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N.W.T. court overturns decision ordering French school expansions

Two 2012 court decisions ordering the N.W.T. government to expand francophone schools in Yellowknife and Hay River were overturned Friday following successful appeals.

2012 decision ordered N.W.T. to expand number of classrooms for francophone students

Two 2012 court decisions ordering the N.W.T. government to expand francophone schools in Yellowknife and Hay River were overturned Friday following successful appeals.

A view of École Allain St-Cyr in Yellowknife. The N.W.T. Court of Appeal has overturned two 2012 court decisions ordering the N.W.T. government to expand francophone schools in Yellowknife and Hay River.

The Attorney General and Commissioner of the Northwest Territories had appealed the 2012 decisions that ordered the territorial government to expand the number of classrooms available to francophone students.

The original court orders led to numerous measures being proposed, including school swaps between both cities' English and French school boards.

In the case of Hay River's École​ Boréale, the appeal court ruled the original judge, Justice Louise Charbonneau, was wrong when she ruled the number of francophone students in the town warranted more classroom space.

In the case of Yellowknife's École​ Allain St-Cyr, it was determined that the judge ordered facilities that were desirable, but not necessary. 

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