The City of Abbotsford took a brief reprieve from its battle with its homeless citizens after clearing them out of Jubilee Parka and removing their building materials from the adjacent parking lot just in time for everyone to go home and celebrate Christmas.
Not all of the homeless were lucky enough to be forced into temporary housing at the Salvation Army; many were forced to leave their personal belongings behind only to be told, when they went back for them, that they were not allowed in the park.
Some found their old spots along the railway tracks, some were taken in by kind Abbotsford citizens, some … we don’t know.
The message of Christmas seems to have got lost somehwere in the latest Abbotsford Shuffle.
Walter Neufeld is known for his advocacy work as president of the FVRD Citizens Association and his work against the gravel industry lobby.
He also founded a group called ‘Men on Roofs’. The full name of the group is ‘Men on Roofs ask Canadian politicians to stop filching our democracy’ and they are sponsoring a series of politically charged images aimed at Canadian politicians.
Today Media regularly publishes his satirical vignettes.
Walter’s latest project is a group called ‘woMen on Roofs – Fools in office’
*Walter Neufeld was born and raised in Abbotsford. He manages a development company operating in BC and in Alberta. Walter has been a critic of the provincial government’s dysfunctional Mines Act for about 12 years. Neufeld is the president of the Fraser Valley Regional District Citizens Association (FVRDCA). Most recently, he’s critiqued both Honourable Randy Hawes and the gravel industries Aggregate Pilot Project which he believes to be a harmful private production document .