A summary of select cases handled by Chantler & Company: 

Akintoye v. City of Vancouver et al. 

 Photo courtesy of Peter Kim

Photo courtesy of Peter Kim

Chantler & Company and Pivot Legal Society represented an individual who was assaulted by police in a case of mistaken identity. The case considered police powers on an investigative detention, and the circumstances that justify police use of force.

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New York Times v. AdvantageBC 

Chantler & Company represented the New York Times in a petition seeking information about a secretive tax-incentive program operated by the Province of British Columbia through a society doing business as AdvantageBC. 

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Inquest into the death of Brandon Juhani Jansen (BC Coroner's Service)

 Photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Chantler & Company represented a party at the BC Coroner's Service Inquest into the death of Brandon Juhani Jansen, which examined drug policies, treatment options, and the ongoing fentanyl-overdose crisis. The Coroner's jury made 21 recommendations directed at the Province of BC, the health authorities, and several professional colleges.  

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British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Boon et al. (BCSC)

Chantler & Company acted for a defendant in an action brought by BC Hydro against individuals opposed to the controversial Site C Dam project, currently under construction on the Peace River in northeast British Columbia. In February, 2016, BC Hydro brought an injunction seeking to enjoin members of the public from occupying areas necessary for clearing trees. The project is being opposed on the basis of economic and environmental grounds and First Nations' treaty rights.  

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Pinnacle Gaming Solutions Inc. v. BC Lottery Corporation et al. (BCSC)

Chantler & Company acted for a casino and gaming developer in a claim for damages against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Province of British Columbia (Minister of Finance). 

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Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC v. Dutton et al. (BCSC)

 Photo by  Mychaylo Prystupa , Vancouver Observer

Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer

Chantler & Company acted for defendants in a lawsuit and injunction application brought by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, a Canadian subsidiary of international oil company Kinder Morgan. The oil company sought to conduct drilling work on Burnaby Mountain, which lead to peaceful protests involving hundreds of people including students, professors, indigenous leaders and other community members. Trans Mountain discontinued the lawsuit in January 2015 and paid legal costs. 

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Johnstone v. The Minister of Justice (BCSC)

Chantler & Company acted for the plaintiff in a claim against the RCMP (Minister of Justice) alleging police officers negligently permitted an international child abduction to occur. The case was covered by CBC's national news segment Go Public. 

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Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Nat. Energy Board)

Chantler & Company represented a Burnaby residents' group that had intervenor status at the National Energy Board's public hearings into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). The TMEP is a proposal by Kinder Morgan to build a pipeline from Edmonton, AB to Burnaby, BC. It is being opposed by a number of municipalities, First Nations and residents' groups. The National Energy Board held hearings into the proposal from April, 2014 to February, 2016.

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Inquest into the death of Lucîa Vega Jiménez (BC Coroner's Service)

Chantler & Company represented the BC Civil Liberties Association as an intervenor at the BC Coroner's Inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez, who died while in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency in holding cells at Vancouver International Airport. 

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Wrongful Death Claims - Missing and Murdered Women (BCSC)

 Photo by Carmine Marinelli, 24 Hours

Photo by Carmine Marinelli, 24 Hours

Chantler & Company represents a number of men and women whose mothers were victims of convicted serial murderer Robert W. Pickton. Civil claims against the municipal, provincial and federal governments were resolved out of court in mid-2014, while claims against certain named defendants are ongoing. 

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Civil Claims Against Police

Chantler & Company represents or has successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered damages as a result of various altercations or interactions with police. These claims typically involve physical and psychological injuries as well as economic loss and Charter damages, and are usually brought in conjunction with complaints to the Police Complaint Commissioner or Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP. 

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