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Lawsuit Against Schools for the Deaf
There is a class action lawsuit against the Province of Ontario
on behalf of the students in three schools for the deaf across
Ontario. The schools are Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf in
Milton, Robarts School for the Deaf in London, and the Sir James
Whitney School for the Deaf in Belleville.
The students of these three schools allege that they were
psychologically, physically, and sexually abused at these three
schools and the Province of Ontario failed to care for and protect
them. This lawsuit started on August 23, 2016. It includes anyone
who has attended or resided at the schools for the Deaf from
September 1, 1938 to August 23, 2016.
To be involved in the lawsuit, you do not have to do anything. If
benefits occur from this lawsuit, you will be contacted regarding
your share. If you wish to be removed from this class action lawsuit
you must send a letter to School Abuse Class Action Administrator,
c/o Crawford & Company Inc., 3-505 133 Weber St. N., Waterloo ON N2J
3G9 or go to
www.schoolsforthedeafclassaction.ca. The deadline to opt out is
September 1, 2017.
To get legal advice and further information about the class action
suit, contact the law firm Koskie Minsky LLP at
www.kmlaw.ca/Case-Central/Overview/?rid=197 or you can call
their office toll free at 1-877-309-9111 (if through Bell Relay dial
Low cost computers available to low income earners
As a pilot program of RCT (Renewed Computer Technology, a
not-for-profit, charitable organization), RCTech OUTREACH enables
low income earners to access affordable quality refurbished
computers and computer set up training.
Visit their website for details, pricing and an application
LEARN LAW - Monthly Newspaper Column
A new legal information column called LEARN LAW has been
launched. Provided as a public service by the Legal Aid Ontario Five
County Service Coordination Network, this monthly feature covers
topics like family law, rights at work, consumer problems, wills and
powers of attorney, and rental housing issues. Column writers
include local lawyers who have volunteered their time and the staff
of community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario.
This column is provided as a public service to advance our goal of
improving access to justice and legal information for people who
live in small urban and rural and remote areas that make up
Northumberland, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, and
Frontenac Counties in Eastern Ontario. The idea for monthly
newspaper columns was one of the recommendations in our report:
Paths to Justice: Navigating with the Wandering Lost, which
was released in March 2011.
About 25 newspapers throughout the 5 counties were contacted by
email and phone to see if they would carry the column. Eight
confirmed interest in publishing the columns and receive them
monthly. So far, we have seen the column published in 6
newspapers, and have received positive feedback.
Columns are written monthly by different members of the Five
County Network, or by private bar partners. Each column contains
referrals to applicable and credible resources for more information
for those interested.
Due to the legal information content, the article cannot be
edited or amended without our written consent and it must not be
published any later than 6 weeks after it has been submitted.
Additionally, it must always be published with the “disclaimer”
For more information, or if you wish to use one of our articles,
please contact Michele Leering,
Executive Director of the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre.
Five County Connecting Region Project - Final Report Available
The Five County Connecting Region project has released their
To read more about this project to develop a regional strategy for providing
legal services to people who live in rural and remote areas or speak
languages other than French or English, read our May 2011
This site provides general information
only, specific to Ontario, Canada. It is NOT legal advice.
Please call us or a lawyer in your area for advice on your particular
situation. Visit the
Legal Aid Ontario site to find a clinic in your area.