Court upholds islander’s civil suit against Parks Canada

  • Oct. 22, 2004 3:00 p.m.

Another victory for Tassilo Goetz Hanisch in his legal proceedings with Parks Canada, this time from the BC Court of Appeal.
It all started in a storm in late July1998 when Mr. Hanisch, of Rose Harbour at the south end of Moresby Island, salvaged a Zodiac belonging to the federal agency. Not only was he not thanked, but he was charged with mischief. While those charges were later dropped, Mr. Hanisch felt he had been wronged, and filed a civil suit for false arrest and defamation.
Last year, the BC Supreme Court awarded $77,500 to Mr. Hanisch, and now the BC Court of Appeal has upheld most of that, giving him over $62,500 in damages, but dropping the damages against the RCMP, who it ruled, acted poorly but not maliciously.
“I feel great, I feel almost levitating, a weight has been taken off my shoulder,” Mr. Hanisch told the Observer Friday, The appeal court found that the previous supreme court trial was fair, and that the conduct of the Parks Canada warden “Â…was deserving of the condemnation of the court reflected in the order for punitive damages against (the warden).” The court also noted “the manner in which (Mr. Hanisch) was dealt with after the arrest simply adds to the outrage. Further, to date, he has not received an apology from those responsible.”
The appeal court also ruled that since Mr. Hanisch has been predominantly successful in his court action, court costs are to be paid by Parks Canada and the RCMP.

Just Posted

Logging protest at Collison Point

Husby crews lock up gear after group led by Old Massett Haida calls for end of logging at Collison

Cullen calls on DFO for quick notice of any salmon closures

MP urges co-operation after DFO releases grim estimates for sockeye, chinook returns

B.C. to protect more habitat for coastal northern goshawk, marbled murrelet

Few new goshawk nests expected on Haida Gwaii, where deer, low numbers are of high concern

Hundreds more Haida Gwaii homes to get high-speed internet

Gwaii Communications wins $4.9-million grant from Canada, B.C., Gwaii Trust to expand local services

On the Wing: Stormy weather in the wild

By Margo Hearne Things have calmed down after the big full-moon tides.… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

VIDEO: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

B.C. man to plead guilty in connection with hit-and-run that killed teen

Jason Gourlay charged with failure to stop at the scene of accident, attempting to obstruct justice

Rescue boat theft marks third in 3 years for B.C. SAR team

Eight-metre Spirit of Harrison rescue vessel was stolen Friday night, found Saturday morning

BCHL Today: Wenatchee Wild goaltenders a cause for concern

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Canadian survivors, supporters rally against proposed ’60s Scoop settlement

Some have accused the government of underestimating the number of survivors

Most Read