Court to determine whether action against province by former residents of the
Huronia Regional Centre to proceed as a class action

TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - On March 2, 2010 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will begin hearing arguments in Seth, Slark, Dolmage et al v Huronia Regional Centre et al to determine whether the court will certify, as a class proceeding, an action against the Province of Ontario relating to alleged abuses suffered by former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre ("Huronia"), a government institution in Orillia, Ontario, for persons labeled with developmental and other disabilities.

Since its inception in 1876 until its recent closure in March 2009, the Province operated Huronia as a residential facility. It is alleged that the residents of Huronia were emotionally, physically, and psychologically abused and traumatized by their experiences at Huronia and that the Province breached their fiduciary, statutory and common law duties to those former residents through the establishment, operation, and supervision of Huronia. Specifically, it is alleged that the Province's failure to care for and protect those former residents resulted in loss or injury, including psychological trauma, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and exacerbation of (existing) disabilities.

The representative plaintiffs and their litigation guardians commenced this action in April 2009 seeking to represent all former residents of Huronia and their families. For three days starting March 2, 2010, the Honourable Mr. Justice Maurice Cullity of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will hear arguments as to whether this action should be certified as a class proceeding. The hearing is expected to take place at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Courtroom No. 4.

Koskie Minsky LLP represents the plaintiffs in this action.

SOURCE Koskie Minsky LLP

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