The District of Mission is taking a page from Abbotsford to have three-time child-sex offender James Conway removed from the area.
Mission’s Mayor Randy Hawes says the city has been in talks with lawyers.
Hawes says the area James Conway lives in is not zoned for what it’s being used for.
“This is an area that is not zoned for that activity, it’s not zoned for care homes, jails, halfway houses. Our lawyer has looked at this and we believe that it does violate the zoning.”
Hawes says the house is owned by a senior employee of WSJ Canada, an agency contracted out by the province.
He says the city won’t back down and will take issue to B.C. Supreme Court to have the halfway house and Conway removed.
He wants to know why Corrections chose a home near a school.
“Somebody made the decision as to where he goes, somebody in corrections eliminated the other choices of locations but did not tell wither the minister or his deputy. I’m guessing there was no knowledge there was other addresses.”
Last November the City of Abbotsford filed a civil claim in BC Supreme Court claiming the halfway house violated land-use bylaws.
Hawes is meeting with BC Corrections later today.