FELGER PUTS UP 'OPEN' SIGN
Tim Felger says he'll open his bookstore/political office in downtown Abbotsford whether he gets a business licence from the city or not.
Since he first applied for a business licence in the summer of 2005, Felger says he has been the recipient of 170 building and bylaw inspections, 24 fire inspections and more than 100 police visits.
"I'm not only being singled out, but [City of Abbotsford officials] are violating my freedom of expression," Felger said.
He is especially frustrated since last week, when he says the city's secondary suite bylaw officer told him he was getting his business licence, with a warning about the signs in his building's [Da Kine] windows.
"He said I was approved - they printed it all up. The business licence was for Tim Felger's political office and bookstore, doing business as Da Kine, then they retracted it," Felger said.
As for the signs he has up in his windows, which list anti-prohibition ideas, facts and research, Felger said he has the right to present information - especially the kind that differs from the anti-harm reduction and pro-prohibition "propaganda" he says is always readily available in Abbotsford and the valley.
Plus, Felger pointed out, his signs are not permanent.
The city bylaw for window signs only mentions "permanent" window signs.
Abbotsford director of development services Grant Acheson said Thursday he has received a report "on the situation" and that he will review the report.
"With that review, I expect to make a decision by Tuesday of next week," he said.
Felger said either way, he will take the city to court because he has complied with all of their wishes.
"Now I basically have to petition the court for my business licence. [The city] is going to lose," he said.