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40 years of goodwill that the space has fostered while it has functioned as
originally intended. It has been enjoyed by countless members of the public
(along with the legal profession). The space both figuratively and literally
allows members of the public to connect with the administration of justice
in a way that would not be possible without its existence. We can provide
client reviews that we have received, also upon request.
3. There will be a negative public perception of the intended change
It is clear from the grand design, including the vanishing edge pond framing
the view of the old Provincial courthouse, that the space was intended to be
the jewel in the Vancouver Law Courts complex. It is a view that is only
available from the balcony and the picture book windows on the north side
of the Law Courts Inn restaurant, and nowhere else in the complex. The
perception of that view being taken away forever from the taxpayers of this
Province, so that an as yet undisclosed group may occupy offices in that
space can only result in a negative perception of this Government’s decision
to seize the space for its own purposes.
As inferred above, the capital project cost to repurpose the space into offices
will also inevitably be significant, and we question the optics of this Government
incurring that cost to create offices, in these strained economic times.
The decision to repurpose the space for offices has been taken by you, as
far as we are aware, without any consultation with interested stakeholders.
As we understand it, the first notice to the Judiciary was around the time
the Society was informed in May, that the lease would not be renewed. The
Arthur Erickson Foundation was never advised of this pivotal decision, as is
evident in their letter sent to Mr. Gorman Lee (copy enclosed). We as a Society,
aware of the expiry date of the lease, reached out on several occasions