Saturday, April 16, 2011

Self-represented Litigant files to Supreme Court of Canada

Susan Heyes files Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court

Is justice only available to the rich and powerful?

I have just filed for leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada as a self represented litigant.

Contributions can be made to the Susan Heyes Legal Defence fund : Royal Bank – account # 07200 – 5076666

I have no means to pay further huge legal fees to take this case to the Supreme Court of Canada, but as a citizen and a small business owner, I can’t afford not to. This is an issue of national importance with the potential to impact any small business in Canada.

The ruling of the BC Appeals Court, if not overturned, would mean that any small business in Canada in the path of a mega-project could suffer severe financial hardship or bankruptcy, without any legal obligation to tell the truth or to provide restitution, on the part of those responsible.

In this case of the P3 model for the Canada Line, this project has even been provided with the powers and funding of every level of government, to profit at the expense of the small businesses. This is unjust and unfair.

I began this fight for justice and compensation six years ago. I have mortgaged my home twice to keep my business viable. $300,000 of the $600,000 award plus costs, was paid out in legal fees, leaving me with a fraction of my actual losses to invest back into my business.

The Canada Line consortium, with assets over $13 billion, expects Hazel & Co to repay the entire $600,000 award, including the already paid legal fees. However, the lawyers for Canada Line apparently suggested that they might be prepared to waive some or all of the recovery of all moneys paid to Susan Heyes Inc. if no Leave to Appeal Application to the Supreme Court of Canada was filed.

Faced with another massive legal bill, and considering this financial inducement, the incentive for stopping any further legal action is compelling. But so is my determination for justice to prevail, and for this issue of national importance to be fully heard, and rectified.

I welcome financial assistance to continue this

If the several years of catastrophic business losses caused by the secretive, non-compliant cut and cover construction of the Canada Line is not considered severe, unreasonable, intolerable - and merits compensation - what process, what length of time and what degree of harm

The Supreme Court of Canada will be asked to consider the balance of fairness in the shared burden of costs and the shared benefits, as they relate to all participants in this landmark case, and that leave is being brought forward by Susan Heyes as a self-represented litigant, at great expense.

Susan Heyes


4280 Main Street

Vancouver, BC

V5V 3P9

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Grant G said...

Lets take back Democracy.

Martin the Savior said...

Justice is available to just seems the people/governments that have the money are the ones who benefit from it.

BC Rail...IPP...P3's...and this...all in another day's work for the Liberals.

Anonymous said...

I was involved in a court action where a group of individuals (70) were cheated by a trade union. We were 100% sure that the law was on our side. We hired at great expense the best law firm available. We fought for 3 years and spent a lot of money. We lost. We could not afford to fight any further. I applaud her willingness to fight on. I am puzzled as to why every small business owner on Cambie street isnt backing her. Her case seems to be one that every small business owner should be outraged over. Good Luck to her

Jeff Taylor said...

I can't for the life of me understand why every small business in BC isn't financially helping this woman with her appeal. I guess the only thing to take from this fact is that people are so self centred, self absorbed, and generally blind to realities around them, that seldom is the good fight ever fought. It always amazes me that the "people" never seem to realize the power that there is in numbers. If every business in the Lower Mainland stood up and marched with this woman, there would be such a strong message sent that you'd have to think that the thugs and bullies would back off and think twice before a stunt like what happened on Cambie would ever be pulled again. Sadly, there might end up being a handful of supporters standing with her while the rest of the people / businesses of our province goes about their merry way.