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May 08, 2015

The Downtown Vancouver BIA has filed a Notice of Appeal in the April 10, 2015 BC Supreme Court decision in the case against its Downtown Ambassador program.

The DVBIA believes the BC Supreme Court judge erred in her decision and her ruling creates uncertainty for its Ambassador program. The DVBIA has up to 90 days to file its detailed reasons for appealing.

The DVBIA believes the BC Human Rights Tribunal decision of 2012 that dismissed the complaint against the program should stand. The Court of Appeal will be asked to restore this ruling. That decision was based on the testimony of 17 supporting witnesses over a 20-day hearing.

In both 2009 and 2010, the DVBIA sought to resolve the claim with the plaintiffs through mediation, but were turned down. Mediation is not being considered at this time.

“Since 2008, this legal action has done nothing to address the real issue of homelessness,” says Charles Gauthier, DVBIA President & CEO. “By filing this appeal, we want to address the legislative ambiguity the BC Supreme Court ruling creates and get back to working with our community partners to support those who are most vulnerable in our community.”

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