The B.C. Supreme Court has awarded former Cambie Street merchant Susan Heyes $600,000 in damages relating to the construction of the Canada Line.
Heyes, who owned and operated the maternity wear store Hazel & Co. at 16th Avenue and Cambie Street from 1999 to December 2008, sought compensation—through her lawyer Cameron Ward—for lost earnings between 2005 to 2008.
Heyes claimed the cut-and-cover construction of the RAV Line (now known as the Canada Line) disrupted her business.
In his ruling today (May 27), Justice Ian Pitfield said Canada Rapid Transit Line, TransLink, and InTransitBC are all equally liable for the damages awarded to Heyes.
The ruling cleared Canada, the City of Vancouver, and the B.C. attorney general of misrepresentation, negligence, and nuisance.
In an e-mail widely sent around today, Heyes wrote: “WE WON !!”
Heyes has relocated her store to Main Street.