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Law firm plans to sue OPP, province on behalf of businesses

Postby Thomas » Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:59 am

Law firm plans to sue OPP, province on behalf of businesses suffering over land dispute

KITCHENER -- A law firm based in Caledonia has started the process to sue provincial police and the province on behalf of businesses in the area that are suffering financially due to the ongoing land dispute at McKenzie Meadows.

"In a perfect world, my hope is that the roadblocks come down," said Sheri Harding, who owns a Pita Pit location there.

Harding said her business took a hit at the start of the pandemic, but managed to recover when it reopened.

Arrell Law filed a notice of action in a planned class action lawsuit against the OPP and the province. Harding is the representative plaintiff in the suit.

The firm told CTV News Kitchener that a statement of claim with allegations hasn't been served. It needs to wait 60 days before the lawsuit can commence. It also hasn't heard back from any other affected businesses, but has invited all of them to contact them.

Foxgate Developments, the company behind the McKenzie Meadows development, confirmed to CTV News Kitchener that they're taking their own legal action.

"We have previously delivered a notice to the Federal Government, Provincial Government and the Ontario Provincial Police confirming that we intend to seek our legal remedies. Any civil actions initiated by Foxgate, its contractors, and its home-buyers may be in addition to the class action proceedings," a statement said in part.

Officials said they expect definitive court orders to either be respected and/or enforced.

The OPP declined to comment because the matter is before the court, but said officers last accompanied a court sheriff to read and post court injunctions on Nov. 16.

"In a perfect world, we get this resolved and we get back to business," Harding said.

She said the goal isn't financial gain, but about bringing attention to the situation.

"It's affecting a lot of people," Harding said. "Not just the people of Caledonia, but I would assume the people of Six Nations as well, because we rely very heavily on supporting each other, we always have." ... -1.5224080
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