A White Rock condo resident’s court challenge that his rights were infringed by his strata council was dismissed in BC Supreme Court on August 25, 2015. The basis of the court's decision was that Canadian Charter of Rights infringement only applies to government bodies and a strata council is neither a government body nor an extension of a government body.
So, Justice Trevor Armstrong dismissed strata owner Roderick Louis’s petition against the strata council for the Kent Heritage Condo located at Martin and Thrift in White Rock.
This dismissal does not quite bring closure to the long standing disagreements. The judge also ordered the strata to provide Mr. Louis with Strata Meeting Minutes and Notices of Strata Meetings. The judge also stayed the sale of the White Rock condo that Mr. Louis resides in until there is a vote and three quarters of the owners vote in favour of continuing the petition for the sale of the Martin Street condo.
The disagreements have been longstanding between Mr. Louis and the strata. The Peace Arch News previously reported on a incident in which another resident of the condo feared for her safety and a peace bond was imposed.
Mr. Louis e-mailed Peace Arch News to state that “Today’s court decision unfortunately falls far short of what I strongly feel is required to remedy the many blatant defects in B.C.’s strata property act,” Louis said.