British Columbia court says mayor must pay $75,000 for defamation

Court says mayor must pay $75,000 for defamation

CRANBROOK, B.C. — A B.C. Supreme Court has ordered the mayor of Invermere, who is also an NDP candidate in the provincial election, to pay $75,000 in a defamation lawsuit.

Justice Gary Weatherill ruled Gerry Taft defamed Devin Kazakoff when he called him a convicted felon who had extreme positions on animal rights issues on a website based in Cranbrook, B.C.

The judgment says Kazakoff was opposed to the deer cull in the area and in 2014 destroyed two deer traps, which it says he pleaded guilty to in court and was later given an absolute discharge, meaning he didn’t have a criminal record.

The judge ordered Taft pay the man $50,000 in general damages and $25,000 for aggravated damages in restoration.

Weatherill also said no apology, retraction or withdrawal can ever be guaranteed to completely undo the harm the defamation had done.

The decision says Taft apologized at the end of the trial for his choice of words and the pain and suffering he caused to Kazakoff and his reputation.

In a statement, Taft said he was disappointed by the decision, disagreed with much of it and is consulting his lawyer about filing an appeal.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Naude earns freestyle podium spot at last event before Olympics

Penticton freestyle skier Andi Naude earns second at last World Cup before Pyeongchang Olympics

Fire at Osoyoos business

A fire started on Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. at the East Indian Meat Shop and fruit stand

Budding tennis stars learn the ropes

Students at local elementary schools get some lessons in tennis

Lawsuit claims medication mishandling at Penticton’s hospital

The claimant says her doctor ramped up her bipolar medication before cutting her off

Reel Reviews: The Commuter arrives, but The Post delivers

We say, “The Post is taut and electric. The Commuter is clever.”

Taking kindness to a new level

Students make thoughtfulness a year-round initiative

A look at potential Canadian nominees for this year’s Oscars

The nominations are to be revealed Tuesday morning for the 90th Academy Awards

B.C. expert weighs in on why kids are eating Tide pods for fun

Why are kids taking part in something completely pointless yet so risky?

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Most Read