Manitoba First Nation Sues Ottawa over Mouldy Homes

WebPosted Tue Nov 16 19:16:18 2004

WINNIPEG---The Dakota Plains First Nation of southern Manitoba is suing the federal government in a claim that states every home and building on its reserve is contaminated with toxic mould.

The lawsuit cites chronic health problems with the possibility of fatal consequences for children and the elderly.

Chief Orville Smoke says a doctor has ordered two families to leave. "I think the lawsuit will bring attention to something that has been ongoing," said Chief Smoke. The band says Ottawa has known about the contamination for years but has done nothing to address the problem.

Smoke is seeking compensation or new construction.

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