A community under attack
A report on the displacement of vulnerable Metrotown residents by the City of Burnaby’s Demoviction development policies.
Throughout February, volunteers with the Stop Demovictions Burnaby Campaign conducted a social impact survey on the square block at Dunblane and Imperial just east of Metrotown where over two hundred apartment units have been or will be soon demolished. Volunteers went door knocking and filling surveys about the impact of evictions and demolitions on a particularly hard-hit group of Metrotown residents.
Our survey concentrated on a group of renters on the full block north of Dunblane and Imperial. City council has already approved the rezoning of nearly every single building of the more than a dozen apartment buildings on this square block. And now they are drafting a new plan for all of Metrotown that will subject every block to the same fate as Dunblane: total demoviction.
In these surveys we found people saying that demovictions are disorienting, violent forces in their lives: communities are being displaced, people are being pushed out of Burnaby, residents feel stressed and unable to cope, and their future is unknown.