Tenants of Saskatoon’s Milroy Apartments asked Justice Mona Dovell to overturn the City of Saskatoon’s decision to approve an application to convert the apartments to condos on Tuesday.
Andrew Mason, the lawyer representing the group of tenants who are opposing the decision argued that city council either misinterpreted the provincial legislation that governs condominium conversions, or ignored it.
Bill Davern, legal council for the City of Saskatoon maintained that council has jurisdiction to make the decision without interference from the courts, that they “fairly considered” all factors which the law requires them to consider, and that the decision to grant the application was “not unreasonable.”
Davern told Justice Dovell that 21 additional applications for conversion projects are waiting for approval and that if she decides that the courts should have the final say in this instance that it would open the door to future actions.
“I don’t know whether the court, with all due respect, is properly equipped to do that.”
Justice Dovell reserved her decision and promised to deliver a judgment as soon as possible.
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