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Companies seek pay for goods, services to pot farm

Country Blaze, located at 2448 Barnhartvale Rd., is alleged to owe $98,279.47 to Delta Irrigation and $23,015 to Gallant Trucking. The claims have not been proven in court.

Two companies are suing a company owned by Ryan Scorgie, a Kamloops lawyer, Thompson Rivers University professor, director of the BC and Canadian Cattlemen’s associations and former president of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.

The statements of claim filed in court alleged Country Blaze owes the companies tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services provided to a local cannabis farm.

Country Blaze, located at 2448 Barnhartvale Rd., is owned by Scorgie and husband Percy Folkard. Country Blaze allegedly owes Delta Irrigation $98,279.47 for irrigation equipment and Gallant Trucking $23,015 for water trucked to the farm. 

“I just want my money back,” Gallant Trucking owner Steve Smith told KTW. “I just want to be paid.”

“I want him stopped,” Delta Irrigation owner Jim Dobrovolny said. “That’s what I want.”

A notice of claim filed by Gallant Trucking on Sept. 14, 2021 in small claims court in Kamloops alleged: “After attempting to collect monies owed, we were told the crop was lost due to frost and they had no money to pay outstanding invoices. No attempt to pay has been made. Ryan Scorgie has been contacted multiple times with no resolution.”

Smith said Gallant Trucking trucked water to the farm in the summer of 2020 before the land was irrigated. Smith’s son, Joel Smith, said he dropped off invoices until one day the gate was locked and no one answered his calls.

Delta Irrigation owner Jim Dobrovolny said his company, which sells and services water and irrigation products, is still waiting to be paid for irrigation equipment. The company filed a notice of civil claim last fall in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. 

According to the claim, Country Blaze owed Delta a liquidated sum of $98,279.47.

A pre-judgment garnishment order, which provides repayment through a third party, was obtained. Nation’s Cannabis Holdings Limited in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, was ordered to pay money, if owing, directly to the court. Dobrovolny is still waiting for his money.

“I’ve come to the conclusion I’m probably not going to collect this money, but he continues to renege on his bill and he continues to have this illusion that he’s going to make millions of dollars off the pot industry,” Dobrovolny said. “He just needs to stop. Sell the property, pay your bills off and just go away.”

A response to civil claim, filed on Oct. 24, 2021, by Country Blaze, argues the amount owed to Delta Irrigation is less than claimed — $87,681.92 — and also claims Delta Irrigation designed an irrigation system that did not provide sufficient PSI. Country Blaze said it paid $37,840.44 to have the system installed and then had to pay another $36,129.29 to have it re-installed. Country Blaze chalked it up to a “design error” by Delta Irrigation, the documents state, and a counterclaim was submitted, seeking cost of the first system. Dobrovolny, however, denied validity of the counterclaim.

“Never has there been an issue until this point,” he said.

The legal matter has not been resolved, according to Dobrovolny’s lawyer. 

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

KTW reached out to Scorgie for comment. 

“I don’t really want to have a story written about disputes that we’re having with businesses in town,” he said.

“We are in a dispute about what we owe them based on the work that was performed by them and I will sort it out with them when we go through the legal process.”

— this story was updated on Jan. 19 at 12:14 p.m. to clarify that a "pre-judgement" garnishment order was obtained, not a "garnishment order."