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Coun. Dogar asking RMWB council for $10,000 to help defence in lawsuit

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Councillor Shafiq Dogar is asking council for $10,000 to help his defence in an upcoming lawsuit. The cash will come from the municipality’s Rising Points Reserve if council approves the movement.

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Dogar is being sued for as much as $300,000 by Sultan Zamman of Sultan Administration Group. Zamman can also be suing Zulkifl Mujahid, who was eliminated because the UCP candidate for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo final week, for a similar quantity.

Zamman filed the lawsuit within the Court docket of King’s Bench of Alberta on Feb. 8. He alleges a land deal between himself and the municipality was referred to as corrupt by Dogar. Dogar denies these allegations in a press release of defence filed on March 8. The allegations haven’t been confirmed in courtroom.

“Authorized Companies has decided that the councillor has insurance coverage protection for a authorized defence, however not for damages,” reads a movement that council will debate at their Might 9 assembly. “There’s a deductible of $10,000. We’ve been suggested that, because the municipality is the holder of the coverage, it’s probably that we might be discovered to be liable underneath the coverage by a courtroom.”

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Lawsuit over feedback made at January assembly

Zamman purchased the previous A&W restaurant on the nook of Franklin Avenue and Morrison Avenue, in addition to the adjoining constructing that housed the Arctic Winter Video games host committee, for $935,000 at a December assembly. SMG desires to construct a medical clinic.

The land was expropriated in 2013 at almost $8.1 million to make manner for an enviornment undertaking that was cancelled in 2015. Presenters informed council it’s unlikely the RMWB will ever see that cash once more since land costs regionally have plummeted since 2013.

There’s additionally a scarcity of appropriate house for medical doctors and medical specialists in Fort McMurray. Council accepted the sale unanimously. Dogar was on trip and didn’t attend the assembly.

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After a Jan. 24 assembly, Dogar informed council he wished the sale investigated and “sure procedures of the MGA had been additionally not adhered to.” He was additionally upset the land was offered at a loss.

“Would it not be doable to reopen it and talk about why a lot loss was born? What are the explanations? The explanations which I come to know, they don’t seem to be very convincing to me,” stated Dogar.

Mayor Sandy Bowman interrupted Dogar and stated the assembly was over. Bowman informed Dogar to current a movement at a future council assembly if he wished to pursue the matter.

Work crews demolish the old A&W restaurant on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Morrison Street in downtown Fort McMurray on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Work crews demolish the outdated A&W restaurant on the nook of Franklin Avenue and Morrison Avenue in downtown Fort McMurray on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community jpg, FM

Dogar is accused of claiming the RMWB didn’t comply with protocols and that Zamman gained the contract due to political favours from council. The lawsuit alleges Dogar has additionally stated SMG is “not a good firm” and that Zamman “doesn’t have interaction with the Pakistani group, particularly, by not contributing to the native mosque.”

Zamman is demanding $250,000 in damages and as much as $50,000 in particular damages.

Dogar’s defence assertion denies Zamman’s claims and says his issues on the Jan. 24 assembly are shared by different individuals locally. Dogar’s assertion additionally rejects claims that Zamman’s popularity has been harmed.

“The defendant talked about that the residents of the RMWB referred to as him and raised issues in regards to the movement and the monetary lack of $7 million; it might have brought on to the RMWB. The defendant wished to know if the RMWB council might talk about about it,” says Dogar’s assertion.

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