Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care
VANCOUVER — A framed iconic photo in Dr. Brian Day's office shows Muhammad Ali raising a triumphant gloved hand as he stares down at his opponent splayed on the mat after a first-round boxing knockout less than two minutes into the fight. Day, 72, will step into a courtroom on Monday as final arguments begin in the culmination of a battle he launched a decade ago against the British Columbia government based on a constitutional challenge saying patients have a right to pay for private care if the public system leaves them waiting too long.
WATCH: Richmond farmer battles city hall over sign . A battle is brewing between the City of Richmond and one of its best -known farmers —and it all revolves around Bill Zylmans’ longstanding family farm , W & A Farms , has used signage to advertise its strawberries in the same location every
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A Richmond strawberry farmer says he is "quite happy" after winning a court battle over a seasonal sign which city bylaw officers considered to be a safety hazard.
Bill Zylmans said he stood up for himself after he was fined $1,000 during the summer for the large sign that he attached to a trailer parked at the corner of Knight Street and Westminster Highway to guide customers to his berry patch further east on the highway.
City officials were concerned the sign might distract drivers and cause a collision and that it was parked up against crash barriers thereby obstructing them, but the judge threw out the hefty bylaw fine.
Three people deported as Mounties work to stop youth violence, reassure Surrey residents
Three people have been deported and the visa status of three others is under review as Mounties combat a wave of criminal activity, some captured in violent videos, in the Newton area. Surrey RCMP announced the deportations Tuesday as they weathered accusations from community members that not enough was being done to quell the violence, which some have attributed primarily to international students. Videos of assaults and other unruly behaviour filmed in the area have made the rounds on social media, alarming citizens and prompting criticism of police.
Strawberries are ripening across B.C. but the season started with a sour taste for one Richmond farmer .Bill Zylmans has advertised his strawberry patch with a makeshift billboard for more than four decades, but this year bylaw officers fined him after he refused to move it off public property.For every.
Fear not, strawberry lovers. A nasty lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis – the wellspring of about half of California’s strawberry In May, after five days of trial testimony in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, a jury found that California Berry had improperly used the UC plants.
"That sign has been up there for 41 years," said Zylmans.
Zylmans who has been farming for half a century said even though he had never been to court before that he represented himself during a hearing involving the City of Richmond and questioned details about the alleged violation.
"The bylaw officer gave his testimony and then in my cross examination, it became apparent that his testimony was not very well prepared," said Zylmans.
City of Richmond spokesperson Clay Adams said the judge ruled in Zylmans' favour after a bylaw officer could not provide details about where the sign was located.
"It was not clear to the bylaw officer during the hearing that in fact it [the sign] was on city property definitively or municipal property and that, we seemed to understand, cast some question marks around the other details in the eyes of the people making the decision."
Adams said the city does not plan to appeal the ruling at this time.
Properties linked to money-laundering schemes remain in hands of accused: investigation .
Metro Vancouver properties valued at nearly $10 million remain in the hands of people prosecuted in the U.S. for money laundering, Postmedia has learned. Three properties were discovered during Postmedia’s compilation and analysis of 12 cases — reported Saturday — of money laundering in real estate in British Columbia dating back nearly 30 years. During the time the properties in West Vancouver, White Rock and Richmond have been owned by the money launderers, or alleged money launderers, their value has increased by 50 per cent — some $3.1 million. Postmedia’s findings are a result of an examination of U.S., federal Canadian and British Columbia court records; B.C.