UPDATE: Court grants application that tosses out parking fees case

Published on February 15, 2013
Tom Badcock is pictured this morning addressing reporters in St. John's. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Newfoundland Supreme Court has put the parking brake on Tom Baddock's drive to get an injunction preventing him from being ticketed at parking lots of Eastern Health hospitals.

Newfoundland Supreme Court today granted an application by Eastern Health to dismiss Badcock’s application for an injunction to prevent him from getting any more parking tickets at Eastern Health facilities.

The ruling was made this afternoon.

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(Earlier story)

A Newfoundland Supreme Court justice will rule this afternoon whether to accept an application by Eastern Health to dismiss Tom Badcock’s application for an injunction to prevent him from getting any more parking tickets at Eastern Health hospitals.

Arguments were held in court this morning.

Badcock claims that parking fees at hospitals are a violation of the Canada Health Act, since he says they effectively mean that people have to pay to see a doctor.

A cancer survivor, Badcock has been involved in a protracted battle over parking fees he's had to pay at the Health Sciences Centre where he went for treatment.

Eastern Health is arguing abuse of process, that the court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to delve into Badcock’s application, and that it is a matter for the political arena.

Justice Donald Burrage is expected to make his ruling this afternoon.

Bascock told reporters outside the courtroom, he's hoping the judge will rule in his favour, but he's not totally confident.

Whatever the outcome, Badcock maintains it's still not morally or legally right for the health authority to charge people to park at hospitals. "It's stressful on them, medically stressful, financially stressful," he said.

Badcock said he can afford the parking fees, but there are many people who can't.

"The board of directors go on trips two or three times a year to warm climes, paid for by the health-care dollar and yet they can't put a system in place to help poor people pay for their parking," Badcock said.