There are no derelicts or criminals on land? All land dwellers are good neighbours?
Force honest sea dwellers off their boats and into the ranks of the homeless, and they may well become criminals, with a score to settle.
I think this is a feeble excuse for the gulible, to justify violating the Charter rights of those who manage to escape the claws if the real estate industry , or who are consumerism's heretics.
What liveaboard organisations should concentrate efforts on is getting a court ruling upholding the right of liveaboards to exercise our charter rights, by living where we damned well please.
People living on boats in the harbour are no skin off any landlubbers ass , and thus none of their business, unless the landlubbers in question are real estate agents, or other profiteers of the real estate scams.
Actually, our much tinier environmental foot print is a benefit to everyone, including landlubbers, and their offspring, for generations to come. We also offer a safety
net option for landlubbers, who in the future may be otherwise forced into the ranks of the homeless.
It's great to hear that people in Nanaimo are refusing to pay for anchoring. After the first world war they tried to bring in a gun registry. They had to drop it when everyone ingored it. The same happened after the second world war. There used to be a license
to operate a CB radio
. When every one ignored it, they were forced to drop it. Ditto with VHF
Laws only work if a majority of people bother following them. The best way to get rid of unjust laws is for the majority of people to oppose them.
If the Harbour authorities come to your boat, at anchor
, and you don't open the hatch
, you are under no obligation to do so, even with the cops there. If you open it, then close it, that may be called "Obstruction", but if you don't open it in the first place, you are under no obligation to do so. Say nothing.
They need a search warrant to come aboard. If they do so without a search warrant, the Supreme Court of Canada
recently ruled that you can sue them for violation of your charter rights, and go after their personal assets, like wages, bank account, pensions, property , etc, in a civil suit.