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LETTER: Vanmore speaks to a greater community issue

Editor: So, it is illegal to park overnight, but it becomes legal if I pay $300 a month or $10 a night and only during summertime? And considering that it is seasonal workers – which there is a shortage – probably working at minimum wages

Editor:

So, it is illegal to park overnight, but it becomes legal if I pay $300 a month or $10 a night and only during summertime?

And considering that it is seasonal workers – which there is a shortage – probably working at minimum wages, with little affordable housing available and staff accommodations are not for everybody, vanlifers are being... let's see, what's the word I'm looking for?

Please correct me, but I'm still just allowed to park after 9 p.m., leaving before 9 a.m. without any facilities besides the portable bathroom, no electricity, no internet, no picnic tables... basically, just a regular, vulgar, coarse, tacky parking spot?

When vanlifers stated they were willing to pay, I'm pretty sure they meant paying for something like a campground or a place where they can actually have a sense of living – you know, do some cooking, relax, enjoy a day off, going to work on a bike, not feeling like a criminal – without having to move all the time. Those would be my expectations, if I was to pay.

Vanlifers are solving two big issues for you, the housing crisis and worker shortage.  If $10 is the price of most staff accommodations that include a shower, a bed and other amenities, why would I pay to sleep in my campervan?

I'm just trying to be part of the solution to a problem I find more about greed and social injustice.  And I think you might need more than 50 seasonal workers, year-round.

Sylvain Charest,

Canmore