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North Van petition says deaf, disabled, transgender people would negatively affect neighbourhood

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Shock and outrage are some of the feelings being expressed online after controversial comments made by a group hoping to stop the construction of an addiction recovery house in North Vancouver.

A petition, circulated at a public meeting last night, says that the facility would bring people in unsafe situations into the community.

The controversial part is that it counts people who are HIV positive, IV drug users, alcoholics and the homeless among those who would contribute to that.

And, in a poorly blacked-out statement that is still quite visible, the petition states “transgender, deaf and disabled” people are also among those who would “hugely affect the neighbourhood in a negative way.”

The recovery house proposed for Windridge Drive in the Seymour neighbourhood would have space for nine people.

The petition says those people would drive down real estate prices, noting “many of them suffer some kind of mental disorder.”

The people who circulated the petition are not part of a formal organization; it is a loosely organized group of like-minded neighbours.

(Mike Lloyd, News1130 Photo)
(Mike Lloyd, News1130 Photo)


People took to Twitter to express their outrage.