Sheriffs remove trailer park resident

Dave Stewart
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Sheriff's department and RCMP officers gather outside André Darville’s home in the Byway Trailer Park in Cornwall Tuesday afternoon as Darville was evicted from the home.

CORNWALL — One of the last remaining residents of the Byway Trailer Park here says he’s not sure where he’s going to go.

“I’m going to stick around until my appeal is up,’’ said the man who wouldn’t give his name. “After that, I’m going to end up the same as him.’’

He was referring to André Darville, the outspoken resident of the trailer park, who has fought eviction by park owner Clifford McQuaid.

McQuaid gave those who haven’t already left the trailer park until Sept. 1 to get out or they’d have to deal with the sheriff. The sheriff’s department showed up at Darville’s trailer on Tuesday afternoon to escort him off his property.

McQuaid informed residents back in March that they had six months to find a new home — or a new place to put their current home.

After purchasing the trailer park in 2009, McQuaid is trying to sell the property. He told The Guardian back in March that his hand was forced. Expenses were too high for him to keep the park going, notably with the water and sewer bill ballooning.

McQuaid couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Three residents have since refused to leave. Darville and two others.

Darville refused to talk to The Guardian on Tuesday but the man the newspaper did speak to isn’t optimistic he’ll fare any better than his neighbour did.

“I’ve been here 31 years. You don’t like to leave but it ended up that we have to go,’’ he said.

While Darville wouldn’t comment, a friend of his who showed up said it’s impossible to make sense out of the situation.

“I’m just here to help somebody that’s been wronged,’ said the man who would only identify himself as Clayton.

Clayton said residents deserved better than to get eviction notices from McQuaid in March.

“(McQuaid) has no regard to the 28 individual lives and families disrupted here. It was ‘Get out’ because you’re standing in the way of my money. That’s what’s wrong with a lot of the people and places around here.’’

The residents took their fight to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission but the regulatory body ruled in favour of the developer.

The Guardian also approached the third resident still living in the trailer park but he didn’t want to comment either.

The P.E.I. Humane Society was at the trailer park on Tuesday and removed Darville’s three dogs. Clayton said Darville also had two cats, Taz and Georgie.

Taz, a 12-year-old mackerel Tabby, sat on a chair on Darville’s front yard as everything was happening.

Clayton said Darville had taken the stray cat in after some kids in the neighbourhood broke its back, tail and blinded it in one eye, nursing it back to health.

The Humane Society didn’t take the cats before it left and it wasn’t immediately clear what would become of them. The Guardian left a message with the Humane Society but the call was not immediately returned.

Clayton wasn’t sure exactly where Darville was headed but figured he’s settle in the country and get his dogs back in about a week.

“This is a dog-eat-dog world we live in,’’ Clayton said.

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Organizations: The Guardian, Humane Society, Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission

Geographic location: Byway Trailer Park

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  • Captain Canuck
    November 21, 2012 - 20:45

    No one can blame either McQuaid or Darville. McQuaid has the right to make the best fortune he can within the guidelines and rules of the province - as corrupt as they are. McQuaid didn't make the rules, or if he had a hand in it he had the right to. Having said that, he is upsetting lives and probably wishes there was another way. Darville has no rights except moral rights and his own right to make his fortune such as McQuaid is doing. Wealth isn't besowed on the 'powerati' from above. It is earned within whatever guidelines that are legal - such as Plan-B kickbacks and PNP. Or inherited.

