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August 23, 2008

“No man can emancipate himself, except by emancipating with him all the men around him. My liberty is the liberty of everyone, for I am not truly free, free not only in thought but in deed, except when my liberty and my rights find their confirmation, their sanction, in the liberty and the rights of all men, my equals.-BAKUNIN.

Welcome to Fred Timm’s website. You see all the categories of information about Fred at the right hand margins. Fred can be reached at 613-721-1833 in Ottawa.

A picture of Fred Timms taken by the Ottawa Sun

A picture of Fred Timms taken by the Ottawa Sun

Hello welcome to Fred Timm’s website. Fred is a blind man who is 56 years old. He was evicted out of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) in March of this year because he had too much stuff.

Here is the press release that was sent out re Fred Timms:

P R E S S R E L E A S E

August 21, 2008

BLIND MAN UNFAIRLY EVICTED FROM HIS OTTAWA COMMUNITY HOUSING UNIT AFTER 16 YEARS OF RESIDENCY

Protest to be held next week to get Fred back his housing, please come out and support Fred at his protest below. Post far and wide

DATE: Tuesday, August 26
PLACE: 1065 Ramsey Crescent
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For info contact: Sue Clark-Wittenberg: 613-721-1833 in Ottawa

Fred Timms who is a 56 years old man and totally blind was evicted from his Ramsey Crescent apartment that he had lived in for over 16 years by Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) in March of this year for having too much stuff in his housing unit.

Fred lived on Ramsey Crescent since 1993. Fred wants to stay in the Ramsey area because he would have difficulty getting around in a new location.

Shortly after OCH started complaining that Fred had to much stuff in his apartment. Fred had difficulty managing his furniture and property because of his blindness, therefore, he needed more help. Some help was given by the Pinecrest Queensway Health and Community Center but it was not sufficient enough to meet his needs. OCH took Fred to the Housing Tribunal and they reached an agreement for Fred to move to Regina Towers on March 15th. In keeping with the agreement, Fred made arrangements to take one load of his belongings to Regina Towers and to put the rest of his stuff into storage.

On February 15th, a random fire inspection was conducted a month before his agreed upon departure date to move to Regina Towers which was to be March l5th. On the basis of this random inspection, OCH canceled Fred’s placement at Regina Towers and took Fred back to the housing tribunal. Mary Garrett from West End Legal Services advised Fred to plead guilty even though Fred has not broken the mediated agreement with OCH. Garrett advised Fred if he pleaded guilty he could at least get 3 more months to look for another apartment. Fred pleaded guilty at the housing tribunal and not only did OCH not give him three months to relocate, they put him out on the street two weeks earlier. He was suppoed to move to Regina Towrs on March l5th and OCH put Fred out on the street on March 1st making Fred homeless.

Fred feels he has been treated unfairly and with disrespect. “This whole situation could have been dealt with properly if the property manager Nancy Ellwood had advised the Fire Marshal that there was a mediated agreement in place to have Fred’s belongings reduced. But instead Ellwood advised that Fred had to be taken to the Housing Tribunal again.

Fred says “I feel I should be housed in Regina Towers as was agreed upon by OCH”.

“Right now I feel more depressed as I have nowhere to live. I believe housing is a right. I just want a roof over my head instead of being homeless. OCH did not handle my situation fairly.”

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