“I don’t blame people out there, who are suffering the consequences, for being frustrated. The problem is they consistently vote for governments that aren’t doing the things that are necessary to ensure that they are able to get the kind of accommodation they need.”
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan is speaking up as protesters inside an apartment building in the Metrotown area headed into day four, and says problem lies with the higher levels of government.
Corrigan says he understands their frustrations, but adds development is necessary to accommodate a growing city.
“The reality is we can’t stop that kind of development. The commitment has to be to increase the amount of housing to be able to accept all of the people who are coming here from other countries to live here. So we can’t say no.”
The activists have been occupying a building on Imperial Street to rally against displacement due to ‘demovictions.’
Last month, CKNW did a special report on the growing problem of old rental apartments in Burnaby being torn down for new development, leaving people with limited housing options.
At the time, Mayor Corrigan told us with Burnaby’s limited fundraising abilities, it wasn’t their responsibility to provide affordable or social housing.
“I’ve got to tell you over and over again – I resent the implication because you just do not get it. And I’m trying hard to explain very carefully to you, it’s not the city’s responsibility to ensure that people have affordable housing or social housing. We do what we can to try and help out, but it’s other orders of government who have all the levers and buttons that can be pushed in order to make those things happen.”
READ the full story here: No Vacancy: The face of Metrotown “demovictions”