A property owner and long-time business owner in Calgary is suing Ward 7 councillor Druh Farrell over allegations of defamation and interfering with a land use application - two accusations among many others that have yet to be proven in court.
The owner of the property is host to an annual Stampede event and is accusing the politician of using her authority to send city bylaw officers to find problems with the event and write citations.
Watch as I explain the background of this story that has sparked some controversy.
Farrell says she won’t be intimidated by the lawsuit that she believes is designed to stop her from doing her job, which she insists has been her priority all along, so she has sent it to the City’s legal team for review.
She says the community was opposed to the project and she’s been acting on behalf of her constituents, basically dismissing the lawsuit as frivolous.
At this time, the Plaintiff is suing for over $210,000 for injurious falsehood, defamation, special damages, aggravated, exemplary and/or punitive damages and legal costs.
They also want the application revisited, for Farrell to be prevented from voting on it and for her to be removed from her position in office.
But, considering how close her race was last election, I don’t think this lawsuit is going to help her next time.