The former Cambie Street merchant who won a $600,000 award from the B.C. Supreme Court for losses caused by Canada Line construction is outraged by Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc., TransLink, and InTransitBC’s decision to appeal the ruling.
Susan Heyes, owner of maternity-clothing company Hazel & Co., said in a statement issued today (June 19) that the move means justice will be delayed once again.
“I am hanging by a financial thread,” Heyes stated. “Any further delays in receiving the full award of compensation, including costs and interest, will place my livelihood in great jeopardy.”
Heyes issued the statement immediately after the three defendants announced that they will appeal the May 27, 2009, decision by Justice Ian Pitfield.
“We believe there are legal and factual errors in the judgment which support an appeal,” said Canada Line lawyer George Macintosh said in a press release today.
The same release stated that the defendants will pay Heyes for the cost of the trial at the B.C. Supreme Court, as ordered by Pitfield.
The defendants, according to the release, will also “offer to assist Ms. Heyes with her costs for the appeal regardless of the outcome of the appeal”.
Heyes said that small businesses “deserve better than bankruptcy when government-funded mega-projects impact their life’s work”.
“Government is quick to bail-out large corporations,” Heyes said. “Yet the very backbone of our economy, small businesses, are being treated with such disrespect.”