TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - An historic settlement was finally
reached early this morning, as proceedings were set to begin, between
lawyers for the Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) survivors and the
Province of Ontario. The institutional survivors of the HRC will
finally receive the justice they have been demanding from the Ontario
government for years.
Preliminary details of the settlement, subject to court approval, are:
An apology to all former residents of Huronia from the Province of
$35,000,000 Settlement Fund;
The Province will pay for the cost of notice to the class and
administration of the claims process;
The compensation awards will not be subject to tax or government
The application process is paper based and does not require former
residents to testify;
The documents produced in this case will be accessible for scholarly
Commemorative Initiatives including:
a commemorative plaque on the grounds of Huronia;
opportunity to access the grounds of Huronia;
proper maintenance of the cemetery at Huronia and registry of those
opportunity for scholars to attend and archive artifacts from Huronia.
Importantly, the government will issue a formal apology to all former
residents of HRC. This is a key settlement term, and one that the
survivors and their legal representatives had insisted upon. As the
historic settlement was reached, Huronia survivor Patricia Seth said:
"I'm so relieved. Now everyone will know I wasn't lying about how they
treated me in that place. I'm glad they're going to apologize."
Koskie Minsky lawyers fought to ensure that survivors will be able to
access the settlement fund without having to testify about the abuse
they suffered while in the government's care at HRC. Settlement money
will not be taxed or subject to clawbacks of any kind. Kirk Baert, lead
counsel to the plaintiffs said: "We couldn't be happier. These
survivors have been through enough. We needed to make sure they got the
compensation they deserved."
The plaintiffs expressed satisfaction that the government has agreed to
commemorative actions such as a plaque on the grounds of HRC and making
the case documents accessible for scholarly research.
SOURCE: Koskie Minsky LLP
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