Landowner files another lawsuit
The man who didn’t show up for the Chilliwack trial of his $15 million lawsuit against opponents of his proposal to fill in 66 acres of his Aldergrove farm has filed another lawsuit that complains about the way his fill application was made public.
In a separate B.C. Supreme Court statement of claim filed in Vancouver, property owner Robin Scory complains that his right to privacy was violated when details of his soil fill application were disclosed on three occasions in March, September and October of 2010, once during a public meeting by a councillor and twice by Township staff to individuals.
“The plaintiff, Robin Scory, did not consent to the release of his personal name or any subsequent information involving his business at TOL [Township of Langley]” Scory writes in a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court.
It is one of several complaints made in the 11-page document filed in March of this year by Scory, who also argues that he was the victim of harassment and malicious conduct when he applied to the Township to get a building permit for a farm residence with an attached machinery storage building on his farm at 7306 264 Street.
He wants compensation for “unreasonable delays and unnecessary expenses.”
The Vancouver lawsuit names two Township of Langley employees and the Township, as well as the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the provincial Ministry of the Environment and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Like Scory’s other lawsuit filed last year in Chilliwack against an environmental group and two individuals who criticized the soil fill, the property owner claims that he has been the victim of “malicious” and “willful misconduct.”
In April, a Vancouver judge dismissed the lawsuit against the provincial Ministry of the Environment and ordered Scory to pay $250 towards court costs.
The other defendants in the Vancouver lawsuit have also applied to have the lawsuit dismissed.
So have the defendants in the Chilliwack case.
One lawyer called the Scory lawsuit “misguided” during a May 3 hearing in Chilliwack that proceeded without Scory, after he sent a last-minute e-mail that he would be too busy volunteering with a society that feeds HIV-positive people.
During the one-day trial, the court heard that Scory objected to the use of the word “landfill” to describe his proposal to dump 100,000 truckloads of dirt over 66 acres of the 160-acre parcel he owns because Webster’s dictionary defines a landfill as the “disposal of garbage, rubbish, etc. by burying it under soil or earth.”
The Chilliwack hearing ended with the judge reserving decision until a later date.