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News archive for December 6, 2013

Downtown tenant turfed under SCAN legislation

Another downtown tenant facing overwhelming evidence of dealing crack cocaine has been evicted from his home under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhood legislation (SCAN).

By Chuck Tobin on December 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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Justice Minister Mike Nixon

Another downtown tenant facing overwhelming evidence of dealing crack cocaine has been evicted from his home under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhood legislation (SCAN).

Jeff Ford of the Department of Justice said this morning a four-month investigation was started following several complaints from the neighbourhood, resulting in the eviction two weeks ago.

Investigators had the co-operation of the landlord after presenting him with the evidence, and were therefore able to serve the tenant with a five-day eviction notice.

“In one short span (three days), we saw 100 visits or close to 100 visits in a short time, and you can imagine the disruption that causes to the neighbourhood,” said the director of public safety and investigations.

Ford said his department has received more than 60 complaints this year under the SCAN legislation and more than 500 since the law was enacted in 2007 on the initiative of the late Todd Hardy, former downtown MLA and leader of the NDP.

While there was only one name on the lease in question, there were two or three occupants staying there on a regular basis, Ford said, noting his department does not release the specific address of the residence.

“There were several complaints, and within those complaints were fears for people in the community and the proximity to children in the community.”

Ford said with that level of activity, there is a natural concern about the sobriety of people coming and going, whether it’s in a vehicle or walking down the street, along with the presence of drug paraphenalia in the neighbourhood.

“And we often see a level of violence that is not consistent with a peaceful neighbourhood, and often the RCMP has to respond,” said Ford.

“The public response to the SCAN actions has been positive,” Justice Minister Mike Nixon said in a press release today announcing the most recent eviction.

“Yukoners feel safer knowing they can report illegal activity in their neighbourhoods either by phone or through the SCAN website.

“I encourage individuals who are concerned about suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods to contact the SCAN unit.”

Safer community legislation has been developed across Canada to address neighbourhood concerns.

It enables the territory or province to take action based on a solid evidence that illegal drug-dealing or bootlegging is occurring, without having to meet the full burden of proof required to support action under the Criminal Code.

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Too much?

Dec 8, 2013 at 3:44 am

Hmm..

I think my brain is broken. All I read was FORD and CRACK.

Just Say'in

Dec 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

Although I think it is great they are getting these places shut down, BUT why does it take so long and why isn’t the bunch of them in jail? What are we teaching them? That the law can basically do nothing? Watch what is going on for four months? Are you kidding me? Evicted for five days? Really.

john jack

Dec 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

A 100 visits in a short period and no arrests imagine that!!!!!!!

yukoner

Dec 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I get the same traffic movement from a daycare but no one seem to care about that.

Dustin

Dec 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Last time I checked taking your kid to daycare wasn’t illegal… or dangerous…

Yukon made me do it

Dec 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

This is to “Just saying”. They were giving a 5 day eviction notice in other words they got 5 days to vacate the premises, rather than the 30-90 day eviction notice.
I would like to see the names and addresses of these people posted out to the general public, being a homeowner myself I certainly would not want to entertain the idea of ever renting out to a said Crack Dealer, let alone have an innocent family rent a home that has that many visitors at all hours of the night. Post The Names and Addresses please!

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