Indo-Canadians Term New Housing Law 'Racist'

December 7, 2006


Vancouver--The Indo-Canadian community in British Columbia's Surrey city is upset over a new housing bylaw that seeks to limit the size of homes claiming it as a racial move.

The Surrey council wants to limit the size of homes in St. Helen's Park, one of the Lower Mainland city's oldest neighbourhoods, after residents protested that the bigger homes being built by Indo-Canadian families there was changing the traditional landscape of ranch-style homes.

Local residents have also raised objection to a new Sikh school coming up in the area, saying it would lead to more Indo-Canadian families moving into the area, according to CBC News.

However, the local Indo-Canadian community reacted by saying that the new bylaw has clear racial overtones.