Court fight brewing over Cambie Street
By DHARM MAKWANA, 24 HOURS
A group of Cambie Street small-business owners are building momentum, on the back of a B.C. Supreme Court ruling, to launch a class-action lawsuit against the province for financial losses caused by Canada Line construction.
Susan Heyes, maternity clothes designer and head of Hazel & Co., is leading the litigation charge after the province's attorneys failed to quash her case for compensation before the court Wednesday.
"I'm appalled that I even have to be talking about suing my own government for damage caused by a project that they insisted on building," she said.
Vancouver-Fairview MLA Gregor Robertson, a staunch small-business supporter, took the fight to Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon yesterday in the Legislature, only to be told the province will not comment on the Cambie Street quagmire until a judge rules on Heyes' complaint.
"They've already destroyed these small businesses and now they're going to fight them in court," Robertson said. "It's abominable."
Heyes, who claims to have lost $400,000 in net revenue since November 2005, said a year-long wait for her case to be heard should do nothing to diminish her cause.