– Restoring the Rule of Law in Vancouver


When a government’s decisions are taken behind closed doors and outside people’s supervision, the world cannot trust that government. — Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate 2003


The rights of BC’s small businesses took a surprising but welcome turn for the better on 27 May 2009.

impeachAfter four years of crippling losses that drove nearly 100 businesses adjacent to the RAV/Canada Line construction from their location or into failure, one heroic merchant saw through her legal battle and won her claim of $600,000 in construction-related losses. This unprecedented decision–following from an unprecedented urban excavation project–may change the lives of many who have suffered, many who have lost their life’s work to the “cavalier disregard” of their legal rights in a democratic country. Check here for more information about this legal case or here to contact us with regard to negotiating a claim on your behalf.

On June 19, an unelected regional transportation authority, already hundreds of millions of dollars in debt due to this mismanaged and fraudulent transit project, chose to throw millions more into the legal fight of big business against the small. Hazel & Company’s award of $600,000 <click for court documents is now being challenged in the BC Court of Appeal by Translink on behalf of the RAV concessionaire, InTransitBC LLP.

The Do RAV Right Coalition wishes to thank over 35 professionals in the fields of municipal, environmental, and criminal law, construction, excavation shoring, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, toxicology, epidemiology, and transportation economics and planning for their contributions to this article.

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