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Cambie Street Merchant Wins $600,000 in Damages in Court

I just received two emails from Susan Heyes, with copies of the email her lawyer, Cameron Ward, sent explaining in legal terms the outcome of a hard fought case that went to BC Supreme Court, in which she was the plaintiff. But first, two words: "WE WON!"

Ms. Heyes' struggle began with the cut and cover RAV line excavation project that made getting into her store, Hazel and Co., at the corner of Sixteenth and Cambie, difficult to impossible at times. She diligently kept records, attempted to contact government officials, and became the face of the merchants whose businesses were devastated by the project, which the government had initially said would be a bored tunnel and finished within months. Instead, the project and its disturbances drew on through years and continues to this day.

Ms. Heyes finally relocated her business to Main Street and sued the government and companies associated with the RAV line construction.

Hazel and Co. at Sixteenth and Cambie now stands empty.

Photo by Linda Solomon

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