Brennan Ramsey.pdf


Preview of PDF document brennan-ramsey.pdf

Page 1 2 3 4 5 6

Text preview


RAMSAY

LAMPMAN

O PETER R AM S A Y . Q C.

R IC H A R D N . R H O D ES*

PETER C.P. BEHIE. Q . C . "

DEREK R.S. J O N S O N "
JENNIFER M IL L B A N K "

STEPHEN M cPH EE, Q . C . "
C HELSEA D. W ILS O N
D YLAN M . KOZLICK
SARAH BETH H U TC H IS O N

R H OD E S
D A V ID R BROO KS**
M IC H A EL W A S S E R M A N N **
D O N N A L. KY DD **
N IC O LE E. S M IT H **
LISA M . LO W

C AR O LIN E M . DEANE
S O N Y A PARKIN
M ELISSA A N D ER SO N

ESTHER L. ROBSON

T H O M A S SE N E C A l

LAWYERS

R E C E IV E D |
www.rlr-law.com
info@rlr-law.com

DEC 1 5 2015

IO H N W . H O R N . Q.C.
A D A M d e TURBERVILLE-

RETIRED
JO N A T H A N W . LA M P M A N
JAM ES A. V A N S T O N E , Q.C.
ERIC JO H N MOSLEY

o u r f il e :

R E P L Y A T T E N T IO N :

M A Y O R 'S O F F I C E

E -M A IL :
REPLY T O :

•L A W C OR POR ATION

C9678

Peter C.P. Behie, Q.C.
pbehie@rlr-law.com
Nanaimo Office

Decem ber 10, 2015

City o f Nanaimo
455 Wallace Street
Nanaimo, BC V 9R 5J6
Attention: Bill M cKay, M ayor
D ear Sir:
RE:

Conflict with Nanaim o City Council____________________________________ _

We are counsel for Diane Brennan who, as you know, is a Councillor for the City o f
Nanaimo.
We have reviewed w ith our client the facts around the recent events concerning the in
cam era decision to hire Ms. Samra as the interim C hief Adm inistrative Officer and the
Council’s steps to investigate and censure certain Councillors, including our client, for
allegedly breaching the confidence o f an in-camera meeting.
We have advised our client o f the following:
(a)

the m otion by Council passed on 30 N ovem ber 2015 to censure our client
and others on Council is without legal foundation since both the substantive
decision o f a breach was erroneous and the process by which the decision
was made failed to observe the basic elements o f fairness;

(b)

the entire m eeting at which apologies were demanded o f Councillors was
equally flawed as it failed to comply with principles o f natural justice,
including the right to obtain and seek legal advice;

(c)

the will o f the in-camera meeting o f the City M anager Selection Committee
(which w as a com m ittee o f the whole Council) on 13 Novem ber 2015 and
o f the subsequent Council meeting 16 N ovem ber 2015 was to allow the

N a n a im o O ffice : 111 W a lla c e S tre e t, P.O . B ox 6 6 7 , N a n a im o , B C V 9 R 5 L 9 T e l: 2 5 0 -7 5 4 -3 3 2 1 Fax: 2 5 0 -7 5 4 -1 1 4 8
P o rt A lb e rn i O ffic e : 3 2 9 0 T h ird A v e n u e , P o rtA lb e rn i, B C V 9 Y 4 E 1 T e l: 2 5 0 -7 2 4 -1 2 7 5 Fax: 2 5 0 -7 2 4 -7 2 0 0 T o ll Free: 1 -8 7 7 -7 2 4 -1 2 7 5