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Gaglardi stands trial in 2014
The trial of Tom Gaglardi has been pushed back to early 2014.
The 46-year-old majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, who also owns the NHL’s Dallas Stars and whose Northland Properties company is behind the large Sandman development on Lorne Street, is charged with two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat stemming from work done three years ago on a family property in Savona.
Charged alongside Gaglardi are Robert John Gaglardi and Northland Properties Corporation.
A business partner was initially included on the indictment, but has since been removed.
Gaglardi had been slated to stand trial earlier this summer, but that date has since been pushed back.
Last month, dates were set for a new three-day trial in January.
According to court documents obtained by KTW, the charges allege the parties contravened federal legislation by first clearing and then filling land — actions “that resulted in the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat, the foreshore of Kamloops Lake.”
The documents allege the offences took place between April 2010 and Jan. 25, 2011.
The charges were laid on April 10, 2012.
At a pre-trial conference in April, before the June trial dates were pushed back, Crown prosecutor D.R. Kier said he intends to call six witnesses — including a surveyor and a biologist — and show before-and-after aerial footage of the property.
The Gaglardi family has a lakeside property in Savona, located east of the entry to the Savona Aspen Planers panel plant.
Meanwhile, the Gaglardis are also being sued by the strata of a residential development the family built in Revelstoke, beginning in 2007.
The lawsuit, filed in January in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, claims Tom, Bob, Andrea and Devonna Gaglardi, working under the company name Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Inc., were deficient in installing utilities in the development.
The alleged deficiencies include an unstable retaining wall, incomplete lighting and signage, a sewer system that has “not been set to proper grades” and a drainage system that “has not been completed or constructed as designed.”
The document also accuses the Gaglardis of providing falsified information to B.C.’s superintendent of real estate in four reports filed between 2007 and 2009.
According to court records, the Gaglardis have yet to file a response to the notice of claim.
In September 2012, a local traffic-control company filed a lawsuit against Gaglardi and Northlands, alleging the company failed to make good on a bill of less than $300.
Interior Traffic Control was seeking $268.80 — plus $156 in court fees — for work done at the Sandman construction site on Lorne Street in February 2012.
The Fisheries Act charges are due back in court on Nov. 8 for a pre-trial conference and then again on Dec. 9 for a trial-confirmation hearing.
The trial itself is slated to begin on Jan. 13, 2014.