Canefield Urban Council members at loggerheads

Chairman of the Canefield Urban Council Simeon Albert said he has won the first round of a court battle with a former employee, a resident of Canefield and a past member of the council.

Albert said he pursued that matter in court to clear his name for allegations of theft.

Sometime last year, three individuals came before a meeting of the council and accused me of committing theft. I sent a letter to them indicating that they should apologize within seven days or I will take them to court. They did not and so I took them before the court. We met last month where the court awarded me judgment against the first and third defendant, in that they had not filed their defense. In terms of the second defendant, his lawyer has requested that we move to mediation for settlement,” he explained.

Albert said he is pleased to know that judgment has been awarded against at least two individuals and another has agreed to settle.

“I think it’s a good day for me as chairman of the council because for nine years I have been serving the people of Canefield and for someone to accuse me or any council of committing an offense they must make up their mind that they should have their evidence,” he said.

Michael Copiel- one of the defendants- said the information given by Albert is incorrect, and the matter has not been rectified, since the day of the mediation meeting the defense lawyer was unable to attend.

“I do not know if the chairman of the council is unaware of what is actually happening. A meeting was held in the community on the matter of which Albert was present, along with me and other individuals. I asked questions about the financial affairs of the council to Albert and he sent a lawyer paper for me and two other members. That matter has never reached the court,” Coipel claimed.

“On June 15, 2010, the members went to mediation but only the lawyer for the claimant (Albert) was present because our lawyer could not make it. Hence the matter was pushed back to July 19, 2010. We all were present but our lawyers were at court again,” he stated.

Copiel said the court has not taken any decision on the matter.

“We were told that mediation is to rectify that problem. I don’t understand why the chairman would go publicly to give the impression that the court has taken a decision when we have not even spoken to mediation,” he added.

Copiel said Albert is on a mission to defame his character as he plans to contest the Canefield Urban Council elections.

“He knows that I am going to contest the council election in September and he is afraid. He knows that I am well loved by the people and I will defeat him at the polls so he is trying his best to tarnish my reputation,” he claimed.

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25 Comments

  1. papa
    July 23, 2010

    @stupes: oh plz

  2. javelin
    July 23, 2010

    @Truth if he signed a loan for someone wouldn’t both their names appear as was the case with many of the people on that list? I saw the list too and that is not true. He took the loan and I believe that is what calmed him down, because he would call talk shows every day to defend the government. Someone called in and said to him why are you defending government when you are drowining in debt your name is on the net, it’s on the radio and in the papers from several institutions. Simeon responded that his debt to the banks etc were private matters, the caller said no it isn’t since it is published. He hung up on Matt and never called in again.

    If Simeon had signed a loan for anyone who refused to pay, he would have made it clear that was the case. You need not do that. So are you going to say his home loan that he didn’t pay causing the bank to sieze the house is also someone elses’s. In Dominica we like to defend the indefensible too much.

    Clearly you are no fan of Coipel but don’t do that. Our people must stop believing that people running for office are making major sacrifices, yes they may want change, but they also want the props.

    @ISAYSO people are free to write which ever way they want, it’s not up to you to tell them what to do, unless they are correcting other people’s grammar and falling flat with theirs. If you can’t read it, then don’t bother. Some of you are too out of order on these blogs. Please stop with the slang ki sah, who the hell are you behind a computer to tell anyone how to express themself. Get a grip!

  3. stupes
    July 23, 2010

    @papa this court case has been filed since last year and is now coming to an end . FYI

  4. papa
    July 23, 2010

    @tim: why he didn’t do that last year HIS WORDS WERE apologize within seven days or I will take them to court….come on he didn’t take them to court why wait until all this time to take them to court is must be something that went down he brought it back up again if i know him too good

  5. ISAYSO
    July 23, 2010

    I love reading the comments and I believe people have to express themselves especially when issues are directly affecting them, however, please write in proper English. I am still not able to decipher what some of you want to say. Also, please stop with the slang!!!!

