Monthly Archives: May 2010

Linda was evicted from her home on May 4

The day Linda Sepp had dreaded arrived with a knock at the door on Tuesday.

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The Star reports on Linda Sepp’s eviction, which took place at 10:00 a.m on Tuesday, May 4.

Toxic dilemma: Landlord, non-profit centre attempt to find replacement home for woman with chemical sensitivity, but without success.

The 50-year-old woman with chemical sensitivities was roused from her sleep by enforcement officers from the sheriff’s office. After a four-year eviction battle, they had come to throw her out of her High Park apartment.

Four enforcement officers dressed in white haz-mat coveralls and face masks — meant to keep Sepp safe from them should they have worn cologne or washed their hair with strong shampoo — hauled the woman’s possessions onto the front porch. From there, her 82-year-old father lugged bags and boxes down a flight of steps to her car.

“I’m beyond panicked. I’m blank. I’m numb,” said Sepp, who has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a condition that causes rashes, headaches and burning sensations when she is exposed to chemicals in the environment.


She considered spending the night under the trees in High Park but changed her mind when it started to rain.

Instead, she has opted to camp out in her car in the dusty parking lot of a Buddhist temple in the west end.

Even though it’s beside a mound of garbage bags and a construction site, she says it’s the lesser of many evils.

“I don’t have anywhere to go. I’m just at a loss.”

Click here for full report at The Star.

5/6 UPDATE: Reported in Health Zone: Woman with chemical sensitivities camps out on condo balcony.