Hamilton’s Red Hill Parkway lawsuit keeps going

News Mar 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News staff

Hamilton politicians voted to continue the city’s decade-long $75-million lawsuit against the federal government and its employees.

After over a two-hour in-camera meeting at the March 4 government issues committee meeting, councillors reiterated their commitment to the lawsuit.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger stated during last year’s municipal mayor’s race he was against spending more dollars on legal fees against the federal government.

The city launched the lawsuit when Bob Wade was mayor in 2003 charging that 46 government employees acted in bad faith by incorrectly using the Environmental Assessment Act to delay construction of the Red Hill Parkway. The roadway opened in 2007.

The city has spent about $3.1 million, including over $310,000 in costs after a 2011 judge’s ruling. Councillors and staff revealed at a January 2014 general issues committee meeting the city had spent over $3 million on the lawsuit after a freedom of information appeal was filed. The city has filed its own FOI appeal to the federal government on its expenses on the lawsuit.

Former Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie was one of seven politicians who voted against initiating the lawsuit. The vote was 8-7, with Ward 7 councillor Bill Kelly absent.

The lawsuit also identified former Hamilton East Liberal MP Sheila Copps as orchestrating an attempt to stop the Red Hill Parkway construction.

The city’s outside lawyer, David Estrin, said at the time Hamilton’s legal case was “unique” and it had a good chance of succeeding.

Hamilton’s Red Hill Parkway lawsuit keeps going

News Mar 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News staff

Hamilton politicians voted to continue the city’s decade-long $75-million lawsuit against the federal government and its employees.

After over a two-hour in-camera meeting at the March 4 government issues committee meeting, councillors reiterated their commitment to the lawsuit.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger stated during last year’s municipal mayor’s race he was against spending more dollars on legal fees against the federal government.

The city launched the lawsuit when Bob Wade was mayor in 2003 charging that 46 government employees acted in bad faith by incorrectly using the Environmental Assessment Act to delay construction of the Red Hill Parkway. The roadway opened in 2007.

The city has spent about $3.1 million, including over $310,000 in costs after a 2011 judge’s ruling. Councillors and staff revealed at a January 2014 general issues committee meeting the city had spent over $3 million on the lawsuit after a freedom of information appeal was filed. The city has filed its own FOI appeal to the federal government on its expenses on the lawsuit.

Former Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie was one of seven politicians who voted against initiating the lawsuit. The vote was 8-7, with Ward 7 councillor Bill Kelly absent.

The lawsuit also identified former Hamilton East Liberal MP Sheila Copps as orchestrating an attempt to stop the Red Hill Parkway construction.

The city’s outside lawyer, David Estrin, said at the time Hamilton’s legal case was “unique” and it had a good chance of succeeding.

Hamilton’s Red Hill Parkway lawsuit keeps going

News Mar 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Kevin Werner, News staff

Hamilton politicians voted to continue the city’s decade-long $75-million lawsuit against the federal government and its employees.

After over a two-hour in-camera meeting at the March 4 government issues committee meeting, councillors reiterated their commitment to the lawsuit.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger stated during last year’s municipal mayor’s race he was against spending more dollars on legal fees against the federal government.

The city launched the lawsuit when Bob Wade was mayor in 2003 charging that 46 government employees acted in bad faith by incorrectly using the Environmental Assessment Act to delay construction of the Red Hill Parkway. The roadway opened in 2007.

The city has spent about $3.1 million, including over $310,000 in costs after a 2011 judge’s ruling. Councillors and staff revealed at a January 2014 general issues committee meeting the city had spent over $3 million on the lawsuit after a freedom of information appeal was filed. The city has filed its own FOI appeal to the federal government on its expenses on the lawsuit.

Former Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie was one of seven politicians who voted against initiating the lawsuit. The vote was 8-7, with Ward 7 councillor Bill Kelly absent.

The lawsuit also identified former Hamilton East Liberal MP Sheila Copps as orchestrating an attempt to stop the Red Hill Parkway construction.

The city’s outside lawyer, David Estrin, said at the time Hamilton’s legal case was “unique” and it had a good chance of succeeding.