  6. TRUTH
    July 23, 2010

    IS COIPEL BROTHER HE SIGN THE LOAN FOR AT NDF, HELP SIMEON WAS HELPING COIPEL BROTHER NOW HE HAVE TO PAY FOR IT???? LET THEM PAY IS TALK COIPEL LIKE TO TALK LET HEM PAY FOR HES TOUNGUE……

  7. Kanawi
    July 22, 2010

    Money Simeon want I hope he pays NDF when Coipel pays him off. His name was right here on DNO for weeks probably still is if the article has not been deleted for bad debts. He damn well misuse the funds and council car .You so friend with Skerrit and bank seizing your house while you running politics is council you can manage effectively? Sue people Simeon but pay your debts it’s embarassing you on council asking for taxes when you haven’t paid your taxes for years, and just forget to pay the bank their mortgage. You have serious fiancial troubles, so using one to cover the other is not out of the realm.

    Coipel self needs to get a life, for a man he’s no better than Simeon always in some talala. None of you deserve to be councillors. Too much politics, but Simeon still have to answer some questions.

  8. da lover
    July 22, 2010

    do you really want to know why? he did not get the chance to male cow with him! lol

  9. dare
    July 22, 2010

    @glen Beck they are owing Domlec cause Canefield people like me don’t pay their tax .Under his watch he put alot of streetlights and can hardly pay Domlec for them. But then again he is a fool cause is Skerrit n Blackmore and dem he following and they are not helping him at d Council . foolish .Ask Blackmore or Skerrit wen las they pass Canefield

  10. hmmmm
    July 22, 2010

    @DosEquis:

    when he falls i hope you don’t fall with him too.

  11. Anonymous
    July 22, 2010

    @papa: YOU LIE THEY A FIXING THEE ROAD WHAT YOU WANT HIM TO DO

  12. Anonymous
    July 22, 2010

    @DosEquis: HE THINK IT HAVE A MONEY IN IT IS NOT COUNCIL MONEY THAT HAVE SIMON WHERE HE IS AND COPEL KNOW THAT.

  13. Glen Beck
    July 22, 2010

    ok people under his watch canefield has gone down we owing domlec and other companies…

  14. love of country
    July 22, 2010

    SIMM DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO THEY THING IS A MONEY YOU GETTING. WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS LIVE THEM IN THEIR GOOD TIME COPEL WILL KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS ALL HE WANT IS TO RIDE WITH HIS LEGS UP ON THEE COUNCIL TRUCK .TELL COP;EL YOU DONOT NEED COUNCIL MONEY .YOU PUT YOUR COMPANY IN LOSS FOR CANEFIELD PEOPLE GOD WILL SEE YOU BACK ON YOU FEET JAH BLESSI

  15. tim
    July 22, 2010

    @papa if u were the head of your community and you were publicly humiliated accused falsely wouldn’t you want to prove to the public that that what was said was untrue ??? Come on people too many times we say untrue things about people and get away with it . Its time we make examples out of some people .

  16. DosEquis
    July 22, 2010

    The bigger question is why are we discussing non-entities like Michael Coipel? No more comment on this thread. He is not deserving of the limited bandwidth that DNO has.

  17. papa
    July 22, 2010

    what happen Simeon Albert want money to fix up canefield as his time coming near to vote him out
    since last year that happen the man is bring that up….. so all that time he have it on his chest those shit must stop if u know u didnt do it why take them to court when God that Judge us…..To mr albert what you doing in canefield i leaving canefield for 25 years every week canefield use to be clean as ever now its like the worst village on the island…….the way i seeing it is party politics that happen there but when we saying taking dominica to a next level none of us never ask which level…thats why me a self in my own world

  18. DosEquis
    July 22, 2010

    @STAY TUNED: The PM will never Fall…I know that what uwp praying for. But he is protected from your evil doings

  19. STAY TUNED
    July 22, 2010

    @DosEquis: I hope is not you that really gets angry and bitter when the man allu worshiping there falls flat on his face….

  20. Truth
    July 22, 2010

    So y is Coipel saying that the matter has not reached the courts. Something fishy there, as my old fren would say.

  21. STAY TUNED
    July 22, 2010

    @hahaha: it is this denial that will send a lot of allu in shock for days when what is to come,,takes place….

  22. confused
    July 22, 2010

    Mister Albert please present proof to us on what you are saying

  23. hahaha
    July 22, 2010

    Come on people do u really think Albert would give a news report about dat if he was not certain ?? T

  24. Truth
    July 22, 2010

    CAN SOME PLEASE TELL THE TRUTH. THAT IS CONFUSING. wHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

  25. DosEquis
    July 22, 2010

    Why is Michael Coipel always so bitter and angry. What has gotten into this man?

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