Chapman's challenge to continue

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Dundas bookstore owner Joanna Chapman's legal challenge against 18 Hamilton area businesses will continue on February 10.

A pre-trial hearing scheduled for Dec. 21, was switched to Feb. 10 by the Ontario court to conduct a judicial pre-trail hearing.

"The court preferred to conduct the hearing before a judge rather than a Justice of the Peace," said Eric Gillespie, Chapman's lawyer.

"It has not affected our client. She will take her direction from the court."

Chapman had laid private charges in May, 2005 against 18 companies that had contributed to Mayor Larry Di Ianni's 2003 municipal election campaign.

The private charges were laid May 17 under the Municipal Elections Act.

The court action has since been adjourned a number of times over the last nine months due to timing and procedural issues.

Of Ms. Chapman's 18 charges, 17 relate to alleged over contributions to Di Ianni's campaign.

The companies involved include DeSantis Real Estate Ltd., Fifty Road Joint Ventures Inc., Losani Homes Ltd., Starward Homes Management Ltd., Doral Property Management, Homelife Effect Realty Inc. and Sahar's Hospitality Inc.

Once charge relates to LIUNA, which can not be identified as a corporation or a trade union under the Municipal Elections Act.

The Act limits contributions from corporations to a maximum of $750. The 17 corporations, Chapman alleges, over-contributed to Di Ianni's campaign from $50 to $1,250.

Di Ianni has already given back over $21,000 in donations.

Penalties under the act allow for a fine of up to $25,000 for corporations.

Chapman's challenge to continue

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Dundas bookstore owner Joanna Chapman's legal challenge against 18 Hamilton area businesses will continue on February 10.

A pre-trial hearing scheduled for Dec. 21, was switched to Feb. 10 by the Ontario court to conduct a judicial pre-trail hearing.

"The court preferred to conduct the hearing before a judge rather than a Justice of the Peace," said Eric Gillespie, Chapman's lawyer.

"It has not affected our client. She will take her direction from the court."

Chapman had laid private charges in May, 2005 against 18 companies that had contributed to Mayor Larry Di Ianni's 2003 municipal election campaign.

The private charges were laid May 17 under the Municipal Elections Act.

The court action has since been adjourned a number of times over the last nine months due to timing and procedural issues.

Of Ms. Chapman's 18 charges, 17 relate to alleged over contributions to Di Ianni's campaign.

The companies involved include DeSantis Real Estate Ltd., Fifty Road Joint Ventures Inc., Losani Homes Ltd., Starward Homes Management Ltd., Doral Property Management, Homelife Effect Realty Inc. and Sahar's Hospitality Inc.

Once charge relates to LIUNA, which can not be identified as a corporation or a trade union under the Municipal Elections Act.

The Act limits contributions from corporations to a maximum of $750. The 17 corporations, Chapman alleges, over-contributed to Di Ianni's campaign from $50 to $1,250.

Di Ianni has already given back over $21,000 in donations.

Penalties under the act allow for a fine of up to $25,000 for corporations.

Chapman's challenge to continue

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Dundas bookstore owner Joanna Chapman's legal challenge against 18 Hamilton area businesses will continue on February 10.

A pre-trial hearing scheduled for Dec. 21, was switched to Feb. 10 by the Ontario court to conduct a judicial pre-trail hearing.

"The court preferred to conduct the hearing before a judge rather than a Justice of the Peace," said Eric Gillespie, Chapman's lawyer.

"It has not affected our client. She will take her direction from the court."

Chapman had laid private charges in May, 2005 against 18 companies that had contributed to Mayor Larry Di Ianni's 2003 municipal election campaign.

The private charges were laid May 17 under the Municipal Elections Act.

The court action has since been adjourned a number of times over the last nine months due to timing and procedural issues.

Of Ms. Chapman's 18 charges, 17 relate to alleged over contributions to Di Ianni's campaign.

The companies involved include DeSantis Real Estate Ltd., Fifty Road Joint Ventures Inc., Losani Homes Ltd., Starward Homes Management Ltd., Doral Property Management, Homelife Effect Realty Inc. and Sahar's Hospitality Inc.

Once charge relates to LIUNA, which can not be identified as a corporation or a trade union under the Municipal Elections Act.

The Act limits contributions from corporations to a maximum of $750. The 17 corporations, Chapman alleges, over-contributed to Di Ianni's campaign from $50 to $1,250.

Di Ianni has already given back over $21,000 in donations.

Penalties under the act allow for a fine of up to $25,000 for corporations.