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RAPTORS BITOVE FAMILY FACES SUIT FROM CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
Published April 24, 1995
Raptors President John Bitove Jr. could "take the stand" as early as today in a C$21.5M lawsuit by the federal government against his father's company (David Israelson TORONTO STAR, 4/24). John Bitove, Sr., who owns Bitove Corp., a food service firm with interest in the Raptors, is being sued by the Canadian government for over C$21M in back rent from food outlets at Toronto's Pearson Int'l Airport. Reports claim Bitove used his "political ties" in 1988 to have former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney "intervene" in a deal with the Government regarding his Pearson's food franchises. Terms of a lease for the franchise "included a rent formula that has allowed his company to pay no rent in the last three years." John Bitove Jr. helped negotiate the lease (Paul Waldie, FINANCIAL POST, 4/22). STADIUM CONTROVERSY: The Raptors "should hear" today whether their plan for a C$120M-plus arena can more forward through the city's planning process. The team has "run into a wall of opposition" from the city's land-use committee (David Israelson, TORONTO STAR, 4/24).