Chantale Cyr: attorneys’ fees have not increased since the end of the trial
The lawyer fees incurred to date in the Chantale Cyr case have not increased since the end of the trial, still standing at some $ 600,000 for the Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay, according to the information obtained by Le Progrès. This amount does not include the defense costs of the former director general who won the case before the Administrative Labor Tribunal following a complaint of harassment and illegal dismissal.
L e Progrès had filed an access to information request on November 22, and details were sent on Friday afternoon. In October, the costs were estimated, following the trial, more than $ 600,000 for the school board.
According to the document provided by the organization on Friday, the total of $ 611,797.52 includes taxes, but as a public body, it benefits from a 68% GST and 47% QST refund.
At the end of October, in a document obtained by Radio-Canada, we learned that Chantale Cyr was asking for $ 700,000 in moral and punitive damages, in addition to the reimbursement of the expenses of her lawyers, an amount of $ 269,000.
Recall that on November 27, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge, had imposed a series of measures on the Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay with the adoption of a ministerial decision .
He required the production and transmission of documents by December 20, January 20 and February 20. This means that the school board had until Friday to draw up a complete portrait of the expenses generated, per year, by legal proceedings, including the list of contracts and disputes. A first report had also been adopted on December 10 by the commissioners. The reports will also have to deal with the application of the anti-harassment policy, a sound governance plan or even financial recovery.
As for the settlement between Ms. Cyr and the Rives-du-Saguenay School Board, counsel for the former director general, Me Éric Le Bel, confirms that there is still no agreement between the two parties .