Relieved that a major headache was removed from her Calgary house, a woman victimized by a tenant wanted in Quebec is facing another problem.
At least five people have holed up in a Parkdale duplex owned by Rebekah Caverhill, which she rented to Freeman-on-the-Land Mario Antonacci, also known as Andreas Pirelli.
Antonacci is now in police custody following his arrest on a Canada-wide warrant for assault charges laid against him in Montreal.
Caverhill said the five people currently occupying her house are squatters and they want them out of her property at 12:01 Saturday.
Atco cut gas on the property Friday upon the request of Caverhill, but her request to Enmax to do the same wasn’t granted.
“I want the water shut off and I want the electricity shut off,” the frustrated landlord said in a telephone interview from her home in Sylvan Lake.
“I’m angry. They will not protect the victim.”
A man who identified himself as the “Chief” came out of the house Friday to speak with reporters and said he’s at the residence on “diplomatic purposes” for his nation.
“I do not like feeling threatened that I can’t walk out of the door on the streets of our own land,” he said.
“Why am I under threat just to come and to visit my friends who are doing some diplomatic work for me?
“Our people are dying on the streets and you’re not helping at all.”
The man said he knows it’s Caverhill’s house but he vowed to stay in the property.
“I am here ‘til my creator tells me to leave and the grandfathers and grandmothers of this land stand up and help me in this situation because I’m in distress by your nations right now.”
Caverhill said she doesn’t understand the current occupants’ claim that they can’t stay in her property without her permission.
“I think that they have this idea that this is ‘some king of tribal land’ or something now,” he said.
“I don’t understand that. This amazes me. I just kind of shake my head on that one.”
Service Alberta is also probing allegations that the former tenant Antonacci changed the locks on the property without Caverhill’s consent, which is an offence under the Residential Tenancies Act.
Mike Berezowsky, a spokesman with Service Alberta, said they’re also looking into the legality of a lien Antonacci allegedly placed on the property.
“Filing a lien requires a sworn affidavit, and lying under oath can be considered perjury,” Berezowsky said.
Providing false information on a lien is tantamount to uttering a forged document.
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