This class proceeding concerns allegations of abuse at the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind (“Ross MacDonald”). Ross MacDonald (previously the Ontario School for the Blind) is a provincial school for elementary and secondary school students who are visually impaired. It has been in operation since 1872 and, historically, most students lived in residence.
The Plaintiff alleges that members of the class were physically, and psychologically traumatized by their experiences at Ross MacDonald. It is alleged that the Defendant, the Province of Ontario, breached its fiduciary and common law duties to the class through the establishment, operation, and supervision of Ross MacDonald. In particular, it is alleged that the Defendant failed to care for and protect class members, which resulted in loss or injury, including psychological trauma, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
The class of people included in this lawsuit includes anyone who attended or resided at the school between January 1, 1951 and May 4, 2012, who were alive as of February 22, 2009. Also included in the class are all spouses, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and siblings of persons who attended or resided at Ross MacDonald School from March 31, 1978 to May 4, 2012, who were alive as of February 22, 2009.
Koskie Minsky LLP represents the Plaintiff in this action.