Nfld. & Labrador

Politicians scramble to address Wabush evictions

Politicians in Western Labrador were holding emergency meetings Thursday to help tenants facing eviction from a Wabush apartment building.
This apartment building in Wabush is the focal point of an ongoing controversy. CBC

Politicians in Western Labrador were scrambling Thursday to help tenants facing eviction from a Wabush apartment building, holding an emergency meeting with its new owners.

Earlier in the day, Labrador West MHA Nick McGrath said he planned to ask for an extension on the eviction notices, to June instead of the end of February.

No one would comment on the outcome of the meeting, but some kind of announcement is expected by Friday afternoon.

A contractor has bought the Wabush apartment building to house workers. More than a dozen current residents were told they have until the end of February to find new lodgings.

"We're filled with anger, hurt, resentment," resident Domico Cabot told CBC News. "It's something I haven't felt before and I'm sure a lot of the guys haven't felt before."

Neighbouring Labrador City is facing a similar accommodations crunch.

The booming mining industry has attracted many people to Western Labrador, driving the price of apartments through the roof.

Rental properties are fetching from $3,000 to almost $7,000 a month.

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