  • Confused
    November 21, 2012 - 20:19

    To those who are concerned, It is quite touching. Do any of you ask yourself why perhaps this man is the way he is. You all seem to be in his business as it is, so why not see why he is the way he is. Perhaps his wife died at a young age, and he watched her rot with Cancer??? It is quite obvious that he is not mentally well, but there is always a reason to why. I, being an individual in the middle, agree with both sides. No one should be judged. Mr. Darville is the way he is because of fast things, but I agree with Mr. Mcquaid. He has all the rights to close the park. Why is he closing the park? Because it isn't safe for tenants to live there. He has this choice. He isn't being selfish. I agree with A.J as well. The cost for anything on this island is terrible. But let 's thank the government for their waste with money. Why not go build another Holman grand project instead of putting the money where it is needed. Having proper foster homes, and assistance for people who need it. I as an outsider have watched this man fight for his own rights for quite some time, but he has reached out several times for aid to make himself heard and has been denied by out health care system, which has made him the person he is. Each person has their own issues, and perhaps instead of worrying about this man or McQuaid you all should worry about yourself. The government should be ashamed of themselve and should pull their head out of their a** and help us islanders. But instead everyone has watch this man be humiliated ...for what? But if it wasn't him...I'm sure it would be someone else.

  • Confused
    November 21, 2012 - 20:15

    To those who are concerned, It is quite touching. Do any of you ask yourself why perhaps this man is the way he is. You all seem to be in his business as it is, so why not see why he is the way he is. Perhaps his wife died at a young age, and he watched her rot with Cancer??? It is quite obvious that he is not mentally well, but there is always a reason to why. I, being an individual in the middle, agree with both sides. No one should be judged. Mr. Darville is the way he is because of fast things, but I agree with Mr. Mcquaid. He has all the rights to close the park. Why is he closing the park? Because it isn't safe for tenants to live there. He has this choice. He isn't being selfish. I agree with A.J as well. The cost for anything on this island is terrible. But let 's thank the government for their waste with money. Why not go build another Holman grand project instead of putting the money where it is needed. Having proper foster homes, and assistance for people who need it. I as an outsider have watched this man fight for his own rights for quite some time, but he has reached out several times for aid to make himself heard and has been denied by out health care system, which has made him the person he is. Each person has their own issues, and perhaps instead of worrying about this man or McQuaid you all should worry about yourself. The government should be ashamed of themselve and should pull their head out of their a** and help us islanders. But instead everyone has watch this man be humiliated ...for what? But if it wasn't him...I'm sure it would be someone else.

    • TO CONFUSED
      November 22, 2012 - 07:36

      You highlight some very touching possibilities, and you have every right to be confused. But rest assured that none of us have perfect mental health, we all lack something mentally in some way or other, so none of us should judge another's mental health, but only accept everyone just as they are. I recall a great teacher decades ago, writing this on the blackboard for us students to read and remember: "There's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to rail at the faults in the rest of us."

  • I Know Andre ...
    November 21, 2012 - 17:20

    The property owner was given a choice - to covert to Cornwall Sewer / Sanitation system for all trailer units or stop doing business as a trailer park. The cost of that was deemed not feasible - and that is why he had to evict the residents - and he gave them 6 months. I have personally met Andre and know that many of the former residents tried to have him evicted due to many of his annoying traits long before the issue above came to be. Several years ago, Andre was actually offered FREE PROPERTY and FREE TRAILER MOVE but he DECLINED that offer.

  • use correct terminology
    November 21, 2012 - 16:03

    Guardian says.... ''... Tuesday afternoon to escort him off his property.'' It is not his land though. It is his trailer but not his land. That is the key point here. So to be accurate, Mr. Darville was escorted off Mr. McQuaid's land, which he has been trespassing upon since September 1.

  • tippytoe
    November 21, 2012 - 09:18

    The guy owns the land so he can do what he wants with it. It's unfortunate for the people who live there, but is this guy just supposed to continue operating the park at a loss ? He gave them 6 months notice which is plenty of time to make new living arrangements.

    • TO TIPPYTOE
      November 21, 2012 - 09:34

      Yes, there are at least two sides to every conflict -- or whatever, and both sides have a legitimate complaint. I wonder if some kind of discussion, arbitration, or something helpful, can be done to bring the problem to at least an amiable compromise? Surely we can find a gentlemanly way of settling this. I really want to say that there should be some recourse for people in such jams, some kind of Advocate to look into both sides and help them find some kind of workable solution -- in good "time" for each. There ought to be some help in the province for people in such straits, which both sides in this case are drowning in -- neither being overly 'flush'. (did not intend any pun!)

