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Sunday, 20 August 2006

Some of you have asked about the picture across the top of the site so I thought I'd try to describe it.

Every winter for just about as long as I can remember the wind driven rain blows in from the east and gradually penetrates the edifice of 1075 Jervis. Within a day or two the rainwater migrates across the ceiling and starts dripping into our living space. The City of Vancouver  bylaw enforcement branch and the provincial Residential Tenancy Office have both ordered the repair of this leaky exterior.

The Zoros have had numerous -- over seven -- contractors in to look at the problem and have obviously concluded that it's too expensive to repair. Or rather it's easier to just evict the current tenants [this issue even predates us and we've been living here for more than a decade.]

Once in a while the Zoros replaster the ceiling and spread around a few daubs of paint -- certainly not annnually -- but every year the ceiling bubbles up with modern-day stalactites and we place out the myriad buckets and cans to catch the drips. It's a ritual. Anyway, that's what you see at the top of this page: bubbled up, rusty, corroded, ceiling plaster. Because it's too expensive to fix the Zoros are currently trying to evict us. That way they can start fresh, squeeze a few months out of new tenants before exasperation forces them out too. The only problem with that scenario: we won't move out.  September 5th [2006] we go to arbitration.
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