TAX RESISTANCE CAMPAIGN
Our Strathcona community is vibrant, inclusive and compassionate. We draw strength and resiliency from the diversity of our neighbours, who include Indigenous people, multi-generational Chinese-Canadians, new Canadians, young families, pensioners, artists, activists, and most recently unhoused residents of Camp K-T. We care for each other, and we share a keen interest in community health and safety.
In recent years, our resiliency has been tested by a steady increase in personal crime, property crime and public exposure to human and biohazardous waste. These issues have worsened dramatically in recent weeks, to the point that many of our most vulnerable neighbours—including low-income seniors and children—feel too unsafe to use one of only two neighbourhood parks available to them.
More than ever, we fear for our collective health and safety. We recognize our situation as a consequence of government inaction in the face of obvious public health and housing crises. We have been abandoned by our elected officials.
NOW THEREFORE, we, the undersigned Strathcona homeowners, declare our intention to withhold property tax payments to the City of Vancouver—by way of deferral, assessment appeal or other lawful means—until such time as our municipal, provincial and federal governments act together or individually.