Cambie-area businesses to seek damages

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

By The Vancouver Province

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

Because of the complexity of the case, theatre owner Leonard Schein of the association said a decision was made to go with two law firms, Arvay Finlay and Hordo and Bennett.

There was “overwhelming support,” to proceed, said Schein.

Damages being sought are in excess of $20 million.

The merchants have already spent $60,000 of the $250,000 they have put aside for the suit.

Schein said his Park Theatre alone lost $200,000 between Jan. 1, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2007, “when the hole was directly in front of the theatre.”

The merchants’ statement of claim is to be filed by September, with TransLink expected to respond. After that it will be three to six months before the association knows if its case will be certified as class action.

TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said only: “If it’s going to go before the courts, we’ll let all of the information come out in court.”

Meanwhile, clothing-store owner Susan Heyes has three weeks of court time set aside in November for her lawsuit against the Canada Line.

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