You Never Had It So Good!


I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The tenant in the room was only five feet tall but she was surrounded by a moving carpet! That’s what it looked like to me.

I had followed up on a complaint about cockroaches. In this tiny room of an old prairie home, there were hundreds of cockroaches scurrying around. The odour was musty, the woman seemed unperturbed and I was faced with a dilemma. Was I supposed to close down the rooming house and post the sign Unfit for Human Habitation? Was I going to tell this lady, who didn’t seem to mind standing in a writhing mass of cockroaches, that she really couldn’t live here any longer?

Working for the local health unit at that time was a great job for a recent graduate! I was placed in charge of a very large urban and rural area so was the go-to inspector for everything from restaurant to pest complaints. After speaking with the landlord, a local pest control company was contacted and a fumigation was instigated. The tenant had to vacate her apartment before the fumigation while other tenants were served notices to leave within the month.

Excerpt from You Never Had It So Good!

388 Aldous Road, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1M1


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