christa Winsnes this was pure bulling , charging this rate to a senior who has being supporting the village for 35 yrs, how many more fall of the ladder and incure weather coniditions etc. I think the village treated this person very unfairly and tried to infer with his way of life. Now it seems like you are taking sides with the operators of the village sticking your comment in here twice .
just remember karma has a way of taking care of people like u and the such.
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Barry Mclean
What a group of idiots, shame on you.
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Lana Lyon
Very very sad. Feel terrible for this elderly man. Was there no one to speak on his behalf?
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Frida Langley ·
Interesting the heavy handed way a local government treats its senior, a long term taxpayer. Yet it has no hesitation to pay legal council which most likely cost more than the fine. Meanwhile, the same authority may well be generous to help economic refugees who cross its border illegally because the latter is more newsworthy. It is easy to bully seniors.
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Crysta Dawn
Bullies! Shame on all involved in this. 
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Dawn Hebert McConnell ·
Absolutely shameful, somebody should sue that village for him. Disgusting he had to sell him home. I hope they're proud of themselves.😡
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Louise LaRoche
Definitely financial abuse of an elderly person....shame on that town
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Darlene Schile
That is so sad The village should not get away with this . That is no way to treat him 😡
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Bobbie Niwa
How horrible, that is just nasty shame on them for that
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Richard Cox ·
He owed the village nothing. Tear up the $4K bill. It was a job unauthorized by him. He did not permit the city to access hi property. No money owed to the village council. Period. Poor fellow just got frightened by a bullying group of douchebags. He should have stood his ground and told them to f-off. The village would have had NO basis for defending themselves in small claims court. I feel for the old guy: I guess once someone hits a certain age, there is just so much stress one can handle. Hope the village council gets nothing but toxic advertising over this.
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John S-Invernon
no kidding,the village out of kindness to seniors should have painted it and done the lawns as free,a token to some one who paid taxes for over 20 years there and good will to seniors
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Richard Cox ·
John S-Invernon - Local goverments nowadays are the same everywhere. They only care about cash and the bottom line. Bad press will effect them, however.
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Christa Winsnes ·
When this person was served with notice so were multiple other people. All of which complied except for him. All others worked with the Village and made arrangements except for him. When the bylaws governing municipality are laid in black and white and have been in place for decades do we get to give one person special treatment because he refused to comply. I know families who in order to comply had to tear down building and incurred significant costs on their own not asking for special treatment. Before we throw sticks and stones perhaps we should know the whole story and all the circumstances, notices, events that occurred. This is a discounting but all to familiar example of how our news is based not on facts and all the facts but on opinion, editorial and whatever Global Newscan find to price together something g for 6pm. Well done hope you get sued!
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Richard Cox ·
Christa Winsnes - WHen the old fellow was injured, was a circumstance out of his control. If someone came onto my property uninvited, did unauthorized work and sent me an invoice, I would laugh at them. No matter where that would be, law would be on my side, regardless of city ordinances. There was no agreed-upon contract. If I were to show up on your doorstep while you were out and replaced some fence panels or window or whatever, you would certainly not agree to pay my bill to you. You would laugh until blue in the face. The should have sued the village council for forcing him into a dangerous physical situation resulting in injury. He would have bankrupted the council.
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Laurie McKenzie Carmichael
Christa Winsnes, how do you have this information?
This man was 86 years old and was injured becauzen he tried to comply with the by law. 86 years old! He deserved special treatment no how you try to defend it! This municipality should be so ashamed !
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Glen Whitten
Guess we know who was the one complaining to bylaw or is bylaw.
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Clover Davy
Christa Winsnes That does not dismiss the fact of charging over a hundred dollars for cutting the grass & all the rain, which also kept me from painting. An act of nature (rain) is not "special treatment". It's like telling you to go plant your crops\gardens right now. Having Health issues may be "special treatment" and rightfully so! No where did it say he sat on his assests and just refused to do it.
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Niki Latter ·
And how old were the other people that got notices???
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Bob Joe ·
It is the conservative mindset to let seniors fend for themselves. If a senior is having trouble, how hard would it be to help them out, maybe cutting their grass or helping them paint the house. He is 87 ffs!!
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Kelly Williams
Bob Joe don't. Make this political!! It is not helping the situation!
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Clover Davy
Bob Joe WOHA WOAH Bobby Joe! Don't bring Conservatives into this. In the original fb post on this, I stated and ment that if I had known, I would have gone myself and helped. Don't be bring your toxic spew into this. It has no place. SO much hatred!
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