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Friday, December 10, 2010

"Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor... But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him." - John Ritter

My mother wrote me last month with her latest ordeal. It seems she is fighting an eviction notice and may need to leave her apartment. I've done as much as I can to write letters on her behalf to help her, as I know, with her cancer, the move could do more damage than good.

November 9, 2010
Office of the Mayor
26 Francis St., Lindsay

Dear Ric McGee,

My mother - Catherine, living at 906 Cresswell Rd. in Little Britain Ontario, was sent a hand written notice that she is to vacate her apartment of six years, on November 30th of this year. A complaint was made to the city of Kawartha Lakes, telling her landlord's Robert and Diane McFadden, that their property does not comply with the Township of Mariposa Zoning By-Law 94-07. The property in question has been a rental unit for the past 20 years to many college and university students. My mother was told, that renting the unit was income spent paying the property mortgage, and she could never be late with payment - this was 6 years ago. I do not believe she has ever had a problem making payment.

My mother is on social assistance for mental disability, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer this year, and I doubt she is in any condition to move - or will be a problem for the McFadden's much longer. I understand my mother is an odd character, however, I worry for her health and safety. She recently this year, had a disturbance with the landlords, for not delivering her mail in a timely manner, or for not letting her have a post office box. She does not own a car and only installed a landline phone for the first time this year. The primary method of correspondence with my mother, is done through the postal system, and she has not been getting my letters/packages/notice of packages - in a timely manner.

If the landlord would like my mother to move, and they -> will not/are not -> applying for re-zoning, what are they doing with the apartment? If they are having a relative move into the place, they should be giving proper notice. As it is, they never filled proper eviction papers from what I've been told.

Again, this is a complicated story and my mother is very ill with cancer. I live in the Kansas City area, and can be contacted for further details.

Now after speaking with the mayor of Lindsay, I've come to find out that this all started because she fought for her rights, started a crusade to get a mailbox. The zoning commission investigated where she was living, found out it was an illegal use of property and thus... she screwed herself. This is a typical situation my mother would get herself into. So when she complains to me, "how could this happen" my sympathy for her circumstance is lessened. She was warned that pressing her mailbox issue could trigger this event.

The only good that could come out of this eviction: she will need to move into a better location, with better services. I hope my mother can suck it up and comply, conform with more regulation and the rules of society - this isn't a strength on her part. She has her own ideas, wants and needs that are not mainstream in the least. My mother is the bag lady you would pass on the street, if not for the luck she has had. My wish for her is to live a more normal life, one without anxiety and the fear of actually living. I want her to enjoy her time left on this planet.

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." - Friedrich Nietzsche


  1. It would be nice to have an update on this in the future.

  2. This seems familiar to me and all I am going through with my Father...funny how he is just a victim now that his wife is divorcing him and my Mother wasn't supposed to be a victim when he was divorcing her! I have had to limit my time with my Dad, we live in different states, but I try to have 2 quality phone conversations a week...for MY MENTAL well being. I feel for you and hope you are taking time for you!

  3. I'll update this entry on my mom - promise. We talked to her over Christmas. She is "not feeling well" which is code for being in a depressed hibernation state... or she is really feeling the effects of cancer and isn't actually well. However, she is living in the same place at this time. She sent my MissyB (foster daughter) a box for Christmas, containing a bunch of items she had saved from my childhood. An ugly pin pincushion, some beaded necklaces. Among other trinkets was an old jewelry box she got at a flee market. It was odd and sweet at the same time. I sent my estranged bio father a christmas card this year - hope he gets it and discovers that we have a child now. It would be nice if he grew up and took the time to talk to me and my family.