The ongoing court battle between a handful of female members at Marine Drive GC in Vancouver and the club over a men only lounge has ended with the Supreme Court dismissing the appeal of the women who had challenged the club. This has been one of the most discussed issues I’ve ever posted on. You can find an earlier posting here.
This comes from a note sent to me from Marine Drive:
Legal action ends in Marine Drive’s favour
Marine Drive Golf Club has prevailed in the Supreme Court of Canada over the
issue of whether the club is a truly private club.
The Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed the appeal of 36 female members and
guests who filed a human rights discrimination complaint against the club in
2004 because they were denied service in the Men’s Lounge.
The B.C. Supreme Court and the B.C. Court of Appeal had earlier upheld the
club’s position in separate judgments. The Supreme Court of Canada decision
today brings an end to the legal action.
The Board of Directors very much appreciates the support of the vast majority of
the club’s members on this matter. We have believed throughout that our position
would be upheld and that the principle involved was vital to protect.
As a private club, Marine Drive can now continue to determine for itself the
best ways to look after the needs of our members, as we have done since being
established in 1922.
I truly hope the end of these acrimonious and costly legal proceedings will
present an opportunity for our club to heal itself and restore an atmosphere of
civility, respect and decorum. I would appeal to all members to work toward that goal, for the betterment of the club we all love.