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11-20-2011, 11:05 PM
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Legal opinion challenges Abbotsford's agreement with Heat

It seems that there is an element in Abbotsford that is trying to overturn the agreement between the city and the team.

Abbotsford council hopeful Vince Dimanno released a legal letter of opinion Thursday stating the deal between the Abbotsford Heat AHL team and the city is illegal.

Andrew Rebane, the attorney from Yearwood & Company who reviewed the contract, said the city should have brought the issue up with citizens through a referendum before signing into an agreement.

"It's our view that the City of Abbotsford did not have the power to enter into that contract because they failed to put the contract to the electors for approval," Rebane told the Abbotsford-Mission Times.

In addition to the legal review, more figures about the subsidy to the team were thrown out. One camp says that the team got $700k the first year and $1.4 million the next. The other side came back with $451k and $1.3 million.

Interesting to see some of the locals challenging the deal. Don't know if this will gain traction or not. It is only legal opinion at this point.

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