Markham landowner sues councilors for trespassing

MARKHAM, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - The owner of 205 acres of land in Markham is suing two Markham councilors for $60,000 each for unlawfully trespassing on the property for their own political ends.

Upper Unionville Inc., owner of the property at the northeast corner of 16th Avenue and Markham, says in a statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court that Markham councilors Valerie Burke and Erin Shapero trespassed on the property three times in order to further their own political agendas through media interviews in January and April.

The owner's statement of claim says the councilors knew the property in question was designated for residential development, deliberately trespassed on it, and used the property as a "political backdrop" to "enhance their political views that completely different lands north of the subject property should not be used for future urban development."

Before filing the lawsuit, the lawyer for the property owner wrote to the councilors asking for an apology and an assurance that they would not trespass on the land again. Neither an apology nor an assurance they will not trespass again has been received.

The suit also seeks an injunction to prevent further trespassing by the Markham councilors.


For further information: For further information: Colin Stevenson, Stevenson Associates, 144 Front St. West, Suite 400, Toronto, ON, M5J 2L7, (416) 599-7900

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