A lawsuit against New Tecumseth by a former employee has been abandoned.
Angela Drainville, who was terminated by the Town on Oct. 12, 2012, six
months after accepting a newly created mid-level management position in
the parks and recreation department, launched legal action the
following month, alleging, abuse of process, intentional interference
with economic relations, inducing breach of contract, bad faith, breach
of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
"I would have liked to have seen it through, but in the end I don't
have the time or financial resources to continue," Ms. Drainville told
Free Press Online via email last night. "I know it probably sounds like
bs, but you know I'm a socialist-type and in the end I realize that
even if I won a large settlement it would have been at the expense of
the ratepayers, which is something I don't agree with fundamentally.
New Tecumseth needs an indoor pool and a skate park and transit for
seniors. I don't want to be the Paul that Peter was robbed for."
Prior to her stint with New Tecumseth, she had been executive director
of the Gibson Centre. Ms. Drainville has since moved back to her home
town in northern Ontario, where she was "about to launch programs for
children and youth in the arts and sciences which are going to be
really great for my kids, and the children and youth of this community.
The municipality here is great to work with and have been supportive
all through the planning process so it has been very positive."
While the action never made it to the discovery process, lawyers for
both sides, Colleen Butler of Feehely, Gastaldi, and Switzer,
representing the Town, and Kevin Kemp for the plaintiff, did take part
in a motions hearing last May where Ms. Butler told the justice a
speedy trial was preferred, because "We don't want this dominating the
"Anyway," concluded Ms. Drainville, "I wish everyone the best and miss
the community of New Tec very much, but when she dismissed me,
(Director of Human Resources) Hilary McCormack told me that it was for
the best, and even though I'm pretty sure it was a line, in the end she