Hells Angels lose court bid to take back Vancouver Island clubhouse

VANCOUVER -- The Hells Angels have lost a bid to regain control of a clubhouse in Nanaimo, B.C., in advance of a civil trial scheduled for next year.

See Full Article

The province seized the clubhouse in November 2007 under the Civil Forfeiture Act.

Orders were granted against the property by B.C. Supreme Court judges at that time and again in March 2009, meaning the building and its contents could not be used, mortgaged or sold.

Lawyers for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp., Angel Acres Recreation and Festival Property Ltd. and several individuals applied to set aside the orders in B.C. Supreme Court.

They have asked Justice Barry Davies to allow Angel Acres Recreation and Festival Property Ltd. to regain possession of the Nanaimo clubhouse pending a civil trial set for May 2017.

Davies has dismissed the application, ruling there's enough physical and expert evidence to support allegations that the clubhouse could be used in the future for unlawful activity by the Hells Angels.

His ruling notes the director of civil forfeiture is trying to seize clubhouse and its contents, including clothing, bar equipment and alcohol, as well as more than $10,600 in Canadian currency and US$278.

The ruling says the director of civil forfeiture will also seek the seizure of clubhouses in Vancouver's east end and Kelowna in May 2017.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • What each province, territory is doing on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    Canada News CTV News
    Friday is the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. The federal government made Sept. 30 a statutory holiday for its workers and federally regulated workplaces last year. Source
  • 'We shouldn't have to push people': Most provinces have not made Sept. 30 a stat

    Canada News CTV News
    While Canada prepares to honour the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, the majority of provinces have not followed the federal government's move to make it a statutory holiday for its workers. Source
  • Father testifies of pain inflicted by Sandy Hook deniers

    World News CTV News
    WATERBURY, Conn. - Ian Hockley testified Tuesday that he was ridiculed online as a “party boy” and an actor after posting a video of the memorial service for his 6-year-old son, who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. Source
  • Hurricane Fiona to cause up to record $700 million in insured losses

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - DBRS Morningstar estimates hurricane Fiona will cause between $300 million and $700 million in insured losses in Atlantic Canada for a record high in the region. The credit rating agency says in a report that the amount is roughly in line with previous natural disasters in other provinces such as the flooding in B.C. Source
  • Up to 23 people taken to hospital after exposure to hydrochloric acid in St. Catharines

    Canada News CTV News
    Up to 23 people are being taken to hospital in St. Catharines following a hazardous workplace incident on Tuesday, Niagara Health confirms. St. Catharines Fire Chief, Dave Upper, told CTV News a contractor was working and accidentally hit a valve, which released five litres of hydrochloric acid. Source
  • Border-crossing asylum seekers hit six-year high in Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - The number of asylum seekers entering Canada between formal border crossings has surged to the highest point since the government started tracking them in 2017, as dropped pandemic restrictions enable more travel and conflict and catastrophe displace people in many parts of the world. Source
  • Second man arrested in violent assault of Elnaz Hajtamiri in Richmond Hill, Ont.

    Canada News CTV News
    Police have arrested another man in connection to an alleged violent attack on Elnaz Hajtamiri in a Richmond Hill, Ont. parking garage just weeks before she disappeared in January. Investigators with the York Regional Police Criminal Bureau announced Harshdeep Binner, 24, of Brampton, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, was arrested last week. Source
  • China's Xi reappears on state TV amid rumours over absence

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping reappeared on state television Tuesday after a several-day absence from public view that sparked rumours about the 69-year-old leader's political fortunes. Xi was shown visiting a display at the Beijing Exhibition Hall on the theme of "Forging Ahead into the New Era. Source
  • Appeals court stops short of declaring Donald Trump immune from rape accuser claim

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK - A federal appeals court on Tuesday stopped short of declaring Donald Trump immune from author E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit, saying it needed guidance on whether Trump was acting as U.S. president when he denied raping her. Source
  • Chess world rocked by cheating accusations made by game's leading player

    World News CBC News
    The genteel world of chess has been rocked by accusations of cheating made by the game's leading player. Magnus Carlsen, the world champion and a player widely considered one of the greatest ever, posted a statement on Twitter in which he said he believed 19-year-old American opponent Hans Niemann "has cheated more — and more recently — than he has publicly admitted. Source