Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Obscenity Defined

Obscenity: general noun: slum landlord/wannabe Calgary politician; specific noun: Alnoor Kassam

Why? Because charging $2500 to $3000 monthly rent for a "living" space that measures less than twenty-two-and-a-half feet by twenty-two-and-a-half feet is the financial goal of the Calgary "entrepreneur"-turned-mayoral-candidate!

And he's doing it by forcing out his current tennants by raising their rents so high that they simply cannot afford to keep living in the barely adequate "apartments" (that's technically the term, but that small a space is actually closer to a closet than an apartment, dammit!) in which they now live.

One of the current tennants is a 79-year-old man who has been there for 20 years. He very likely survives on a pension. Where's he going to live now? "On the street" seems a likely answer. And that's a death sentence at his age.

Two things need to happen here. The first is that Calgarians get off their comfortable asses and run this societal leech outa town. The second is that Albertans in general need to get hold of their brand-new, shiny, still-under-warrantee, hardly-broken-in-yet Premier, and tell him you want him to do something constructive and immediate to remedy this situation!

And next summer, after you've all seen to the fair administration of Justice, you can introduce a new event at the Stampede.

(H/T Candace)


Blogger Candace said...

Thanks for the link, and following up on this sleazeball. Looking at his candidate website, I notice that yesterday's story is not listed. Gee, I wonder why?

FYI, I discovered earlier that Stelmach set up a task force on housing that is already meeting. From the Feb 1 press release:
"The Affordable Housing Task Force, comprised of key stakeholders, will have 45 days to propose cost-effective solutions to the shortage of affordable housing across Alberta. Efforts will be made to maximize the use of areas where infrastructure is already in place"

They have to report by March 19. There are things to be said for running a democratically elected dictatorship, sometimes. Albertans are many things, but killers of golden geese we are not.

This is a serious problem and needs to be solved. We have the money. It appears that Stelmach has the desire.

Now if we can just find a few more carpenters...

I'm going to post the press release & suggest that Albertans send protest emails to the MLAs on the task force about this slimeball's actions. Let's see if we can't stir up some sh*t.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

"Now if we can just find a few more carpenters..."

Um, they're all out here, building things for the damned 2010 Olympics and enjoying the balmier winter weather (if one can be said to "enjoy" constant rain).

If there's such a thing as an Alberta blogroll, it might be worth a try to alert them all and see if they can be persuaded to join the cause. Can't hurt. Might help.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:22:00 PM  

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