AMJC Counters Claims Against Baitun Nur Mosque

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Recently, there has been some news in the media
about a dispute with Ellis Don Construction Services Inc. regarding final
payment for the construction of Baitun Nur Mosque, Calgary.
    The fact of the matter is that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada (AMJC)
was advised by their lawyers that, under the laws of Alberta, not to make any
further payments to Ellis Don, as the General Contractor/Construction Manager,
due to a builders' lien placed by a sub-contractor whose work on the Dome was
sub-standard and had earlier been rejected by the supervising Architect and
also rejected by the General Contractor.
    According to Alberta Builders' Lien Act, all payments for work on the
project are stopped until a resolution to the disputed item is reached. We are
following the law as instructed by our legal team.
    AMJC has also raised serious questions about billing from Ellis Don, and
also about the back up invoicing from some of the sub-trades. We have
questioned whether an overall lack of supervision, proper care and due
diligence by Ellis Don was present.
    These and other concerns have been brought to the attention to of the
General Contractor/Construction Manager. Also, there are serious deficiencies,
such as the Dome, and the Mechanical air handling system still in need of
correction, and that has caused delays in payments to those parties as we
insist that all work should be proper, and all errors corrected, before
    While AMJC is trying to resolve these deficiencies for the best operation
of the building, our finance and legal teams are working diligently to resolve
other difficulties. As soon as a resolution to each of the disputes is
reached, we will pay any amounts justifiably due to the General Contractor,
and for their payment on to the various trades.
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada categorically rejects Ellis Don's
allegation that its representative had ever tried to entice any sub-contractor
to reduce invoices for the Mosque project, while charging Ellis Don more on
some other projects. These allegations are baseless, false and will be
defended in the court of law.
    AMJC believes it has the right and responsibility to protect the interest
of its members and to ensure that their donation dollars are spent properly
and in a justifiable manner.

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For further information: Any questions or inquiries should be referred
to our legal counsel, Mr. Norman D. Anderson at (403) 299-9670, or email at

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