B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction to Vancouver community associations
The B.C. Supreme Court has granted an injunction to six community centre associations that are suing the park board.
According to a statement issued by the Hastings, Kensington, Kerrisdale, Killarney, Riley Park Hillcrest and Sunset community associations, the injunction will prevent the park board from terminating its operating agreements with the groups until a full court case takes place on the legal action.
“With the injunction now granted, it is business as usual for patrons of all six community centres,” the groups indicated in a statement issued today (January 17). “The six non-profit volunteer associations will continue to provide services and programs, to have memberships, and to manage the centres they built and have jointly operated for decades.”
Park board chair Niki Sharma said in a news release that the Supreme Court decision “delays” the board’s ability to terminate agreements with the six associations “until a more fulsome trial on the matter can be heard by the Court”.
“Park Board will be reviewing the decision,” Sharma said. “Park Board remains committed to implementing its system-wide public policy goals to provide quality programs and ensure all Vancouver residents have universal access to the full network of taxpayer-funded recreation facilities and programs in the city, regardless of income level and location.”
The legal action was filed in the B.C. Supreme Court in August 2013. The park board responded by announcing it would be terminating its joint operating agreements with the six community associations launching the lawsuit by December 31, 2013.