MRU students receive threatening notes after parking in neighbouring community
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:32PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:40PM MDT
Residents of Glamorgan are facing a parking problem as cash-strapped students from Mount Royal University are taking prime parking spots on neighbourhood streets.
An anonymous community member has taken exception to the influx of student vehicles and, on September 17, they left threatening notes on the windshields of suspected MRU cars parked along Gissing Dr. S.W.
The typed note states:
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON GISSING DR. AND DISAPPEAR FOR THE DAY.
WE PAY BIG TAXES SO WE CAN PARK BY OUR HOUSES.
THIS IS BOTH A REQUEST AND WARNING. YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED AGAIN.
THE FUTURE OF THE WELLBEING OF YOUR VEHICLE IS NOW YOUR RESPONSABILITY”
MRU student Dana Sigurdson was one of the students who received the anonymous letter. Sigurdson previously used Calgary Transit to commute to school but she began driving to reduce the two and a half hour journey. She says price and a lack of available parking spots sends students into the community.
“We can't afford to park in the lots at Mount Royal and those that can afford it, there aren't enough parking spaces for us,” explains Sigurdson. “So we end up parking six to eight blocks from school just in order to attend our classes.”
“We are not doing this to bother the neighbourhood, we're not doing it to offend anyone. We are doing it because there is nowhere else to park. We do not have any other options.”
Sigurdson has notified police of the threatening note but the risk of her car being vandalized has her avoiding Gissing Dr. for the time being.
Some Glamorgan residents say the additional vehicles in their neighbourhood are bothersome but feel there is no need to threaten students.
“I had knee surgery a year ago and I was having trouble getting around and somebody was parking in front of my house,” explains Bob Dunn. “My wife just put a note on his windshield and asked him to park somewhere else and he did.”
Parking on Gissing Dr. is currently unrestricted but residents have applied to have the street designated as permit-parking only.
"We just want to make sure residents have the first priority," says Jennifer Thompson-Goldberg.
With files from CTV's Chris Epp