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Esther's sues Winter Games for allegedly unpaid bills

Esther's Inn Ltd. is suing the Prince George Canada Winter Games Host Society for almost $78,000 in allegedly unpaid bills. The inn said the host society breached a contract it signed more than a year before the competition came to Prince George.
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This file photo shows the opening ceremony of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Esther's Inn Ltd. is suing the Prince George Canada Winter Games Host Society for almost $78,000 in unpaid bills.

Esther's Inn Ltd. is suing the Prince George Canada Winter Games Host Society for almost $78,000 in allegedly unpaid bills.

The inn said the host society breached a contract it signed more than a year before the competition came to Prince George.

The claim, filed Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court, said the two signed an Accommodation Rental Agreement in January 2014, which outlined a deposit and payment schedule as well as a cancellation policy.

It said any rooms cancelled after Dec. 1, 2014 would have no refund for the "projected lost revenue."

The claim said the host society paid two of five invoices in full, for the breakfast buffet and lounge usage for 121 people over 19 days as well as rooms for additional delegates and referees.

The Host Society has paid $198,720 of its $283,841 bill, the documents show. The bulk of the amount owing is connected to the Host Society's reservation of 93 rooms for 19 days, which came to just over $240,500.

"Despite multiple demands .... (the Host Society) has failed and/or refuses to pay the amount owing to the plaintiff by March 15, 2015," the Esther's claim said.

The suit was filed a day after the Host Society officially dissolved as an organization. On Monday, former chair Anthony Everett appeared before city council to announce the organization would sign its final papers Tuesday. Everett also announced the host society would transfer of $600,000 to the Northern BC Community Sport Development Society.

The allegations haven't been proven in court.

The Inn said it's seeking a judgment, general damages and special damages for the breach of contract.