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QUESNEL Prominent lawyer Leo McGrady will present a legal opinion at a town hall meeting next week on the citys plan to buy the most expensive city hall in British Columbias central and northern interior.

The issue has polarized the community with many concerned that the building is overpriced, unnecessary and a drain on valuable city resources. Residents and city workers are demanding a referendum, including an option that the city walk away from the lease. City council says they are legally bound to purchase the building.

Mayor Nate Bello, council and administrators are invited to this public meeting. Admission is free.

  • What:
    Town Hall Meeting Legal and political opinions on Quesnel purchase of new city hall

  • Panelists:
    • Leo McGrady, Senior Partner, McGrady Baugh & Whyte
    • Barry ONeill, President, CUPE BC
    • Ron Campbell, spokesperson, Citizens Concerned about Place St Laurent (CCAPSL)

  • Where:
    Royal Canadian Legion

  • When:
    Wednesday, July 7, 2004
    7:30 p.m.

The long-awaited legal opinion will be presented and distributed. Barry ONeill, president of B.C.s largest union, will comment on the financial and political impact of this potential purchase on public services. Ron Campbell, a spokesperson for the community group against the purchase (CAAPSL), will present his groups concerns.

Leo McGrady has been a litigation lawyer in Vancouver since 1969 and has been counsel on several major charter/labour law cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has taught at the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia, Capilano College in North Vancouver and for the B.C. Continuing Legal Education Society.

For more information, please visit www.cupe1050.com or www.quesnelnews.com


Dan Weiman, President, CUPE 1050, c: (250) 991-9195;
Pat Morton, CAAPSL, c: (250) 992-9895;
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, c: (778) 229-0258.