The coast-to-coast legal saga of the Mount Cashel victims resumes in Toronto on Tuesday, as an Ontario Superior Court hears arguments about the sale of two schools in Vancouver.
It's been a decade since a dozen members of the Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada were convicted of abusing boys at the Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John's.
The Brothers have been ordered to pay millions of dollars to compensate about 90 victims.
The victims want Vancouver College in downtown Vancouver and Burnaby's St. Thomas More Collegiate sold so the proceeds can go to that compensation.
The schools are thought to be worth more than $40 million.
An Ontario Superior Court ordered the sale, and the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal last May.
A B.C. Supreme Court refused to grant an injunction last month, but sent the case back to Ontario.
- FROM JUNE 3, 2002: Mt. Cashel compensation dispute goes back to Ontario court
J.J. Byrne was at Mount Cashel for six years starting in 1956. He is among those waiting for compensation for the sexual and physical abuse he suffered there.
He accuses the Roman Catholic Church of delaying payment of the award any way it can.
"They will do everything possible to re-victimize the victims of Mount Cashel," he said.
But it isn't just the church fighting the sale of the two schools.
The attorney general of British Columbia is opposed to the sale, and is acting with the archdiocese of Vancouver. They say the Brothers don't own the schools, they only operated them as trustees.
But a lawyer in St. John's, representing 21 of the victims, says Tuesday's hearing should bring the saga closer to the end.
"We still have the mechanics of the sale but hopefully this hearing will be the end of the legal battles," said Geoff Budden.