Can a letter from May 31, 1999 be used as evidence in a civil case?

Alberta, Canada

The following excerpt is from Sztuczka v. Knebel, 2012 ABQB 72 (CanLII):

In Davidoff v. Alberta, 2004 ABQB 181, the plaintiff’s counsel wrote a letter dated May 31, 1999 to the Chief of Police, setting out wrongful police and prosecutorial misconduct and requesting an investigation. Burrows J. held that a comparison of the allegations made in the statement of claim filed on August 21, 2001 to this letter demonstrated that the plaintiff had acquired knowledge of the material facts giving rise to the causes of action by May 31, 1999 at the latest.

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