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RMWB council approves $10,000 deductible for Councillor Shafiq Dogar's lawsuit defence

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Council has accredited $10,000 in help for Councillor Shafiq Dogar’s defence in an upcoming lawsuit. Councillors have insurance coverage protection for a authorized defence and the funds will cowl the deductible. Dogar is being sued for $300,000 and if he’s ordered to pay damages, the coverage is not going to cowl him.

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Municipal authorized counsel Caitlin Hanly says it isn’t frequent for a councillor to be sued however not the RMWB. The coverage doesn’t point out who covers the deductible when the RMWB shouldn’t be named, however it’s probably the municipality can be legally accountable.

The RMWB as an organization is roofed, in addition to the mayor, councillors, workers and volunteers if they’re sued whereas performing on behalf of the municipality. It doesn’t cowl non-public disputes.

Dogar is being sued for as much as $300,000 by Sultan Zamman of Sultan Administration Group for feedback he made at a January assembly. Zamman can be suing former UCP candidate Zulkifl Mujahid. A courtroom date has but to be scheduled.

Councillor Keith McGrath urged the remainder of council to help Dogar. McGrath argued earlier councils had been “fractured for a very long time” and rejecting this movement may harm any unity. Councillor Kendrick Cardinal shared McGrath’s arguments, calling Dogar “one in all ours.”

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Mayor Sandy Bowman stated his help was about honouring an present coverage, not camaraderie or taking a stand on a authorized matter. He requested if any councillors would suggest an modification to have Dogar repay the $10,000 sooner or later, however none did.

The vote handed unanimously. Dogar excused himself from the dialogue and vote. Councillor Funky Banjoko is on go away whereas she runs as an impartial candidate within the Might 29 provincial election. Councillor Loretta Waquan was absent.

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Work crews demolish the outdated A&W restaurant on the nook of Franklin Avenue and Morrison Road in downtown Fort McMurray on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.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

Lawsuit over feedback made at January assembly

The lawsuit is said to Zamman’s $935,000 buy of the previous A&W restaurant on the nook of Franklin Avenue and Morrison Road, and an adjoining constructing. SMG needs to construct a medical clinic.

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The land was expropriated in 2013 at almost $8.1 million to make approach for an enviornment that was cancelled in 2015. Presenters advised council in December it’s unlikely the RMWB will see that cash once more since land costs have plummeted in comparison with 2013 costs.

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

“Wouldn’t it be potential to reopen it and focus on 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.

Bowman advised Dogar to current a movement at a future council assembly if he needed to pursue the matter.

Dogar is accused of claiming the RMWB ignored protocols and that Zamman received the contract due to political favours from council. He denies the claims.

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