Did you live somewhere on the list below?

Did you live somewhere on the list below?

There is a lawsuit about these places. If you lived somewhere on the list, check the dates beside the name of the place where you lived.  If you lived there between those dates, then you may be part of the lawsuit.

  • St. Lawrence Regional Centre in Brockville between April 1, 1975 and June 30, 1983

  • D’Arcy Place in Cobourg between September 1, 1963 and December 31, 1996

  • Adult Occupational Centre in Edgar between January 1, 1966 and March 31, 1999

  • Pine Ridge in Aurora between September 1, 1963 and August 31, 1984

  • Muskoka Centre in Gravenhurst between August 28, 1973 and June 30, 1993

  • Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1996 or in the “Mental Retardation Unit” or “MR Unit” of the Oxford Mental Health Centre between January 1, 1969 and March 31, 1974

  • Midwestern Regional Centre in Palmerston between September 1, 1963 and March 31, 1998

  • L.S. Penrose Centre in Kingston between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1977

  • Bluewater Centre in Goderich between April 1, 1976 and December 20, 1983

  • Durham Centre for Developmentally Handicapped in Whitby between April 1, 1974 and September 28, 1986

  • Prince Edward Heights in Picton between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1999

  • Northwestern Regional Centre in Thunder Bay between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1994

What is the lawsuit about?

Many people labeled with intellectual disabilities were harmed or hurt at places on the list. One of those people started this lawsuit for everyone who lived at these places.
 
The government of Ontario was in charge of all the places on the list. The lawsuit says the government did not protect people who lived at these places.  
 
Koskie Minsky LLP is a law firm in Toronto. Lawyers at this firm are working on the lawsuit for people who lived at these places. 
 
The lawyers have talked to the government. They made an agreement to end the lawsuit without a trial. The agreement is called a settlement.
 
But the lawsuit is not over. Next, the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto needs to decide if the settlement is fair and reasonable. On April 25, 2016, the lawyers will ask the Court to make this decision.
 

What does the settlement say? 

The settlement says:

  • The government must hold 35.9 million dollars for people who lived at these places.  If you are part of the lawsuit, you could get up to $2000 if you were harmed or hurt at a place on the list. You could get up to $42,000 if you write how you were harmed or hurt.

  • There will be a form to ask for this money. You will need to fill in the form and send it to a claims office. The claims office decides if you get money.

  • This money will not change any social assistance or developmental services and supports that you get from the government of Ontario.

  • The settlement money also pays the lawyers.  The lawyers at Koskie Minsky are asking for 3.7 million dollars from the settlement for their work on this lawsuit.

  • There may be money left over after everyone is paid. That money will go back to the government. 

  • The settlement does not say that the government broke the law or did anything wrong.   The Court will not make a decision about that.

These are just the main points. There is more information in the settlement. You can get a copy from www.schedule1facilities.ca
 

What if I do not agree with the settlement? 

You can send a letter to the Court.  Your letter should explain why the settlement is not fair.  

Write your name, address and telephone number and the name of the settlement in your letter. The name is Schedule 1 Class Action Settlement, Court File No. CV-14-50642300CP

Send your letter to: 
Schedule 1 Settlement
3-505, 133 Weber Street North 
Waterloo, Ontario 
N2J 3G9 

The Post Office must stamp your letter by April 4, 2016. Keep a copy of the letter and write down the date you put it in the mail. Keep that date with your copy.

If you want to talk to the Judge, you should write that in your letter, too.  Then go to the Court on April 25, 2016.  Check that this date does not change.

To get the Court’s address and check the date and time:
Phone 1-866-442-4465
TTY 1-877-627-7027 
Visit www.schedule1facilities.ca
You can be part of the lawsuit even if you tell the Court that you are against the settlement.
 

How can I get out of the lawsuit?

You can get out of the lawsuit by signing and sending a letter or form. This is called opting out.  If you opt out of the lawsuit, then you will not get any money from the lawsuit or settlement. 

You can find the form at http://www.schedule1facilities.ca/.  The name of the form is Opt Out Coupon

Please read the Opt Out Coupon carefully or ask for help from someone you trust. Even if you send a letter, make sure you understand the Opt Out Coupon.

Write your name, address and telephone number in the letter or Opt Out Coupon. You must also write the name of the lawsuit in the letter. The lawsuit is called Clegg v. Province of Ontario.

The Post Office must stamp the envelope with your letter or Opt Out Coupon by April 15, 2016.  Send the envelope to:

Schedule 1 Settlement
3-505, 133 Weber Street North 
Waterloo, Ontario 
N2J 3G9 

Keep a copy of the letter or Opt Out Coupon and write down the date you put it in the mail. Keep that date with your copy.

How can I find out more about the lawsuit and the settlement?

You can read the short form notice and long form notice for more information.  You can find both notices at the end of this announcement.
You can also ask questions by:
Mailing a letter to Schedule 1 Settlement  at 3-505, 133 Weber Street North Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3G9 
Sending an email to schedule1facilities@crawco.ca 
Calling toll-free 1-866-442-4465
Calling TTY toll-free 1-877-627-7027 
 

Are family members part of the lawsuit?

No. But estates of people who lived somewhere on the list may be part of the lawsuit if the person died after June 16, 2012.

Do you know someone who lived at a place on the list?

Please share this information with them or their support person.

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