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Bralorne locals deny version of skatepark removal



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"That lease would never have stood up, it was nothing, it was not legal," said Canjar.

Canjar acknowledges that the association is not elected, and frequently has problems keeping active members. He also acknowledges that there was some friction among members of the previously elected board, and the members left. As a result he says members of the community took over the administration of association assets, including the recreation centre.

Shaw said he kept records of events; Canjar said the records were wrong. For example, Shaw says the police showed up at 2:45 p.m., two days after he made the complaint about his park, while Canjar said the police showed up closer to 10:30 in the morning. His point is that Shaw’s records are not as reliable as he claims.

Another problem he had was with the reference to a cabin owned by Pat Keller. According to Canjar it was torn down because it was on someone else’s property, not because people in town had a vendetta against Keller. Before it was taken down, he says Keller’s possessions were placed on the sidewalk by the property owner, but he didn’t come back to collect them.

The dispute over the recreation centre could have been resolved, he said, if Shaw had been more respectful.

"To tell you the truth, I’m sorry about the way it went," said Canjar. "We depend on young people up here to do things… we’re not just a bunch of hicks up here and we don’t want to be taken that way."

Although Canjar admits that the town has had problems in the past, he says the problems have always been caused by outsiders taking advantage of the fact that Bralorne is remote and doesn’t have a police station.

"Our biggest problem is not locals, but outsiders that come up here and create the problems," Canjar said. "This town only shows up when there’s been a bust or something… but it’s not us, it’s not."

For his part, Shaw said he is sticking to his version of the events – namely that his skatepark was destroyed by a small group of locals that had a problem with him, without any authority to evict him or destroy his ramps.

The park was created with a loan from the Community Futures program to create a skateboard camp, said Shaw, and he was required to file regular reports to the program every month that he says will back his claim. In addition, he says he has copies of all the bills he paid to B.C. Hydro while the skatepark was open.