CRD tells its side of Price dispute

“When Drew and another enforcement officer went to Price’s residence at that time, Price “made it clear” he did not want them on his property.”

December 30, 2014

I think we would have a lot less trouble in our lives if we considered ‘the big picture’ more often.

For example, on islands, especially small ones like the beautiful Gulf Islands on Canada’s west coast, it is difficult to dispose of garbage. In the city, your car dies its final death, you call a tow truck driver who hauls it to a scrap yard.

On a small island, the cost and hassle involved in getting the same car onto a ferry to the scrap yard in a city makes things that much more difficult and sometimes you just do not have the extra cash to do this.

This assumes, of course, that you are not addicted to hoarding. If you are a confirmed hoarder, you can be living next door to the scrap yard and still have major clutter in every square inch of your yard.

People start saying they do not like the looks of your yard and you get defensive. See how things can start to mushroom.

Maybe I have given you some ideas as to how you might want to ‘read between the lines’ of the following news story:

Gulf Islands Driftwood — Pender Edition

June 28, 2000

CRD tells its side of Price dispute

by Tanya Lester

Capital Regional District (CRD) officials say they gave Ed Price almost five years worth of opportunities to clean up his North Pender property before enforcing a court order and removing 50 cubic yards of garbage on June 6.

Price’s case is the first time in Miles Drew’s 18-year career, including a decade as the CRD’s chief bylaw enforcement officer, that a court order had to be enforced.

Drew and Price was first directed to comply with CRD property maintenance bylaws a year and a half ago. Violations included unsightly premises, derelict vehicles and buildings that failed to comply with setback regulations. Neighbours had made several complaints.

The deadline date was “buried” due to Price’s poor health condition and a new date was set in November 1999, said Drew.

When Drew and another enforcement officer went to Price’s residence at that time, Price “made it clear” he did not want them on his property. Drew phoned the local RCMP and Price called the CRD officers the next day, asking them to return.

Drew said he and another officer voluntarily spent two hours cleaning up Price’s property. They loaded his van with recyclables.  Other garbage was put in Price’s utility trailer.

Drew said the van was emptied but the garbage filled trailer remained on the property.

In spring of this year, after checking the situation and finding that the bylaws were still not being adhered to  the CRD gave Price two weeks’ written notice that a June 6 court order date was set.

On June 6, Drew said the CRD officers returned to the property with RCMP Constable Day who asked Price if he was going to commit an obstruction.

Drew said Price replied, “Go ahead and arrest me.”

However, when the police officer took him by the arm, Price began to struggle,  said Drew.

The three bylaw officers and Day were attempting to handcuff Price while his wife Joan Price was yelling at them and interfering with the arrest.

Drew said he stood between the Prices and pushed Joan Price back, at which point she punched him.

When Ed Price began to complain about his heart, they allowed him to use his medication. Day then drove him to the medical clinic and Price was airlifted to a hospital.

The 50 cubic yards of garbage was then removed while Joan Price put other items into the partially built house and on the flatbed, said Drew.

The CRD bylaw enforcement chief said they have not completed the court order and will probably have to go back to the property once again to finish it.

Drew confirmed that Price will be charged in excess of $ 6,000 on his next property tax bill to cover the costs of cleaning up his land.

He also said Price had previously rented  property on Salt Spring Island for which landlords were given notice that he was in violation of property maintenance bylaws.

RCMP Corporal Smawley would not comment on  the altercation between the Prices, police officers and CRD law enforcement officers because an investigation is under way.

Richard Dalon, CRD Outer Gulf Islands director ,  indicated that the CRD  did everything possible over a five-year period to ensure a positive outcome.He added that the Price situation is a “very, very rare case.”

“They (bylaw enforcement officers) did everything they could to ensure that this would come to a successful conclusion,”  said Dalon. “Its regrettable that it happened.  I think it’s unfortunate that he was involved in a scuffle and  it hurt his health.”

In another bylaw enforcement case facing a June 30 deadline on North Pender, Drew said he understands the clean-up is going well   &

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CRD tells its side of Price dispute

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