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Opinion: Burnaby residents upset at ‘grotesque’ pamphlets delivered to homes

People coming onto private property

The delivery by hand of “disgusting” and “explicit” flyers and pamphlets is continuing in Burnaby neighbourhoods.

Two years to the month after I first wrote about parents and homeowners receiving graphic anti-abortion material at their homes, more Burnaby residents are saying they are receiving the flyers.

“This stuff is grotesque,” said Mary-Anne, a North Burnaby resident who didn’t want her last name used. “They came right onto my property and leave this stuff where my kids could find it. I don’t want these folks on my property to do this.”

The flyers are delivered in a way that the material isn’t sealed up, so kids could be exposed to these images.

I previously wrote about a Burnaby father of two children actually who actually photographed the material and emailed it to me. (See above)

Right after his children saw it.

“My kids went to get my neighbours mail as they were away,” Dustin said. “I found our 7 and 4 year olds sitting on my neighbour’s front lawn looking at that disgusting anti-abortion pamphlet. My 4-year-old ran to his room screaming. I phoned the RCMP and they said they would call the company to suggest they don’t distribute them that way. They didn’t care to find the person distributing them.”
I’ve included a photo above of one of the images because some readers said they wanted more "proof," but I have blurred out the more disgusting parts of it.

People have a right to print up flyers like this, but I don’t feel they have the right to step on private property and inflict this on people.

I also previously wrote about Keith, a Burnaby resident with two young children who get a kick out of going to grab the daily mail from the box outside his home.

Luckily, Keith’s kids didn’t see the flyers.

“(They) would have been greeted by very explicit images that should not be shown to kids,” said Keith.

Keith checked the footage from the security cameras he had installed and they show a woman with a stack of the flyers dropping one off.

The flyers were not delivered in a sealed envelope and Keith thinks that, at the very least, they should be.
“As the pamphlets are not delivered in a sealed envelope, they often end up in the hands of children,” he said. “And the girl delivering the flyers could clearly tell we have kids by the amount of kids’ stuff around our yard. Distributing graphic images like these, which easily end up being viewed by children, should be illegal. Movies, books and games all have a rating system and packaging must be made appropriate. These images are worse, and should be provided only with a warning.”

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

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