Texada players tangled in legal chase

April 24, 2017

Anyone who remembers the activism against Texada Land Corporation on behalf of the trees will remember that there was probably ‘no rock left unturned’ when it came to working against the corporation’s attempt to clearcut a tenth of the island’s trees.

People stepped up and utilized the special skills that they had.

‘Whistle blowing’ was one of these.

Gulf Islands Driftwood

February 9, 2000

Texada players tangled in legal chase

by Tanya Lester

If legal paper contributes to the financial health of B.C. logging, then it appears Texada Land Corporation (TLC) owners and senior staff are doing their part to buoy up the industry.

Former investigative research analyst Adrian du Plessis has produced a briefcase of court documents linking Texada director Derek Trethewey to a total of at least $270,000 of debts owing to Desert Palace, Inc. (doing business as Caesar’s Palace) and private individuals, one of whom is pursuing the matter in court in Vancouver on Thursday.

Paperwork on dealings between Nelson Skalbania and a Vancouver development that Texada director Rob Macdonald was involved with in the mid-’90s, plus a host of other documents, were brought to the Driftwood by du Plessis on Monday.

A November 18, 1998 B.C. Supreme Court default judgment ordering Trethewey to pay a $69,986.50 (Cdn) debt plus interest and costs to Caesar’s Palace, a Las Vegas gambling casino, is among the documents.

Caesar’s Palace lawyer James H. Goulden told the Driftwood Tuesday that the debt has not been repaid.

A garnishing court order to a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch in New Westminister found no money in Trethewey’s account, according to a letter signed by RBC business services branch manager Wendy Gehiere and dated April 26, 1999.

“In June 1999 we conducted an examination of Mr. Trethewey to find out if he could pay the judgement and he said he had no significant debtswell in excess of any assets,” said Goulden.

Trethewey described the Caesar Palace debt as a “general misunderstanding.” He said a Lake Tahoe friend told him the debt had been written off.

“I was their guest at Christmas this year,” said Trethewey Monday. “They flew me down. I had a great time.”

Jeff Davis, spokesman for Caesar’s Palace company owner Park Place Entertainment, would say little about the matter.

“We don’t discuss ongoing litigation or any kind of litigation concerning customer information,” Davis said.

But Goulden said his law firm is proceeding to collect the debt from Trethewey. “I’m instructed by Caesar’s Palace that the debt has not been forgiven and that we are to proceed to collect.”

Another unpaid debt incurred by Trethewey and going before a Vancouver court tomorrow (Thursday) concerns a personal loan with a share option of $80,000.

California business people Leo Moore and Patricia Murray lent Trethewey the money for his purchase of Carrington Estates in Abbotsford, B.C. where the Trethewey family originates.

Moore said he is taking Trethewey to court because he is frustrated with Trethewey’s “stalling tactics,” which have included changing attorneys several times.

Moore said Trethewey recently offered him “20 cents on the dollar” on a debt that is now $110,000, including interest.

“Trethewey sold it (Carrington Estates) and never came across with any money, and ignored my demands for payment of loan,” said Moore.

He also said two Vancouver residents named Robert Stoces and Dr. Martin Glebe contributed $80,000 in loan money for the Carrington property.

Trethewey confirmed that Stoces and Glebe contributed $80,000 in loan money for the Carrington property.

Trethewey confirmed that Stoces and Glebe did provide loan money and said they are his friends.

“The market just turned and we (had to) take our hits,” he said.

Trethewey said Moore decided to take him to court since it is in the legal arena he would not discuss it further.

According to du Plessis, there are several other legal matters connected wth Trethewey, his brother Regan, Macdonald and Macdonald Development Ltd., project manager Jerry Bordian. They include the connection between Macdonald and Nelson Skalbania.

Du Plessis first mentioned this link at the public microphone during the meeting of concerned islanders against clear-cutting on Salt Spring last Thursday.

He explained to the Driftwood that Macdonald was vendor and Skalbania was a proposed buyer “in a highly controversial real estate deal in Vancouver” involving a property called Arbutus Gardens. (He confirmed, as did Macdonald, that Skalbania and Macdonald were never “partners.”)

Du Plessis was co-winner of a 1999 National Newspaper Award in the business category for a series of Vancouver Sun articles written about a Russian mafia-backed deal involving YBM Magnex International.

When asked why he decided to go public with the Texada information, Du Plessis said, “If you know your neighbor, you understand who they are…you can take it with a grain of salt or a pitcher of salt…

“Knowing who you’re negotiating with is fundamental.”

While the paper chase continues, Du Plessis encourages those interested in this issue to contact his website for ongoing information in lieu of phoning him. It is under “The TeX Files”…..


Tanya now works as a psychic. She is also a reiki master and a fulltime house sitter. For more on her, go to her website at teareading.wordpress.com or to her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. You can also email her at tealeaf.56@gmail.com or text or call her at 250-538-0086.


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