NEWS BULLETIN file

Court date set for case involving former bylaws manager and City of Nanaimo

Rod Davidson was fired in September

It appears that the a civil court case involving the City of Nanaimo and a former senior manager will be heading to a courtroom.

According to a notice of trial filed in in B.C. Supreme Court last week, a court date has been scheduled for Feb. 5, 2019, in Vancouver to deal with a civil case involving the City of Nanaimo and Rod Davidson, the city’s former manager of bylaw, regulation and security.

Davidson filed a civil claim against the city in March, arguing that the city breached its contractual obligations when they fired him without cause.

The former manager of bylaw, regulation and security was let go in September 2017 as part of an ongoing restructuring effort under Tracy Samra, the city’s chief administrative officer. Davidson’s claim accuses the city of firing him less than three months before his monthly pension benefits would have increased. Davidson’s claim, according to court documents, argues that because of his firing, he suffered and continues to suffer financial damages.

RELATED: City denies ‘bad faith’ in firing of bylaws manager

RELATED: Former bylaws manager suing City of Nanaimo

RELATED: CAO says city’s corporate restructuring now complete

RELATED: City bylaws manager cut in restructuring

The city, which is seeking to have the case thrown out, responded to Davidson’s claim last month by denying any wrongdoing, but admitting that it did fire him without cause. The city, according to court documents, denies that Davidson’s firing caused him to suffer and that if he did suffer, it was because he failed to take “reasonable steps” to mitigate any losses or damages.

Davidson was given $52,046 in severance according to a city document obtained by the News Bulletin through a freedom of information request.

Nicole R. Howell, Davidson’s attorney, could not be reached for comment. Lana Tsang, the city’s attorney, did not comment and directed inquiries to John Van Horne, the city’s director of human resources. Calls to Van Horne were not returned.



nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook or follow Nicholas Pescod on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo RCMP seek suspect after armed robbery of gas station

Alleged incident occurred Sunday night at Uplands Drive and Turner Road

Nanaimo man dies in rollover crash in Brechin Hill area

Medical emergency suspected in incident Saturday on Poplar Street

Tonight’s Nanaimo byelection debate intended to inform ‘young professionals’

B.C. Liberals, NDP and Green candidates to participate in Forum for Millennial Leadership debate

Nanaimo school trustees will vote on pay increase

School district business committee recommends raise to offset new tax laws

Truck convoy honouring Nanaimo boy who died after being struck by vehicle

Trucks left from Victoria and others joined along the way up the Island

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver that killed BC RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Vancouver Island career fair will help serve a job-seekers’ market

Black Press Media Extreme Education and Career Fair slated for Feb. 7 in Comox Valley

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Most Read