Government of NWT Lawsuit Finally to be Heard in Court

Yellowknife Courthouse
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After nearly 18 years since the government of the Northwest Territories first made a $13 million claim against an engineering an architecture firm, the case may finally be heard.

The defendants tried to have the case dismissed saying it’s taking too long to go to trial, but the NWT Supreme Court dismissed the motion.

The territorial government is suing Ferguson Simek Clark Engineers and Architects, a former Yellowknife firm, following a 1997 fire that completely destroyed a school under construction in Nunavut, when it was a part of the NWT.

The firm is accused of failing to install adequate fire protection in the school as part of contracted renovations.

As of January, with interest charges the claim had grown to almost $25 million.

Supreme Court Justice Louise Charbonneau dismissed the firm, saying they were to blame for the long delays.

The case is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 6 in Yellowknife. Three weeks of courtroom time have been set aside for it.

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