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General News · 30th June 2021
Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Strathcona Regional District

Campbell River, BC – The Strathcona Regional Board (SRD) received an update at its Board meeting today regarding the status of the petition filed in Supreme Court by Electoral Area B, Cortes Island Director Noba Anderson.

The BC Supreme Court released its decision on Thursday June 24th, 2021 with respect to the petition filed by Director Noba Anderson which alleged that she had been unreasonably censured and denied indemnification by the Regional Board. The case was heard over the last several months by Mr. Justice Gaul who presented the Court's decision via teleconference due to COVID19 restrictions.

Director Anderson and SRD representatives together with their respective legal counsels attended remotely for the conference call. The decision was read aloud by Mr. Justice Gaul and in summary, the Regional District was successful in defending itself against the allegations.

“The SRD was defending an action brought forward by Director Anderson. The BC Supreme Court found the SRD to be fair, reasonable, operating within its authority and following proper process” said SRD Board Chair Brad Unger. “I am glad to have the matter behind us, as a Board we will continue to serve residents of Cortes Island.”

In reaching his decisions Mr. Justice Gaul cited a number of precedents in Canadian law and offered a very detailed analysis as to why the petitioner had failed to convince the Court that the Regional District had acted in an unreasonable or arbitrary manner in reaching its indemnification and censure decisions.

The written reasons for judgement will be posted on when it becomes available.

Media contact:
David Leitch
SRD Chief Administrative Officer