  • david
    November 21, 2012 - 09:04

    well' iam with you marie what is wrong with this picture your right on the money honey thats all they care about 'no help for the needy 'i hope you all learned now dont vote for the rich ;the day they tell me to leave the war is on 'just who do they think they are 'there nobodys the trash of the planted 'dont let them have there way...................

  • HUMANITARIAN GETS THE BOOT
    November 21, 2012 - 08:19

    "Outspoken" when hounded by media, but gentle and kind to God's lowly creatures. Who can fault a guy like that? He gave that poor cat a healing home and see how this man is treated by his human "bretheren"! Give him a nice place to go, to live in, just as he did for poor Taz when he was in big trouble. Where's our human sense of compassion. This man has what many lack, it seems to me. We can treat him as well as he treated poor little Taz.

  • Mary Adams
    November 21, 2012 - 07:40

    Our Humane Society is useless when it comes to cats on PEI why in the name of god would they leave a 12 year old blind cat on its own its barbaric. I worked with stray cats all my life and its so tough trying to get help for cats here, I love dogs too had a beauty for 17 years but it is easier to get help for dogs (not enough perhaps). The cat action group and Spayed Aid are a blessing but the Humane Society is not humane enough for me LEAVING a 12 yr old blind cat POINT TAKEN.

  • Marie
    November 21, 2012 - 06:22

    The days of heart are gone in exchange for the almighty buck. May greed leave them with nothing when it matters most!!!

    • same reality
      November 21, 2012 - 15:15

      It's always been about the dollar. Nothing has changed. Ever. Look back at the land question in PEI in the 1800s if you need proof. If you read history, you would understand that this type of situation is nothing new.

    • to Marie
      November 22, 2012 - 09:08

      Greed? Operating a business at a loss is now called greed? I doubt the land/business owner would agree with your statement!

  • Ashamed to be an ISLANDER.
    November 21, 2012 - 05:52

    Another Liberal at work. Mr. MacQuaid gets the traffic lights at Mackinleys property , so he can build a sub-division.Now, he throws people out of their homes, so he can build something else., after they spend thousands on converting their homes to alternative heat.My heart goes out, to the people of the trailer park, and especially Andre. A young person told me years ago, we are becoming a communist type of Province. Today, I have to AGREE.

  • Nor easter
    November 21, 2012 - 05:30

    Oh, I think you had ample time to get out of there and the land owner has rights too. He has the right to stop his bussiness of a trailer park owner and retire too.

    • A.J
      November 21, 2012 - 11:58

      How are those homeowners supposed to move if some of them cannot afford to relocate??? Think about those things before you come up with a redneck comment like that. There are lawyer fees, sewer, taxes, etc. Not to mention the cost of the new land in itself! Instead of trashing people or lives you have no concept of, perhaps you should step in their shoes for a time and consider aiding in expenses of this? THAT'S what Mr. McQuaid should be offering. You'd have to be pretty cold hearted to turn someone out of their own home.

    • LA
      November 21, 2012 - 14:15

      AJ: Frankly, that's not his problem or anyone else's. That is why people live in trailer parks - they're cheaper- and this is the reason they're cheaper. Because they don't own the land. It's called a trade-off and is the person's own choice. Why on earth should he subsidize their removal? Do landlords subsidize your move when you are legally evicted? If you want to help them, go ahead. It's a sad situation for sure. Offer your own land and infrastructure while operating at a loss to support them, and then you can insult others.

  • grapes
    November 20, 2012 - 23:09

    To bad it came down to this,In the big picture it came down to greed (money). The new owner in 2009,then decides in 2010 he wants everyone out. I feel for the families that lived there,I hope they all jinx the land.

  • don
    November 20, 2012 - 21:43

    no luck will fallow this owner for treating people the way he has money before people.

    • LA
      November 21, 2012 - 13:07

      Because if it was you, you'd operate at a financial loss in order to support the tenants, right? Cause you don't need to make a profit on your investments, you're that awesome.