August 19, 2011
Today this action was certified as a class proceeding by the Honourable Madame Justice Horkins, with the consent of the Defendant. The class is defined as:
(a) All persons who resided at the Southwestern Regional Centre (“Southwestern”) between September 1, 1963 and October 31, 2008 who were alive as of December 29, 2008 (the “Resident Class”); and
(b) All parents, spouses, children and siblings of persons who resided at Southwestern between March 31, 1978 and October 31, 2008, who were alive as of December 29, 2008 (the “Family Class”).
The next step in this action is to provide notice to the class in accordance with the Certification Order, which you may find here, then the production of documents, examinations for discovery and other steps leading up to a common issues trial. It is expected that the first stage of notice to the class, being published in various newspapers, will occur in the coming weeks.