Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment's top accountant returned to B.C. Supreme Court yesterday as more information came to light about thorny negotiations with Vancouver's Olympic organization.
Murray Clemens, lawyer for jilted Vancouver Canucks and General Motors Place suitors Tom Gaglardi and Ryan Beedie, claimed the arena's parent and VANOC disagreed over ticket surcharges and tenant obligations.
Orca Bay chief operating officer Victor de Bonis agreed there was no contract while negotiations continued with Gaglardi and Beedie into the fall of 2004. However, de Bonis testified, "from Orca Bay's perspective, these matters were resolved" after an e-mail exchange with VANOC executive vice-president of service operations and ceremonies Terry Wright.
De Bonis said in court Monday that he "didn't know" if arbitration or a threatened lawsuit caused VANOC to finally pay almost $19 million for unspecified arena improvements in late June. It's paying another $4 million to rent the building for 2010's hockey tournament.
Clemens also challenged de Bonis on his memory of an Oct. 15, 2004, dinner with Gaglardi. De Bonis admitted consuming "four or five drinks" over five hours before driving home.
Canucks general manager Dave Nonis appears in court today.